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Nationalisms in the Middle East

Module titleNationalisms in the Middle East
Module codeARA3129
Academic year2020/1
Credits15
Module staff

Dr Jonathan Githens-Mazer (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

30

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module examines theories of nationalism (particularly modernism, perennialism and ethnosymbolist approaches to nationalism), and will enable students to independently interpet and explain the emergence of nationalism, nations, and national identity across cases in the Middle East and North Africa. While providing some theoretical orientation and critique of explanations that are either entirely reliant on the idea of the state, or approaches that emphasise pre-state identities as constitiuting bases for nationalism, the course will ultimately help students to understand the complex interplay of identities, social structures and politics in their ultimate expression as nations and nationalisms. 

Module aims - intentions of the module

By the end of this module students will:

  • have gained an understanding of a variety of political, cultural and ideological dimensions associated to the historical development of nationalist movements in the Middle East;
  • be able to appreciate the development of nationalism by evaluating the links between historical change and the transformation of Middle Eastern identities; and
  • be able to apply abstract theoretical concepts about sociological and political understanding to concrete case studies, and to discuss how such concepts contribute (or not) to understanding of social and political behaviours.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Understand a variety of political, cultural and ideological dimensions associated to the historical development of nationalist movements in the Middle East;
  • 2. Appreciate the development of nationalism by evaluating the links between historical change and the transformation of Middle Eastern identities;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Demonstrate the ability to work on primary sources under tutor guidance;
  • 4. Demonstrate the ability to relate case studies to conceptual and theoretical frameworks in order to foster original and independent thinking;
  • 5. Demonstrate the ability understand historical change from a multi-disciplinary perspective;

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Work independently and within a group, including participation in oral discussion;
  • 7. Demonstrate the ability to organise and process data to produce a coherent and argument, both orally and in writing.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

  • What is nationalism?
  • Nationalism and nation-state
  • The Ottoman and Safavid Empires
  • Arab nationalism
  • Turkish Nationalism
  • Egyptian Nationalism
  • Jewish nationalism
  • Palestinian Nationalism
  • Nationalism in Iran
  • Kurdish nationalism
  • Review

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
221280

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 22 Classroom hours (11x2 hour seminars)Teaching sessions will normally include lecturing and class discussion focussing on individual presentations or on specific learning tasks. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of selected primary and secondary sources
Guided Independent study128 A variety of independent study tasks directed by module leader to include reading, engagement in discussion on VLE, regular interaction in seminars, events and office hours outside of class time.

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay 2,000 words1-7Written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
50500

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Examination502 hours1-7Written comments and mark
Essay 502,000 words1-7Written comments and mark

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExam (2 hours)1-7August/September reassessment period
Essay Essay (2,000 words)1-7August/September reassessment period

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Smith, Anthony D. Nationalism, Blackwell Publishers, Oxford, USA, 2001

I.Gershoni/J-Jankowsi, Rethinking Nationalism in the Arab Middle East, Columbia UP., 1997

M-J.Esman/I.Rabinovic, Ethnicity, Pluralism and the State in the Middle East, Ithaca Press, 1988

Arjomand, S.A. From Nationalism to Revolutionary Islam, SUNY Press, 1984

Vali, Abbas (ed.) Essays on the Origins of Kurdish Nationalism, Costa Mesa, Mazda. 2003

Said, Edward W. The Questions of Palestine, Vintage, 1992.

Rose, Jacqueline, The Question of Zion, Princeton University Press, 2005.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Nationalisms, Middle East, Palestinian, Kurdish, Turkish

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

6

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

01/10/2005

Last revision date

30/11/2013