Students and Scholars in the Modern Middle East

1970A [CRN: 15842]

In this course we examine the profound transformations shaping societies and cultures across the Middle East through the lives, writings, and educational institutions of students and scholars in the region. From “traditional” madrasas, seminaries, and yeshivas, to missionary schools and American universities, we’ll make use of memoirs, biographies, and other social histories to explore a range of institutions of learning—and their complex relationships with colonialism, nationalism, Islamism, and modern state-building. Our goal: to explore the contestations and negotiations between education, everyday life, and political authority—from participatory to autocratic modes, from Morocco to Afghanistan, from 1700 to the present. M
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