GV4J8 Half Unit
Middle East Politics in Transnational Perspective
This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Prof John Chalcraft CON.5.16
This course is available on the MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in Conflict Studies and MSc in Global Politics. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
This course is available on the MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in Conflict Studies, MSc in Global Politics and MSc in Political Sociology. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
This course offers an advanced introduction to the contemporary politics of the Middle East and North Africa in transnational perspective. It takes a critical, sociological, historically-informed, and qualitative approach. It focuses particularly on cross-border structures of power and forms of resistance. We study such topics as transnational revolutionary movements, the new religious politics, neoliberalism, monarchy and migration, feminism, counter-insurgency, authoritarianism across borders, the regional uprisings of 2011, and horizontalism and radical democracy. Students will develop an advanced introductory understanding of the transnational politics of the region.
16 hours and 30 minutes of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the MT.
The lecture in Week 6 is an essay writing workshop.
Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT.
Abdelrahman, Maha. 2011.’The Transnational and the Local: Egyptian Activists and Transnational Protest Networks’ British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, (Dec), Vol.38: 3: 407-424.
Achcar, Gilbert. 2004. Eastern Cauldron: Islam, Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq in a Marxist Mirror. New York: Monthly Review Press
Chalcraft, John. 2016. Popular Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East. Cambridge University Press.
Khalili, Laleh. 2012. Time in the Shadows. Stanford University Press.
Massad, Joseph. 2002. ‘Re-orienting desire: the Gay International and the Arab World’ Public Culture, Vol.14 (2).
Moghadam, Valentine M. 2015. ‘Transnational Feminist Activism and Movement Building’ The Oxford Handbook of Transnational Feminist Movements, Rawwida Baksh and Wendy Harcourt eds. Oxford University Press.
Owen, Roger. 2002. The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Patel, David, Valerie Bunce, and Sharon Wolchik. 2014. ‘Diffusion and Demonstration’ in The Arab Uprisings Explained: New Contentious Politics in the Middle East. Marc Lynch ed. New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 57-74.
Rodriguez, Robyn Magalit. 2011. ‘Philippine Migrant Workers' Transnationalism in the Middle East’ International Labor and Working-Class History, No. 79, (Spring 2011), pp. 48-61.
Essay (100%, 5000 words).
Essay (100%, 5000 words).
Total students 2017/18: Unavailable
Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable
Controlled access 2017/18: No
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving