International Relations of the Middle East
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
Prof Fawaz Gerges CBG.10.03
This course is available on the BSc in International Relations, BSc in International Relations and Chinese, BSc in International Relations and History and BSc in Politics and International Relations. This course is not available as an outside option. This course is available with permission to General Course students.
This course has a limited number of places (it is capped).
Students must have completed International Political Theory (IR200) or Foreign Policy Analysis (IR202) or an equivalent course.
The course applies the theories and conceptual tools of the discipline of International Relations to the study of the Middle East region. It uses the empirical material offered by the history, politics, political economy and international politics of the region to explore these concepts and theories.
More specifically, it provides an analysis of the regional politics of the Middle East since 1918, and of their interaction with problems of international security, global resources and great power/super power/hyperpower politics.
Topics covered include: The emergence of the state system in the Middle East during the inter-war period; the interplay of domestic politics, regional conflicts and international rivalries; the Cold War and post-Cold War significance of the Middle East in global politics; the importance of oil and other economic factors and interests; conflict in the Gulf and the Arab-Israeli conflict; the foreign policies of major Middle Eastern states and the Lebanese civil war; the role of ideologies and social movements: Arab nationalism, militarism, political Islam and global jihadism; state and non-state actors; democracy and human rights issues, the Arab Spring uprisings; and international relations theory and its significance for the study of Middle East politics.
This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures totaling a minimum of 40 hours across Michaelmas Term and Lent Term. This year, some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of online lectures and in-person classes/classes delivered online.
Two essays of 1,500 words each and 2 presentations in the MT and LT.
Students are strongly advised to read before the beginning of the course:
Fawaz A. Gerges, Making the Arab World: Nasser, Qutb, and the Clash That Shaped the Middle East
F. Halliday, The Middle East in International Relations: Power, Politics and Ideology
Madawi al-Rasheed, A Most Masculine State: Gender, Politics and Religion in Saudi Arabia
Fawaz A. Gerges, The Superpowers and the Middle East: Regional and International Politics
Louise Fawcett, International relations of the Middle East
Course readings include:
Nazih Ayubi, Over-stating the Arab State: politics and society in the Middle East
Lisa Anderson, ‘The State in the Middle East and North Africa’ Comparative Politics, October 1987
R Hinnebusch & A Ehteshami (Eds), The Foreign Policies of Middle East States
B Korany & A Dessouki (Eds), The Foreign Policies of Arab States
John Chalcraft, Popular Politics in the Making of the Middle East
Madawi al-Rasheed, Demystifying the Caliphate
Fanar Haddad, Sectarianism in Iraq: Antagonistic Visions of Unity
Fawaz A. Gerges (ed.), The New Middle East: Protest and Revolution in the Arab World
Z. Lockman, Contending Visions of the Middle East: The History and Politics of Orientalism
Take-home assessment (100%) in the ST.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: International Relations
Total students 2020/21: 22
Average class size 2020/21: 10
Capped 2020/21: Yes (20)
Value: One Unit