Course Number 0654-4127-01
Course Name Minorities and the State in the Middle East
Academic Unit The Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities -
Middle Eastern and African History
Lecturer Prof. Bruce Maddy-WeitzmanContact
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Office Hours By appointmentBuilding: Gilman Humanities , Room: 424
Mode of Instruction Seminar
Credit Hours 4
Semester 2020/2
Day Mon
Hours 12:00-14:00
Building Gilman Humanities
Room 455
Semester 2020/2
Day Thu
Hours 16:00-18:00
Building Gilman Humanities
Room 455
Fully online course Course is taught in English
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Short Course Description

The post-World War I territorial states that emerged on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire and out of French North Africa were based on a particularly doctrine of state nationalism which emphasized Arab and Turkish ethnicity. Modern Iran had a different trajectory, but also gave greater emphasis on Persian ethnicity as the core of the nation-state. Minority ethno-linguistic and religious communities were expected to assimilate into the dominant, ?enlightened? polities being fashioned, or face the consequences. This course will examine the efforts by Middle Eastern states to subsume their minorities into this dominant paradigm, and the various responses of the subordinate groups. Special attention will be devoted to the Kurds and Berbers, the two largest ethno-linguistic communities in the region that have not achieved self-determination, particularly in light of their newly assertive identity movements in recent years.

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