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CMED 1235A - Informal Networks in the Middle East

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

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Course Description

The purpose of this course is to expose its students to the new methodologies offered by the interdisciplinary field of Network Theory, and the ways in which they can be used to better understand social, cultural and political actors in the Middle East. The course opens with a methodological introduction in which we will study basic tools and research approaches of Network Theory. After the introduction, we will apply these tools and concepts to different case studies.

Teachers

CHOREV, Harel (Lecturer and Researcher)

Pedagogical format

- Lecture 1: Introduction: the methodology of Network Theory in Middle Eastern Studies - Lecture 2: Informal familial & legal networks of customary law ('Urf) in Israel and Palestine. - Lecture 3: Informal familial & legal networks + a movie (Ajami). - Lecture 4: Elite and Family Organizationsʼ Networks: the Cases of the Ja'baris (Hebron) and the al-Masris (Nablus) - Lecture 5: Social Media Networks: Between the Arab Spring and ISIS. - Lecture 6: Social Media Networks + a documentary (Chicago Girl). - Lecture 7: Networks of Imagined Online Communities: Lone-Wolf Attacks - Lecture 8: Networks of Imagined Online Communities: Lone-Wolf Attacks - Lecture 9: The Networks of Hamas: Guerilla, Terror and Institutionalization. - Lecture 10: The Networks of Hamas: Guerilla, Terror and Institutionalization + a documentary (Hamas behind the Mask). - Lecture 11: The Networks of al-Qa'ida (If time will allow). - Lecture 12: Preparation for final project.

Course validation

Requirements and grading: A final Power-Point project to be submitted within 50 hours after the final lesson (70% of course mark); in-class participation (30% of course mark).

Required reading

  • Albert Laszlo Barabasi, Linked (Cambridge: Perseus, 2002), pp. 1-9, 41-64
  • Doron Pely, “Where East Not Always Meets West: Comparing the Sulha Process to Western-Style Mediation and Arbitration,” Conflict Resolution Quarterly, vol. 28, no 4 (Summer 2011), pp. 427-440
  • Doron Pely, “Honor: the Sulha's Main Dispute Resolution Tool,” Conflict Resolution Quarterly, vol. 28, no 1 (Fall 2010), pp. 67-81
  • Harel Chorev-Halewa, “Changes in the Status of the Palestinian Elite Families: the Al-Jaʿabari and the Al-Masri Organizations,” forthcoming
  • Harel Chorev-Halewa, “The Spring of the Networked Nation: Social Media and the Arab Spring,” The Levantine Review, Vol. 1, No. 2 (December 2012), pp. 120-139