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DAFF 3070A - Creation of the Contemporary Middle East (The)

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course introduces students to the historic elements explaining the state of the Middle Eastern countries as they are today. The decline of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century, European imperialism, the affirmation of a local elite and the First World War resulted in the creation of the states of the Middle East, some of which were placed under French and British mandates during the San Remo Conference in 1920. These mandates have built the contemporary Middle East with its various political, social and societal components. The period of independence confirmed the structural obstacles faced by these states and that largely explain the current conflicts in the region. This course will present the main actors – both local and international – and how they interacted with each other to create the structures and basis of the regional states that are still defining the current governmental and societal characteristics.


ISSA, Alex (Etudiant doctorant)

Course validation

Dissertation (to be submitted at the end of the Semester, 2000 words, 50%) Oral Presentation (10 minutes, 20%) Partial exam (2 hours, 20%) Class Participation and Attendance (10%)

Required reading

  • FISHER Sydney, OCHSENWALD William, The Middle East, a History, New York : McGraw-Hill Education; 7th edition, 2010. 816 p.
  • Articles will be sent before and will be discussed during each session.