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Advanced Historical Literature: Middle East


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HIST 201 ME: The Body and Revolution in Middle East History Spring 2020

The opening salvo of the Arab uprisings in December 2010 was Muhamad Bouazizi’s self-immolation. In the last ten years of political upheaval in the Arab world and the Middle East more broadly, the body has come to the surface, once again, as a site of resistance and submission, of triumph and defeat, of survival and death. In the singular and the collective, bodies challenged calcified orders and norms. In individuals and groups, bodies proposed an alternate public, a different political vision. How do we position the body in politics? What can it teach us about the past, the present, and the future in the Middle East? We will approach the body not as a transparent surface, an instrument, an obstacle, an extension, or a passive object, but as a borderland and a threshold. We will study the experiences and histories of laborers, prisoners, protestors, activists, and every day people. Our aim is to read up, across, and through prisms of class, gender, and colonialism to question the contours and limits of the normal, the healthy, the abled, and the pious.


No pre-requisites have been entered for this course.


View the course’s Canvas page or the instructor’s page for documents: Sherene Seikaly   

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