What is the course about?
Explore secular Arab nationalism under the leadership of Nasser, in the aftermath of WWII and the foundation of Israel on this interactive lecture-based course. Look at why Arabs turned to political Islam after the 'failure of secular nationalism'.
What will we cover?
- `Nasserism` and Pan-Arab nationalism
- The death of `Nasserism` and the more recent growth of Muslim nationalism(s).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- List decisive events in the post-World War 2 development of Arab nationalism
- Identify aspects of `Nasserism`
- Identify some of the forces leading to Muslim nationalism
- Demonstrate an understanding of key debates around this topic.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good
grasp of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills. You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor inputs, class discussion, handouts etc.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional cost. You may find a pen and paper useful in case you would like to take down any notes during the day course.
Some books are recommended for optional further reading should you wish to attend the other two courses.
Anne Alexander, Nasser (Haus Publishing, London, 2005)
Adeed Dawisha, The Second Arab Awakening: Revolution, Democracy, and the Islamist Challenge from Tunis to
Damascus (W.W. Norton & Co., 2013)
Albert Hourani, A History of the Arab Peoples. With a New Afterword by Malise Ruthven (Harvard University Press,
Cambridge, Mass., 2010)
Malcolm H. Kerr, The Arab Cold War: Gamal ‘Abd al-Nasir and His Rivals 1958-1970, 3rd ed, Oxford University
Press, Oxford 1971
Hans Kohn, A History of Nationalism in the East, Brace and Co, Harcourt 1929
Peter Mansfield, A History of the Middle East (3rd edition revised and updated by Nicholas Pelham, Penguin,
Aron David Miller, The Arab States and the Palestine Question: Between Ideology and Self-Interest, Praeger
Publishers 1986, New York
Eugene L. Rogan, The Arabs: A History (Basic Books, New York, 2009)
Kamal Salibi, A House of Many Mansions, I. B Tauris, New York (2003).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see the Contemporary history and politics OR World history sections on the college website, at www.citylit.ac.uk.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details