What is the course about?
This interactive-lecture day course will trace the growth of Arab nationalism in the decaying Ottoman Empire and the formation of new Arab states in the aftermath of World War I: the background to understanding contemporary events in the Middle East.
What will we cover?
- The spread of Islam
- The growth of the Ottoman Empire
- European Imperialism and the `Eastern Question`
- The growth of Arab nationalism in the nineteenth century.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- List key events in the growth of the Ottoman Empire
- Identify the forces which led to Arab nationalism in the nineteenth century
- Discuss some debates and explanations around the growth of Arab nationalism.
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. You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading. 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.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will be delivered through tutor presentation, accompanied by PowerPoint slides. We will use a variety maps, images, video and text throughout the session, as appropriate.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No, but some books are recommended for optional further reading should you wish.
Hans Kohn, A History of Nationalism in the East, Brace and Co, Harcourt 1929
Kamal Salibi, A House of Many Mansions, I. B Tauris, New York (2003)
Aron David Miller, The Arab States and the Palestine Question: Between Ideology and Self-Interest, Praeger
Publishers 1986, New York
Malcolm H. Kerr, The Arab Cold War: Gamal ‘Abd al-Nasir and His Rivals 1958-1970, 3rd ed, Oxford University
Press, Oxford 1971
Derek Hopwood (ed) Arab Nation, Arab Nationalism, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2000.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see the 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