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Modern history of the Middle East

This course gives an overview of the historical development in the Middle East and North Africa from the middle of the 16th century until the present. The emphasis will be put on the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire, imperialism and the formation of independent states.

The course aims to give the students a historical background to the current Middle East through a study of the political factors that resulted in the formation of the present nation states, thus demonstrating how contemporary courses of events can be elucidated through an analysis of both imperialism and local factors in the region.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    Lectures and seminars.

    Course details and resources

    The course details and the literature list can be found in the learning platform:
    Athena (the link is being updated)

    Please note that only registered students have access to downloadable resourses such as PDF documents.


    The course is examined on the basis of a written take home assignment, in the form of an essay assignment.


    Isa Blumi

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    The course literature for Autumn 21 is being updated.

  • Contact

    For questions about studying Middle Eastern and North African Studies at Stockholm University, please contact Martin Säfström, Director of Studies.

    E-mail: Martin Säfström
    Phone No.: +46(0)8-16 29 46