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Middle East: Historical Perspectives

This course provides an overview of the history of the Middle East, from the decline of the Ottoman empire and the colonial epoch until today.

It adopts both a chronological and a thematic perspective, in order to outline the most relevant dynamics that the region has witnessed, with a particular focus on political trends and socio-economic models of development.

The purpose is to enable the students to outline regional dynamics within the Middle East over the course of the last century, but also to link the Middle East to other regions and to a global perspective.

At the same time, the emergence of the Middle East as both a geopolitical concept and a field of studies will be discussed in its sociocultural and ethical implications, mainly but not only through a discussion of orientalism and post-colonial studies. This will enable the students to develop a critical overview of their field of studies, its historical formation, and its current limitations.

  • Course structure

    The course consists of one module, 7.5 credits.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures and seminars. The language of instruction is English.

    Attendance at all teaching sessions is obligatory.

    Course details and resources

    Course infromation, details and literature list for Autumn 23 can be found in the learning platform Athena closer to the setart of the semester. 

    Please note that only registred students have access to downloadable resources such as PDF documents in Athena.


    The course is examined on the basis of a written essay assignment. The examination will be in English.


    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.
  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Do you have questions about the courses in Middle Eastern and North Africa's Languages and Cultures?

    Student Councelor:

    Director of Studies:
    Martin Säfström
    Phone: 08-16 29 43