This module is designed to provide students with a foundational overview of the history of the Middle East from the emergence of Islam to the present day. At the end of the module students will have acquired a broad understanding of the key issues and events in the history of the Middle East and will be able to critically engage with the analysis of contemporary political processes and with the main historiographical concepts and debates.
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Mutuazione: 21810399 STORIA DEL MEDIO ORIENTE in Politiche per la Sicurezza Globale: Ambiente, Energia e Conflitti LM-52 A - Z TRAMONTANA FELICITA


The module examines key events in the history of the Middle East such as: Birth and spread of Islam; Shia and Sunnis; Gunpowder Empires; Decline or transformation: the Ottoman empire in the 18th and 19th centuries; Colonialism in the Middle East; The roots of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict; Nasser and the Arab nationalism; The Iranian revolution.

Core Documentation

A Readings list will be provided in week 1

Type of delivery of the course

Lectures and seminars


In class presence recommended

Type of evaluation

- Mid-term test, 20% of the final assessment; - In-class presentation (on a topic agreed with the module covenor), 20% of the final assessment; - Final exam, 60% of the final assessment.