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Honors Seminars Fall 2013

The Arab Spring - A History

HON 290 Sec:001  
3 hours  
GER Cat:
Humanities (History) and Global Knowledge  
Patterson Hall 208  
Dr. Akram F. Khater
Professor of History; Director of Middle East Studies Program
Restrictions: N/A  

What caused the "Arab Spring," this tectonic shift in Middle Eastern politics that has been taking place for the last 3 years? This course will seek to answer this question by looking at the economic, political, cultural, and technological events that led to this moment. We will go beyond the breathless commentary to look at the long legacy of social movements in the region that lead up to this particular event. We will explore the role of youth, women, technology, labor unions, Islamist groups, and other groups in creating these predominantly civil movements. We will inquire as to why some were quirky and largely peaceful while other are mired in prolonged military conflict. Finally, we will explore what this means for the future of the region.