Lecture version of Economics 326S. Introduction to political history of Middle East from advent of Islam 14 centuries ago to modern era. Four objectives: (1) familiarize students with institutions responsible for characteristics of political development in region; (2) examine particular transformations/selected cases of inertia to derive lessons about mechanisms that govern political development, including democratization; (3) investigate how religion shaped region's political trajectory; (4) identify social forces, especially economic forces, driving contemporary rediscovery/reinterpretation of Islam's political organization and requirements, by both Islamists and secular political actors.
Instructor Consent Required
Prerequisite: Economics 101D, or Economics 21 and 22