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Race and Ethnicity in the Middle East and North Africa

ANTH 304
Fall 2019
Section: 01  
Certificates: International Relations, International Relations Minor, Middle Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies Minor, Muslim Studies, Muslim Studies Minor, African Studies Minor
Course Cluster: African Studies, African Studies Minor

Who holds power in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)? How is it wielded? Over whom? This course interrogates the social and cultural lives of empire in the colonial and postcolonial MENA. We explore the afterlives of the Arab, Persian, and Ottoman Empires on minority communities; the affects and effects of US and European colonial intervention; and the discriminatory practices of new regimes of neoliberal capital in the region. Course readings ask students to examine and to learn about Orientalism and Islamophobia; neo-imperialism; settler colonialism and occupation; underdevelopment and de-development; dependency; the kafala system; colorism and fairness; anti-blackness; and the historical marginalization of indigenous groups like Berbers and Kurds. Drawing on historical texts, ethnographic works, and analyses of race, indigeneity, labor, and migration alongside contemporary activist efforts around housing, the environment, and education, we will seek to understand and deconstruct the flows of power in and outside the MENA region.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ANTH
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MEST-MN)(MUST-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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