A History of the Modern Middle East - William L. Cleveland & Martin Bunton (5th ed., 2013)
Making Big Money in 1600: The Life and Times of Ismail Abu Taqiyya, Egyptian Merchant - Nelly Hanna (1998)
Harem Years: Memoirs of an Egyptian Feminist - Huda Shaarawi (1986)
A. Introduction to the course, the Middle East, and Islam.
Week 1, Aug. 22-26:
course introduction; peoples and cultures of the Middle East, present and past. (Three lectures this week; Friday discussion sections begin in week 2.)
Required reading: None. Start reading for next week and familiarize yourself with the course website.
Week 2, Aug. 29-Sept. 2:
The “classical” Ottoman state and its transformation. Map quiz on Friday.
Required reading: Cleveland, History, introduction to Part One and chaps. 1-3; also in e-reserves & the course pack: Douglas A. Howard, “Ottoman Historiography and the Literature of ‘Decline’ of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries,” Journal of Asian History, 22, 1 (1988), pp. 52-77, and Jane Hathaway, “The Military Households in Ottoman Egypt,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 27 (1995), pp. 39-52. 
B. Decline vs. transformation: The Ottoman Empire, 16th – 18th centuries.
Week 3, Labor Day holiday; Sept. 7 & 9:
Islam, the basics; Introduction to the Middle East & North African library collection by Dr. Laila Moustafa, MENA librarian.
Week 3, Labor Day holiday; Sept. 7 & 9: Islam, the basics; Introduction to the Middle East & North African library collection by Dr. Laila Moustafa, MENA librarian.
Required reading: explore the MENA collection website http://www.library.illinois.edu/ias/middleeasterncollection/index.html and read, in e-reserves & the course pack: Ian R. Manners and Barbara McKean Parmenter, “The Middle East: A Geographic Preface,” in Deborah J. Gerner and Jillian Schwedler, Understanding the Contemporary Middle East (2004), 5-32. 
Week 4, Sept. 12-16:
State and society in the Ottoman Empire, 16th-18th c. Submit preliminary paper proposal in Compass before noon on Monday
Required reading: Hanna, Making Big Money, all. 
Week 5, Sept. 19-23:
Outside the Ottoman sphere: Iran and Arabia. Sign up for meetings next week.
Required reading: in e-reserves & the course pack: John Voll, “The Foundations of the Modern Experience: Revival and Reform in the Eighteenth Century,” pp. 24-83 in Islam: Continuity and Change in the Modern World. Skim but do not ignore the sections dealing with regions outside the Middle East. 
C. The reform era, late 18th through 19th century.
Week 6, Sept 26-30:
18th century autonomous provincial regimes; the Nizam-i Jadid of Sultan Selim III. Submit revised paper proposal in Compass before noon on Sunday Oct 2.
Required reading: Cleveland, History, introduction to part 2 and chap. 4; also in e-reserves & the course pack: Albert Hourani, "Ottoman Reform and the Politics of Notables," in W. Polk, ed., Beginnings of Modernization in the Middle East (1968), 41-68; James Gelvin, “The ‘Politics of Notables’ Forty Years After,” Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, 40, 1 (2006), 19-29; Uriel Heyd, "The Ottoman Ulema and Westernization in the Time of Selim III and Mahmud II," in U. Heyd, ed., Studies in Islamic History and Civilization (1961), 63-96; and Donald Quataert, “Clothing Laws, State, and Society in the Ottoman Empire, 1720-1829,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 29, 3 (1997), 403-25. 
Week 7, Oct. 3-7:
Muhammad Ali’s reforms in Egypt; later reforms in the Ottoman Empire and Egypt. Take-home midterm assigned on Wednesday. (Three lectures this week.)
Required reading: Cleveland, History, chap. 5. 
D. The advance of European domination.
Week 8, Oct. 10-14:
European spheres of interest and commercial hegemony; midterm due in class on Wednesday.
Required reading: Cleveland, History, chap. 6; also in e-reserves & the course pack: Richard Horowitz, “International Law and State Transformation in China, Siam, and the Ottoman Empire during the Nineteenth Century,” Journal of World History, 14, 4 (2005), 445-86; Sarah Shields, “Interdependent Spaces: Relations between the City and the Countryside in the Nineteenth Century,” in P. Sluglett, ed., The Urban Social History of the Middle East 1750-1950 (2008), 43-66; and André Raymond, "Cairo," in A. Hourani, et al., eds., The Modern Middle East (2004), 310-37. 
Week 9, Oct. 17-21: Further changes in economic and social life; the Ottoman and Egyptian bankruptcies of 1875-76.
Required reading: in e-reserves & the course pack: Kenneth M. Cuno, “Joint Family Households and Rural Notables in Nineteenth-Century Egypt,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 27, 4 (1995), 485-502; Donald Quataert, "Ottoman Women, Households, and Textile Manufacturing, 1800-1914, in N. Keddie and B. Baron, ed., Women in Middle Eastern History (1991), 161-76; Paul Dumont, "Said Bey -- The Everyday Life of an Istanbul Townsman," in H.G. Majer, ed., Osmanistische Studien zur Wirtshafts und Sozialgeschichte (1986), 1-16; and Ehud Toledano, “Shemsigul: a Circassian Slave in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Cairo, in E. Burke ed., Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East (1993), 59-74. 
Week 10, Oct. 24-28:
The construction of an autonomous Lebanon; Syria and Palestine in the mid 19th century.
Required reading: in e-reserves & the course pack: Beshara Doumani, “The Political Economy of Population Counts in Ottoman Palestine: Nablus, circa 1850,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 26 (1994), 1-17; Elizabeth Thompson, “Ottoman Poliltical Reform in the Provinces: The Damascus Advisory Council in 1844-45,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 25, 3 (1993), 457-75; and Ussama Makdisi, “After 1860: Debating Religion, Reform and Nationalism in the Ottoman Empire,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 34, 4 (2002), 601-17. 
E. Colonial modernity.
Week 11, Oct. 31-Nov. 4:
Anti-imperialism and liberal constitutionalism.
Required reading: Cleveland, History, chap. 8; and in e-reserves & the course pack: Feroz Ahmad, “War and Society under the Young Turks, 1908-1918,” Review, 11, 2 (1988), 265-86; and Ervand Abrahamian, "The Crowd in the Persian Revolution," Iranian Studies, 2, 4 (1969), 128-50. 
Week 12, Nov. 7-11:
Islamic Modernism & Pan-Islamism.
Required reading: Cleveland, History, chap. 7; and in e-reserves & the course pack: Indira Falk Gesink, “‘Chaos on the Earth’: Subjective Truths versus Communal Unity in Islamic Law and the Rise of Militant Islam,” American Historical Review, 108, 3 (2003), 710-33; and Selim Deringil, “The Invention of Tradition as Public Image in the Late Ottoman Empire, 1808 to 1908,” Comparative Studies in Society and History, 35, 1 (1993), 3-29. 
Week 13, Nov. 14-18:
Nationalism before the First World War. Term paper due Monday.
Required reading: Cleveland, History, chap. 9; also in e-reserves & the course pack: Rashid Khalidi, “Ottoman Notables in Jerusalem: Nationalism and Other Options,” The Muslim World, 84, 1-2 (1994), 1-18; and Beth Baron, “Mothers, Morality, and Nationalism in Pre-1919 Egypt,” in R. Khalidi, et al., ed., The Origins of Arab Nationalism (1991), 271-88. 
Week 14, Nov. 28-Dec. 2:
Women’s “Emancipation” and the New Family Ideal
Required reading: Shaarawi, Harem Years, all. 
Week 15, Dec. 5 & 7:
Summing up. Discussion of final exam & ICES forms on the last day of class.