WiSe 14/15: States and Societies in the Middle East
Fouad Gehad Marei
This module is designed to provide students with a better understanding of the modalities of state-society relations in the modern Arab World as well as explore the varying strategies of survival, ... read more
This module is designed to provide students with a better understanding of the modalities of state-society relations in the modern Arab World as well as explore the varying strategies of survival, resistance, and adaptation 'from below'. The course examines paradigms of political economy, political culture, and comparative politics and their impact on the dynamics of state-society relations in countries of the modern Middle East. The first part of this course will focus on the modalities of dependence and paradigms of center and periphery in the evolution of state-society in the colonial era. The second part of the course examines state theory and critical state theory and is concerned with the development of the postcolonial state in the modern Middle East. The final part of the course will utilise critical theories in comparative politics and postcolonial approaches to politics and 'the state' to investigate the nature of state-society relations in the contemporary Middle East focusing on the anthropology and political economy of state-society relations and the ways in which various actors interact.
The working language of this course is English.
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