Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2171: A History of the Modern Middle East, 1900-2014

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


World War I and the Partition of the Ottoman Empire
Ataturk and the Creation of Modern Turkey
The Mandates, 1920s-40s
European Imperialism, 1830s-1960s
Palestine and Zionism, 1880s-1948
The Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1948-
The Age of Revolution, 1950s-60s
Iran under the Pahlavis, 1925-79

The Lebanese Civil War
The Iranian Revolution and the Islamic Republic, 1979-
The Gulf Shaikhdoms
Review for final exam

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities2211 x 2 hour classes. Students will need to complete all readings prior to class and be ready to participate. On some occasions students will be asked to make presentations.
Guided independent study130Reading and research
Guided independent study74Completing assignments
Guided independent study74Preparing for assessments

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).