PO 444 Seminar: Intellectuals and Politics in the Middle East (Spring: 3)
Open to juniors and seniors only.
This course examines the role of intellectuals, both religious and secular,
in several Middle Eastern countries in analyzing the key problems of their
societies, articulating visions for change, supporting or challenging the
political status quo, and at times acting directly as agents of social change.
The main themes to be explored in the works of a number of prominent Middle
Eastern intellectuals include: the conflict between tradition and modernity;
the encounter with the West and the quest for authenticity; secularism,
human rights, minority rights, and democracy; and reformist versus radical
strategies for political, social, and cultural change.
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