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University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Course:
Psc 371 - Middle Eastern Politics
Middle Eastern Politics Documents

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PSC 371 Middle Eastern Politics Fall 2008 Instructor Fait Muedini Class Hours Monday Wednesday Friday 2 00pm 2 50pm Classroom 103 Clemens Hall Office 414 Park Hall Office Hours Monday 12 00pm 2 00pm Wednesday 3 15pm 5 15pm or by appointment Contact fmuedini buffalo edu Course Objectives How do events in Arab and Islamic history impact current events in the Middle East What is Political Islam and how have different groups used Islam to reach their political objectives in the Middle East What are the theoretical arguments for and against Islam co existing with Democracy What factors may be related to the lack of democracy in much of the Middle East What are the various Islamic interpretations of the concept of human rights as known in the West How have states in the Middle East upheld or failed to uphold human rights including but not limited to women s rights What were the U S policies and actions that led to the most recent Iraq war These are just some of the issues that we will be discussing This course aims to introduce students to the complexity and historical roots of Middle Eastern Politics This course will focus on various themes including examining factors for political change the role of secularism and religion in politics issues of Islam and politics democracy human rights and women s rights in the Middle East From this course students should develop an understanding of various social and political science theories and empirical analyses that are related to the course This course encourages individual thought on various issues and will be an inviting atmosphere for students to express their opinions and expects objectiveness and an open forum for a free exchange of ideas This class is meant for students to not only grasp historical examples of political events in the Middle East but is also designed to allow students to critically think and examine current trends in Middle Eastern Politics This course will give you the opportunity to 1 develop problem



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