Syllabus for Muslim Nations in Contemporary History

SYNOPSIS: This course traces the emergence of independent Muslim nation-states, and their impact on socio-political and ideological structure of Muslim society. It examines the relationship between the West and Muslim nation states during the Cold War. It highlights the role of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), its functions, structures, problems and prospects in the era of globalization.




1. 7 & 9 July

Introduction and Conceptual Frameworks


2 14, 16 July

Muslim responses to European colonialism and modernization

The Tanzimat and modernization of the Ottoman sultanate.

The nationalist movements

Esposito (1998), 33-98.


21, 23 July

28, 30 July

4, 6 Aug

Emergence of Muslim nation states

The emergence of modern Turkey.

The emergence of modern Iran

The emergence of the modern Saudi Kingdom.

Iraq & Transjordan (Cleveland, 191-201)

Syria & Lebanon (Cleveland, 202-215)

Esposito (1998), 99-136.

Gold, 211-223




11, 13 Aug

Islamic resurgence in the Muslim World

Esposito (1998), 136-157.


18-20 Aug

Islamic revolution in Iran


25, 27 Aug

8, 10 Sep

The Palestinian issue

The emergence of the state of Israel.

The war of 1967.

The Camp David Accords, 1978.

Oslo Accord, 1993.

Al-Aqsa intifadah and its political consequences.

Husain (1995), 178-200.

Saleh, (2000), 30-83.


15 Sep

17 Sep nuzul Quran

Inter-governmental organizations

The creation of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC)

Functions and structures.

Problems and prospects.

Husain (1995), 201-216.

Ahsan, (1986).


22, 24 Sep

US foreign policies in the Middle East

Ideological conflict.

Utilization of nature resources.

The state of Israel.


6, 8 Oct

13, 15 Oct

Recent Developments: (1970s to1990s)

Libya (Esposito,161-171)

Pakistan (171-196)

Taliban (233-235)

Egypt (235-260)

Sudan (260-273)

Lebanon (273-289)

Iraq (289-287)

Algeria 302-308


20, 22 Oct

International Terrorism and the Muslim World


Required Readings

John L. Esposito, (1998), Islam and Politics, 4th ed., (Syracuse. New York: Syracuse University Press

Cleveland, W.L. (2000). A History of the Modern Middle East. Boulder, Co: Westview Press.

Goldschmidt, A. (2003). A concise history of the Middle East. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.


2 Responses to “Syllabus for Muslim Nations in Contemporary History”

  1. zhafiz Says:

    Wiwin. Good to have you visiting class blog. My Muslim Nations class has migrated to
    Due to my tight schedule, I can only update the blog during my spare time. Slides on Iran has not been posted yet, but you can find two other slides there.
    Yes, this is the same Esposito whose book we are using in our class.

  2. wiwin Says:

    assalamualaikum, SirThis is my first time visiting our class blog. I really appreciate the existence of this class blog. Not much from lecturers want to spend their time for making such “heavy” work:)

    I am looking for lecture slides… about the emergence of modern IRAN (today class). Hope you can post it…

    Actually, if you are not mind, i hope you can always post the each class slide one day before the class begin,cause it would be more easier for me who is still not really good enough in, i can learn it before class.

    Your attention to this matter would be appreciated.Jazakumullah khairan katsira

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