This course covers the History of the Middle East from the 18th century until the present, examining the region ranging from Morocco to Iran and including the Ottoman Empire. It focuses on transformations in the states of the region, external intervention, and the emergence of modern nation-states, as well as aspects of social, economic, cultural and intellectual history of the region.
Lecture 1 Introduction 1.20.09
Lecture 2 The Big Crunch and Big Bang Theory of Islamic History 1.22.09
Lecture 3 Geography and Inequality 1.27.09
Lecture 4 "Inequality" vs "Difference" 1.29.09
Lecture 5 Land Ownership 2.3.09
Lecture 8 The Islamic Universe of Social Discourse 2.12.09
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History of the Modern Middle East, Columbia U.
So useful for a survey of the area. I'd recommend it to others who, like me, are starting with a sketchy grasp of the subject.
Two suggestions to the professor and the producer:
Professor Bulliet, don't say 'uh' unless you mean it. You say it at least once in every sentence. That's mean to your listeners and unfair to your good thinking. That said, please come to Chicago and let the Columbia Alumni Club invite you for an evening.
Recordist, get better audio. With modern tiny digital recorders, you can have him wear a recorder and not have to publish echoey audio.
I've listened to three lectures, including listening to the 19th century one twice. I can't wait to hear the rest, even though I had those small and fixable issues.
Could have been great
I regret having to give this podcast a low rating. The few parts I could make out indicate a informative content but the poor sound quality spoil the experience.
I find it very disconcerting that the whole class laughs when he said his predecessor was hit by a car and killed…. poor sound quality