W3719 History of the Modern Middle East - Audio
By Professor Richard Bulliet
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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||--||3/2/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 2 The Big Crunch and Big Bang Theory of Islamic History 1.22.09||--||2/23/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 3 Geography and Inequality 1.27.09||--||2/23/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 4 "Inequality" vs "Difference" 1.29.09||--||2/23/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 5 Land Ownership 2.3.09||--||2/23/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 8 The Islamic Universe of Social Discourse 2.12.09||--||2/17/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 7 The Sword, the Pen and the Turban 2.10.09||--||2/23/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 6 Gunpowder Empires and the Canonical History of the Middle East 2.5.09||--||2/23/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 9 Secular Nationalism 2.17.09||--||2/17/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 10 Assessing Change over Time 2.19.09||--||2/19/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 11 Change and Popular Culture: the Late 19th Century 2.24.09||--||2/24/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 12 Iran in the 19th Century 2.26.09||--||2/26/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 13 Intellectual Trends Under Sultan Abdul Hamid II 3.3.09||--||3/3/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 14 The Committee for Union and Progress 3.5.09||--||3/11/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 15 World War I 3.10.09||--||3/11/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 16 The Time Between Wars 3.24.09||--||3/25/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 17 Palestine and Zionism 3.26.09||--||3/27/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 18 The Question of Islamic Authority 3.31.09||--||4/1/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 19 New Muslim Organizations 4.2.09||--||4/3/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 20 Cold War 4.9.09||--||4/10/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 21 Oil and the State 4.14.09||--||4/15/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 22 The Neomamluck State 4.16.09||--||4/17/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 23 Iran Under the Shahs 4.21.09||--||4/22/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 24 The Islamic Republic of Iran 4.23.09||--||4/28/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 25 A New Era of Violence 4.28.09||--||4/29/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lecture 26 The End of Middle East History 4.30.09||--||5/1/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
The intro was very weak but it built apon it's self as tine lapped on
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Audio Quality was terrible.... sounded like a cassett recorder set up in the next to last row.
Bulliet, History of the Modern Middle East
A thoughtful and clear survey of the history of the region, but the biggest drawback by far is the abysmal quality of the sound. Particular since the material deals with a whole host of Arabic, Turkish, and Iranian names which won't be familiar to a Western audience, the bad sound quality does a lot of damage to the comprehensibility and user-friendliness of what would otherwise be a great introduction. If Columbia wants to put its best foot forward by putting lectures on the web, it needs to put just a little effort into getting a quality product out there.
After listening some more, some follow-up comments. The course is very good on big ideas and big picture concepts, and Bulliet has an excellent, dry sense of humor and a sense of when an anecdote is what's needed to illustrate those big picture points. The course does NOT, however, spend a lot of time on the nuts & bolts of names, dates, and places. The course to some degree assumes that the listener has a pretty good sense of who does what to whom when.
Also, Bulliet talks slowly, so this is a course you can listen to at double-speed without much trouble.