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Introduction to the politics, society and culture of the Middle East and North Africa. Examination of the transformations that occurred during and following WWI and WWII, the rise of anti-colonial nationalism and Islamism, the emergence of nation-states, the creation of the state of Israel and the evolution of the Arab-Israel conflict. Discussion of the impact of globalisation, the development of democratic, feminist, minority rights and Islamist movements, the dynamics and evolution of the ‘Arab Spring’ and the current crisis of the MENA region, following the end of the Cold War.