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Course Description

This course examines the roles of populations usually regarded as ‘marginal’ – the Berbers of North Africa, the Kurds of the Middle East and the Bedouin pastoralists across the MENA region, as well as some smaller ‘outsider’ populations – in the modern history of the countries in which they are located. Traditionally associated with mountain districts or steppe and desert regions far from the urban centers of government, commerce and cultural life, they have nonetheless often been active participants in the processes of change in the region. Since the early 20th century, moreover, intense rural-urban migration has brought large numbers of them to the cities and significantly affected urban society from Tehran to Casablanca and also contributed to the formation of diaspora communities in Europe and North America. While primarily historical, the course will have an interdisciplinary aspect, in considering the anthropology of these populations and the subsequent sociology of the varied transformations they have been experiencing and contributing to.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA.

Instructor Approval: Not Required.

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.
Refund Policy: Course Policy 1

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School of Arts & Sciences