Admission prioritized to the MA Middle Eastern Studies, specialisation Modern Middle East Studies. Students of the MA Middle Eastern Studies (research) or another relevant MA should seek approval from Dr. A. Stremmelaar. prior to registration. All students should have had approximately 30 EC worth of courses in Middle Eastern Studies at BA level. Students who are interested in taking this course, but who do not fulfill these requirements are requested to contact Dr. A. Stremmelaar.
If the West’s perceptions of the Middle East can be characterized as Orientalist, is Occidentalism then an apt term to be used for Middle Eastern perceptions of the West? Although coined earlier, it was brought to a wider audience by Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit in their Occidentalism: A Short History of Anti-Westernism (2004). In this course we will examine whether the concept of Occidentalism is useful in studying Middle Eastern attitudes towards the West. We will look into the historical development of Middle Eastern views about the West and into 20th and 21st century manifestations of anti-Westernism, anti-Americanism and antisemitism.
to obtain familiarity with the theories developed in social sciences and their application in the study of the Middle East and Islam;
enhance students’ analytical and critical skills through reading academic and primary texts;
to develop the skills and insights that are necessary to evaluate existing research;
to report on research findings orally and in writing, in accordance with the basic standards of humanities scholarship.
Mode of instruction
Attendance and participation are obligatory. Classes missed for a good reason (to the discretion of the convener and to be discussed BEFORE the class takes place) will have to be made up with an extra assignment. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the term end paper and a failing grade for the course.
- 2 contact hours per week = 13×2: 26 hours
• 12 hours preparing for each class: 144 hours
• Assignments: 55 hours
• Final paper: 55 hours
Total course load: 280 hours
The final mark is composed of
25% for participation;
25% for assignments;
50% final paper.
The final paper is written in two stages: a first version which will be commented on and a final version. Students who do not meet the deadline for the first version will lose the right to get comments and will only be graded based on their final version. (The paper deadline mentioned in uSis is a fictional date for administration purposes only. The actual date will be communicated by the convenor of the course.)
In order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall mark of 5.50 (=6) or higher.
The course is an integrated whole. The final examination and the assignments must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years
Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit. Occidentalism: A Short History of Anti-Westernism. London: Atlantic/New York: Penguin, 2004.
other selected readings will be provided via Blackboard.
Students of the MA program Middle Eastern Studies are required to register through uSis before January 15. To avoid mistakes and problems, students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetable in the column under the heading “Act.nbr.”.
Other students are requested to send an email to the study co-ordinator including their name, student ID number, course title and prospectus or catalog number. Depending on the availability of places, the study co-ordinator will register these students after January 15. By February 1 at the latest the student will be able to see in uSis whether (s)he is registered or not.
Not registration, means no permission to attend this course. See also the ‘Registration procedures for classes and examinations’ for registration deadlines and more information on how to register.
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Students with disabilities
The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accommodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.
Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations).