ARST-528 History and Politics of Iraq
Fall for 2017-2018
This course is designed to provide students with the basic structure of Iraq’s political and socio-economic history from World War I to the present day through readings drawn from some of the most important books and articles in English. The class will examine the main political parties of that period (the Iraqi Communist Party and the Ba‘th Party); the various sectarian and tribal communities of Iraq and their interaction with the elites. Finally, the course will consider the 2003 invasion of Iraq and its implications. The syllabus will have some of the writings of famous poets, and recipes of Iraqi food to give a flavor of the country from all aspects.