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Last update 17-01-2017
HU Credits: 5

Degree/Cycle: 1st degree (Bachelor)

Responsible Department: islamic & middle east stud.

Semester: 2nd Semester

Teaching Languages: Hebrew

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Prof Eyal Ginio

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours: Thursday, 11-12

Teaching Staff:
Prof Eyal Ginio
Mr. Eyal Levin

Course/Module description:
The course is designated to first-year students. It aims to introduce the history of the Muslim people from the rise of the Ottoman Empire until the end of WWI.

Course/Module aims:
The course aims to introduce the main themes related to the political, social and cultural history of the Ottoman Empire and the other important Islamic dynsties of its time.

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
The students will be acquainted with and able to analyse the main themes related to the history of the Muslim people during the period under discussion in this course.

Attendance requirements(%):
According to the university's regulations

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: Lecture

Course/Module Content:
A. The Classical Period: The Ottomans, Mughals and the Safavids

1. Introduction: The Middle East in the Early Modern Period

2. The Ottoman State: From a Border Emirate to to Empire.

3+4+5. The Establishment of the state and the Shaping of Its Institutions.

6. The Ottoman Army and the "Slaves of the Porte". Education and the Shaping of the Ottoman Bureaucracy and the Religious Apparatus

7. The Ottoman City and the Urban Society

8. The Non-Muslims: Greeks, Armenians and Jews.

9. The Ottomans and the Christian West

10. The Ottomans and the Russian Empire

11. The Rise of the Safavid Dynasty

12. The Safavid "Golden Age" under Shah Abbas

13. Mughal India

14. Mughal India

B. The "Ottoman Decline", The Reforms Movement and Modernization

15. The Decline Paradigm and its Critique – Part I

16. The Decline Paradigm and its Critique – Part II

17. The Rise of local Powers

18. The modernity challange and the "Eastern" Question

19. First Attempts in Reform

20. The Reforms Movement (the Tanzimat)

21. The Establishmnet of Mehmet Ali's Rule in Egypt

22. The Ottoman Reforms in Education

23. The Ottoman Reforms in Law.

24. The Construction of Turkish Nationalism

25. The Young Turk Rule.

25. World War I and the Demise of the Ottoman Empire

Required Reading:

Reading for sessions 1-2
טל שובל, "ימי בראשית: משבטים נודדים לאימפריה עולמית", בתוך: האימפריה העות'מאנית:היסטוריה וסוגיות נבחרות , טל שובל (עורך), (רעננה, 2016) , עמ' 65-13.

Reading for sessions 3-4-5
טל שובל, "ימי בראשית: משבטים נודדים לאימפריה עולמית", בתוך: האימפריה העות'מאנית:היסטוריה וסוגיות נבחרות , טל שובל (עורך), (רעננה, 2016) , עמ' 96-66.

Reading for sessions 6-7-8
Abraham Marcus, The Middle East on the Eve of Modernity (New York, 1989). 155-194. DS 99 A56 M37 (318055)

Reading for sessions 9-10
Suraiya Faroqhi, The Ottoman Empire and the World around It (London, 2004), 137-160. DR 471 F37 2004 (0548293)
A translation to Arabic of this chapter:
ﺜﺭﻴﺍ ﻓﺍﺭﻭﻗﻲ, ﺍﻠﺩﻭﻠﺔ ﺍﻠﻌﺜﻣﺍﻧﻴﺔ ﻭﺍﻠﻌﺍﻠﻢ ﺍﻠﻣﺤﻴﻂ ﺒﻬﺍ (ﺒﻨﻐﺍﺰﻱ, 2008), 273-237. DR 471 F372 2008

Reading for sessions 11-12
David Morgan, Medieval Persia 1040-1797 (London and New York, 1988), 112-142. DS 288 M67 (1018212)

Reading for session 13-14
John F. Richards, The Mughal Empire (Cambridge, 1993), 29-57. DS 436 C22 N47 (296867)

Stephen F. Dale, The Muslim Empires of the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals (Cambridge, 2010), 177-207. DS 292 D35 2010 (1510570-2010)

Reading for sessions 15-16
ברנרד לואיס, צמיחתה של תורכיה המודרנית (ירושלים, תשל"ז), עמ' 17-31, 86-88, 93-94.
RR DR 577 L41 (172696)

Douglas A. Howard, "Genre and Myth in the Ottoman Advice for Kings Literature", in Virginia H. Aksan and Daniel Goffman (eds.), The Early Modern Ottomans: Remapping the Empire (Cambridge, 2007), 137-166. RRDR 485 E17 2007 (001419542)

Reading for session 17:
Thomas Philipp, Acre: The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian City, 1730-1831 (New York, 2001), 29-48. DS 110 A3 T48 (0487011)

Reading for session 17
דונלד קואטארט, האימפריה העות'מאנית 1922-1700 (רעננה, תשע"ה), 84-71.

Reading for sessions 19-20
דונלד קואטארט, האימפריה העות'מאנית 1922-1700 (רעננה, תשע"ה), 69-51.

Reading for sessions 21
Khaled Fahmy, All the Pasha’s Men: Mehmed Ali, his Army and the Making of Modern Egypt (Cambridge, 1997), 76-111. UA 865 F26 (420534)

Reading for sessions 22-23
Cemil Aydın, The Politics of Anti-Westernism in Asia: Visions of World Order in Pan-Islam and Pan-Asian Thought (New York, 2007), 15-24. DS 35.7A952007

Benjamin C. Fortna, Imperial Classroom: Islam, the State, and Education in the Late Ottoman Empire (Oxford, 2002), 87-129. LA 941.7 F 67 2002

Reading for session 24
אריק יאן צורשר, תורכיה: היסטוריה מודרנית (תל-אביב, תשס"ה), 117-137. DR 576 Z821 2005 (0557584)

Reading for sessions 25-26
Nader Sohrabi, "Global Waves, Local Actors: What the Young Turks Knew about Other Revolutions and Why It Mattered", Comparative Studies in Society and History 44:1 (2002), 45-79. X2

Additional Reading Material:

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 80 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 20 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %

Additional information:
ההשתתפות בתרגול היא חובה.

במסגרת התרגול יתבקשו התלמידים לכתוב תרגיל אשר ישמש כציון התרגול (1 נ"ז).
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.