Major Requirement: History of Africa/Middle East
The history of modern North Africa, or the Maghrib, has been deeply marked by the experience of colonization. To understand the contemporary Maghrib, one has to study its colonial past and its lasting impact on post-independence states and societies. We will approach the colonial experience of the Maghrib as a colonial encounter between colonizers and colonized. We will critically examine these clear-cut categories and we will seek to identify the processes by which these categories were mutually shaped in intimate engagement and opposition. Through engagement with different themes relating to the colonial experience of the Maghrib and its aftermath, the course will take us from the beginning of the 19th Century to the late 20th Century.
Prerequisite: Sophomore Status