This course examines the history of the Middle East and North Africa from an environmental angle. We will think about how a focus on environmental factors enables alternative perspectives on colonialism, nationalism, capitalism, gender and sexuality, empire, race, and class. What are some of the benefits of these interpretations? Are there also drawbacks? We will also consider what it means to talk about the impacts of climate change in the region when thinking historically.
Pre-Req: ENGL.1020 College Writing II.