Student Research Presentations

On December 5, 10, and 12, we were privileged to attend research presentations by ten of our History majors who were completing their capstone seminar, Religion and Politics in the Modern Middle East.  The course  surveyed the Islamist and reformist movements in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century Middle East, which developed as a response to the challenges posed by modernization, European hegemony and political fragmentation of the Islamicate world. Under the direction of Dr. Hasan Karatas, students spent the semester researching their topics, writing their research papers, and preparing for their presentations. The results were excellent! Their presentations were engaging, enlightening, and even entertaining. Congratulations to our capstone seminar presenters!

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December 5 Session:  Minorities, Reform and Political Participation in North Africa

dec 5

Joshua K. Zahrbock: “The Utter Filth in Which They Live”: Sanitation in the Moroccan Mellah

Charles L. LeJeune: Nationalism is Our Religion: Coptic Involvement in Wafd Party of Egypt

Thomas B. Tincher: “Shenouda is Our President !”: Reform and Revitalization of Coptic Church


December 10 Session:  Modernization, Nation-State and Conflict in the Levant

dec 10 

Mark R. Gauger: Watchful Eyes of Modernity: Authoritarian Modernization under Ataturk and Reza Shah)

Andrew J. Henke: The Lion of the Levant: Demographics and Minority Rule in Baath Syria

Elena M. Espana-Reagan: Saladin’s Lost People: Kurdish Nationalism During Iran-Iraq War

Christopher J. Weitgenant: Dancing in Palestine: Six Days War and International Community


December 12 Session:  Heritage, Representation and Education in Mesopotamia

dec 12

Elizabeth A. Phyle:  The Reek of Antiquity: Museums in Iraq and the Making of Mesopotamian Identity

Rachel A. Kocourek:  Islamic Infusion: Education Reforms during the Iranian Revolution

Lauren M. Hoglund:  Through Children’s Eyes: Social Commentary and Critique in Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema