The Dynamics of Political Pacts in Classical and Modern History in the MENA Region
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-FIPPSB219
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Filosofie;
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prof. dr. M.L.M. van Berkel
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prof. dr. M.L.M. van Berkel
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Contactperson for the course
dr. R. Meijer
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dr. R. Meijer
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dr. R. Meijer
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Academic year2020
SEM1  (31/08/2020 to 24/01/2021)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After this course you are able to:
  • understand long term trends and the differences between medieval Middle East and the modern Middle East and the major changes the region has gone through;
  • make comparisons between regions, institutions and ethnic and religious relations in the region; 
  • understand the tremendous challenges the region is facing;
  • develop a balanced view of the region.
The course consists of a historical analysis of the relations between rulers and subjects. It covers the transformation of the loose, decentralized, multireligious and multiethnic empires to politically centralized and culturally, religiously and linguistically homogeneous nation-states of the twentieth century. 

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information

This course is part of a three course module in the Philosophy, Politics and Society bachelor programme. Students can only be admitted if they also take the two associated courses during the same semester (retakes excluded). Students who are NOT enrolled in a bachelor, master, or exchange programme of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious studies or in a bachelor programme of the Faculty of Arts cannot register directly for PPS modules. Instead, they can apply for admission by sending an e-mail to Such applications must contain a separate document in which you (1) inform us about your current studies, (2) explain which module you want to take and why it is relevant to your studies, and (3) describe what you bring to the classroom. The document must be written in English.
Required materials
Every professor will choose his or her own literature and make it available on Brightspace, where it will be accessible for students following the course.

Instructional modes

Written Exam
Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM2