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Numbering Code
  • G-AAA03 53118 LJ31
Term 2020/First semester
Number of Credits 2 credits
Course Type Lecture
Target Year 1st & 2nd year students
Target Student Graduate
Language Japanese
Day/Period Fri.4
  • SATO MARIEPart-time Lecturer SATO MARIE
Outline and Purpose of the Course In this course, we will learn the basic perspectives on Peace and War in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as actual cases in the 20th and 21st centuries.

As historical backgrounds to these regions, we will also learn early Islamic history and historical cases of Jihad.

We will also focus on the refugee problem in the region. It is because the contemporary refugee problem started in the Middle East in the 1940's and the region continues to create new flows of refugees and displaced persons today.
Course Goals The objectives are: To understand the issues related to peace and war in the Middle East from both historical and contemporary perspectives, and to examine actual cases in order to understand the political, economic and social conditions behind these conflicts as well as military confrontations, ceasefires and peace processes, and to contemplate on the possibilities for prospective peaceful co-existence.
Schedule and Contents Main Topics:
- Early Islamic States and Jihad
- Islamic International Law of Siyar
- International system and Regional Conflicts
- Built-in Conflicts in the "Peace" after the World Wars
- Middle East Wars from the first to the fourth
- Middle East Peace Processes
- Lebanese Civil War and Lebanon War
- Iran-Iraq War
- Gulf War and Iraq War
- Armed Struggles, Terrorism and Low Intensity Conflicts
- Genesis of the Refugee Problem and Its Transformation
- The UN and the Refugees
- The Refugee Problem Today and Practical Issues of Relief and Support
Grading Policy Evaluation will be based on Weekly Attendance and Active Participation and Assignments.
Prerequisites If you haven't studied Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations, you are advised to take "Contemporary Middle East and North Africa" in this semester, though it is not compulsory.
Preparation and Review Please read, study and contemplate on the resources in the fields as much as possible. Recommended resources will be suggested in the class.
  • The textbooks are in Japanese. If you have difficulties to deal with them, alternative readings will be provided.
  • Printed outlines and necessary resource will be distributed in the class.