Kaisa_2012_3_photo by Veikko Somerpuro

Ilmoittaudu
27.2.2018 klo 09:00 - 22.3.2018 klo 23:59

Aikataulu

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PäivämääräAikaOpetuspaikka
Ke 28.3.2018
12:15 - 13:45
Ma 7.5.2018
09:15 - 11:45
Ti 8.5.2018
09:15 - 11:45
Ke 9.5.2018
09:15 - 11:45
Pe 11.5.2018
09:15 - 11:45
Ma 14.5.2018
09:15 - 11:45

Kuvaus

The course is aimed at 1st year MA students, but can also be of interest to others studying topics related to the theme. Basic knowledge of the modern history of the Middle East is required.

Edeltäviksi opinnoiksi suositellaan maisteriohjelman johdantoseminaaria ja alue- ja kulttuurintutkimuksen menetelmiä.

Opintojakson suoritettuaan opiskelija tuntee valitsemansa maantieteellisen alueen etnisyyden, nationalismi(e)n ja muiden identiteettipolitiikan tärkeimpien tekijöiden yhteiskunnallisen ja kulttuurisen merkityksen ja niihin liittyvien konfliktien erityispiirteet. Hän kykenee analysoimaan esimerkkitapauksia alan modernin tutkimuksen perusteella.

Return of tribalism

- Tribal elements in culture, conflict and social structure of the modern MENA region.
While the importance of religious and ethnic elements in the politics and society of the MENA region has been studied quite extensively, the role of tribes and tribalism has been a neglected topic. In fact, the whole concept of "tribalism" was long considered outdated, and the underlying tribal fabric of the Middle Eastern countries described as a "marginal" element in the modern society. But in many of the conflicts and events in recent years, the tribes have played an important role. From Yemen to Libya, the tribal affiliations and tribal conflicts can be observed in action.
The lecture series will focus on three main topics: the concepts of tribe and tribalism, the status of the tribes, especially nomads, in different countries, and the role of tribes in local and regional politics and conflicts from past to present.
Course outline
• Definitions and concepts
• Tribalism in literature and discourse.
• Tribes in historical sources
• Anthropology of tribes
• Bedouin culture and society
• Sociology of tribalism
• Tribal politics, Tribes in politics.
• From local to global – the future of tribalism?
• Case studies (Tribes in different countries)

The course consists of lectures, articles, and a case study (appr. 5-7 pages).

Case study

The students are expected to choose one region or country and study the status and history of tribes in this region. This choice should be made approximately two months before the lecture series. On March 28 there will be a meeting, where the teacher will provide more information and guide in choosing the topic and source material. Examples of regions include Lebanon, Libya, Israel/Palestine, Sinai, Syria, Gulf states or Yemen among others. Students can also choose any other region (Somalia, Central Asia etc.) if it is part of their own focus of study.

All cases will be presented during the classes and discussed in the group. For the final essay, the students should write one additional page where they comment on one other presentation and compare the tribal issues in the two regions (student's own case, and the other presentation of choice).

Reading list and suggested source material for case studies will be posted in Moodle.

Opintojakson opettamisessa käytetään vaihdellen perinteistä luento-opetusta, seminaarimuotoista työskentelyä ja ryhmätyöskentelyä tai niiden yhdistelmiä.

Arvosteluasteikko: 0-5.

The course amounts to 5 ECTS in

  • ALKU-AF311 (Afrikan/Lähi-idän poliittisia kysymyksiä), or
  • ALKU-AF315 (Etnisyys ja identiteettipolitiikka Afrikassa/Lähi-idässä), or
  • ALKU-AF316 (Valitun Afrikan tai Lähi-idän alueen historia), or
  • ALKU-AF317 (Transnationaaliset ilmiöt Afrikassa/Lähi-idässä)
Intensive course in Jordan

Following the lecture series, 17th – 31st of May, Finnish Institute in the Middle East organizes a two-week intensive course in Jordan focusing on Bedouin identity and culture. This course provides a more tightly focused complement to tribal identity and tribalism, but both courses can be taken independently of the other. The intensive course provides 5 ECTS in ALKU-AF315 (Etnisyys ja identiteettipolitiikka Afrikassa/Lähi-idässä), or ALKU-AF316 (Valitun Afrikan tai Lähi-idän alueen historia). More information about the intensive course can be found at www.fime.fi.

Opintojakso toteutetaan lähiopetuksena tai muulla vastuuopettajan kanssa sovittavalla tavalla.

Päivi Miettunen, PhD, Researcher at the Finnish Institute in the Middle East, Beirut. (paivi.miettunen@fime.fi)