History of Terrorism (Spring 2018)

***Subject to Revision

H ONORS 202: T ERRORISM IN THE M IDDLE E AST S PRING 2018

P ROFESSOR A LBERT L. M ICHAELS

R OOM : B ULGER 2W

P ROFESSOR Y ORK N ORMAN

D AY & T IME : R 6:00-8:40 P . M . O FFICE H OURS : R 4:30-5:30 P . M .

O FFICE : C LAS C207 P HONE : 878-3678

BY A PPOINTMENT ; O THER A RRANGEMENTS A LSO A VAILABLE

E-M AILS : A MICH 10425@ AOL . COM ; NORMANYA @B UFFALOSTATE . EDU

D ESCRIPTION

This course covers the history of terrorism in the Middle East from the end of the Second World War to the present struggle against ISIS. Terrorism is generally defined as the use of violence and threat against non-combatants to achieve political ends by individuals and political movements. In this class we will look at a variety of terrorist movements and government responses beginning with the FLN in French Algeria. The course will then move on to examine jihadi terrorist groups, from Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah to al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Lashkar-e Taiba and ISIS. We will conclude with the problem of jihadi terrorist recruitment and radicalization in Western Europe and America today. This is a multimedia course, meaning that every week we will have an online introductory lecture, a formal class meeting, and a followup discussion forum. The online components of the class are on our Blackboard website. The introductory lectures will also be available to the general public as podcasts.

O BJECTIVES

Students who successfully complete this course will: • develop a working knowledge of terrorism and its impact on world history. • interpret historical events critically by examining primary and secondary source documents. • improve their ability to write more clearly and effectively by composing a series of one- page summaries, and two 4-6-page or one 10-15 interpretive essays.

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