For the next few weeks we will be studying Syria since about 1963 to the present. Because the trajectory of the civil conflict in Syria has led to the establishment of the Islamic State, we will return to questions of Islamist politics and revolution after we run the Syria simulation game in class.
For Friday, read the last chapter of Diaries of an Unfinished Revolution and pay particular attention to the grand historical events that the author, Khawla Dunia, weaves into the experiences of her and her compatriots’ daily lives in Syria. (And do anticipate some kind of reading quiz to start things off Friday.) Next week we will read the chapter on gender and military intervention in Controversies In Globalization (and there will probably be reading quizzes for those, too.)