The Middle East Research Paper

The Research PaperChoose a topic that presents an issue or a problem–cultural, political, or historical–, and then from that issue or problem formulate a thesis statement, i.e., a proposition that you must defend against potential objections. Your thesis statement will constitute the skeleton around which you will build your paper. Your research might have its starting-point in some of the reading required for this course, to be augmented by at least five book sources from the DuPont-Ball Library or some seven to ten articles from “academic journals,” or any combination thereof. And, you might also supplement these sources with articles from the popular news weeklies and newspapers if pertinent. Sources from valid Internet sites are also appropriate, but no informational websites.The objective of your paper will be to prove the validity of your thesis statement by presenting your evidence in support of the thesis. The paper must be well organized, with a clearly defined introduction, body, and conclusion, and it must be complete with title page, footnotes or endnotes, and bibliography. Footnotes, or endnotes, must be used to identify all sources used for information that is not commonly found or for opinions or ideas that are not your own, in addition to identifying quotations. Use direct quotations very sparingly in your paper—-no more than 2 or 3. The text of the paper should be about 12 pages in length, if not longer; and the paper must be well written, well argued, and typed (double-spaced, with one-inch margins, and 12-point font).Before you begin to write your paper, please submit a copy of your thesis statement to me.For your research paper, you must footnote all specialized facts, quotations, and the ideas of others.
Topics of the course to formulate a thesis statement-The Ottoman Empire and World War I: Young Turks and the Arab Revolt-Peace-Making and the League of Nations Mandates-The Shaping of Modern Iraq-Iraq: The Ba`ath Party, Saddam Hussein, and War with Iran-Iraq Uprooted: The American Intervention and Its Aftermath-The Shaping of Modern Syria: From the End of the French Mandate through the Rule of Hafez al-Assad (d. 2000)-Revolutionary Egypt (with Prologue): Nasser’s Politics, Pan-Arab and a Home-Rectification and Stasis: Egypt under Sadat and Mubarak-Saudi Arabia: Politics of the Oil Kingdom-Shi`ism and Islamic Revolution in Iran