Dr. Gamal Gasim
15 June – 13 July 2014
Gamal Gasim, assistant professor of Middle East Studies and Political Science at Grand Valley State University, earned his PhD in political science from Texas Tech. He teaches Introduction to Middle East Studies, Middle East politics, and comparative politics. He is also designing a new course on Arab and Muslim Americans. Before Grand Valley, he taught at Texas Tech, University of Wisconsin-Madison during the summers of 2006 and 2007, and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Beloit College during the summers of 2008 and 2009 respectively. His research interests include comparative politics, Middle East politics, Islamic civilization, Islamic political parties and Muslim Americans. A copy of Dr. Gasim's C.V. is available here.
This course is a survey of Yemeni politics since the turn of the 20th century. As such, this course is designed to cover a wide array of issues that include such areas as the history of the Imamate in North Yemen, the colonial legacies of the British rule in the south, the process of modernization and its challenges, the unification of 1990 with its short-lived democratic transition, and the relationship between the state and society. This course will also address the current Yemeni uprising and the prospects of reinforcing state institutions and the rule of law in the light of increased national and regional security challenges. This course will also include some cultural excursions to historical sites within Sana'a city. Details of such visits will be given during the semester as well as the biographies of invited guest speakers.
No prior knowledge of Yemeni politics is required for this short, intense course, but its participants will have some quick catching up to do. Students are expected to attend all in-class seminars and to be prepared to discuss the assigned topics and readings, and will be assessed on preparation, participation, essays, and a final exam.
I. The Rise of Modern State in Yemen
Date: June 15, 2014
Readings: Dresch, Paul. A History of Modern Yemen. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2000. Chapters 1-3
II. The Rise of Modern State in Yemen II
Map Quiz June 17, 2014
Date: June 17, 2014
Readings: Dresch, Paul. A History of Modern Yemen. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2000. Chapters 4-5
III. State and Society in Yemen I
Date: June 19, 2014
Readings: Lisa Wedeen. Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2008. Chapters: 1-2
IV. State and Society in Yemen II
Date: June 22, 2014
Readings: Lisa Wedeen. Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2008. Chapters: 3-5
V. The Unification and Yemen’s Democratic Transition
Date: June 24, 2014
Readings: Sheila Carapico. Civil Society in Yemen: The Political Economy of Activism in Modern Arabia. Cambridge Middle East Studies.1998. Chapters 6-8.
Mid-Term Exam I: June 26, 2014
VI. Political Parties
Date June 29, 2014Readings: Carapico, Sheila. “How Yemen’s Ruling Party Secured an Electoral Landslide,” MERIP. May 16, 2003. http://www.merip.org/mero/mero051603. Browers, Michaelle. “ORIGINS AND ARCHITECTS OF YEMEN’S JOINT MEETING PARTIES,” Int. J. Middle East Stud. 39 (2007), 565–586.
VII. National Economy and Economic Challenges
Date: July 1, 2014
Readings: Schmitz, Charles. “Crisis in the Yemeni Economy: a Troubled Transition to Post-Hydrocarbon Growth,” Middle East Institute, Scholarly Policy Paper, Dec 2011. http://www.mei.edu/content/crisis-yemeni-economy-troubled-transition-post-hydrocarbon-growth
Date: July 3, 2014
Readings: Yadav, Stacey Philbrick. “Segmented Publics and Islamist Women in Yemen: Rethinking Space and Activism,” Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Vol. 6, No. 2 (Spring 2010). Badran, Margot. “Unifying Women: Feminist Pasts and Presents in Yemen,” Gender and History, Vol. 10 No. 3, November 1998, pp., 498-518.
IX. Civil Wars and Conflicts
Date: July 6, 2014
Readings: Gregory Johnsen. The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia. (NY: W.W. Norton & Company, INC, 2012.). Part I
X. The Yemeni Uprising
Date: July 8, 2014
Readings: Gasim, Gamal. 2014. Explaining Political Activism Before and During Yemeni Spring. In co- edited by Lina Khatib (Stanford University) and Ellen Lust (Yale University) (Ed.), Taking to the Streets: Activism, Arab Uprisings, and Democratization. Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 109-35.
XI. Regional and International Security Challenges
Date: July 10, 2014
Readings: Gregory Johnsen. The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia. (NY: W.W. Norton & Company, INC, 2012.). Parts II & III