Final Paper

For your final papers, you must choose one of the broad thematic subjects below and come up with your own original topic. A helpful way to consider potential topics is to start with a question or problem that interests you, and consider possible answers. From there you can start drafting your thesis and gathering evidence to support your argument.


  1. Women
  2. Monarchies vs. Republics
  3. Arab Nationalism
  4. Religious fundamentalism
  5. Democracy in the Arab world?
  6. Petro dollars and foreign aid
  7. Violence
  8. Sectarianism/Minorities
  9. Demographics

Email me by midnight on Sunday March 30, 2014  (i) your topic; (ii) your basic bibliography; and (iii) your basic thesis or argument.

Sources: you should be using 2-3 from the course itself and 2-3 from outside, that you have found yourselves.

Your papers will be 8-10 pages in length, in Times New Roman font, 12-point, double-spaced. You must cite all sources and include all pertinent information for the citation.

The final paper is due April 21, 2014 by midnight and remember this assignment is worth 40% of your final grade.


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