I hear you had a wonderful class, and that Rochelle was great. And she was impressed with everyone in class because you seemed quite informed and studious. This made me feel proud and happy.
For April 12, please do Week 10 Readings below. Please make sure you do a very close reading of 10-1. Also, click on the image to the left, or here, to read the 2nd anniversary pieces of the Syrian uprising on Jadaliyya. I will be adding some readings to the last reading class on April 19. Note that we will have two classes after that in which we do presentations and/or catch up if we fall behind--though we shouldn't.
Week 10: Syria’s Upper Class(es) and the Social Market Economy
1. Bassam Haddad, “Syria’s State Bourgeoisie: An Organic Backbone for the Regime,” Middle East Critique, Vol. 21, Issue 3 (Fall 2012). [PDF]
2. Bassam Haddad, “The Political Economy of Syria: Realities and Challenges,” Middle East Policy, (Spring 2011) [PDF]
As discussed earlier, please submit your proposal via the submissions page on this site by March 29, according to the guidelines here: You should select your topic and submit a one page document that includes (a) the topic you wish to write your paper on, (b) 4-6 preliminary sources (including a minimum of 2 books and 2 academic journal articles), and (c) a brief statement describing why you’re interested in writing about this particular topic and what concept/theory/explanatory concern in particular you wish to address. A formal paper proposal will be due when your topic is approved. If you would like to write more, go ahead.