The aim of this course is to discuss the various ways in which the Middle East is constructed in and related to a number of debates in different disciplines. The course will cast a critical eye on the discourses about the Middle East with a particular focus on contemporary debates surrounding historical/contemporary developments in the region. The goal is to lay the conceptual and theoretical groundwork for a better understanding of the political and cultural dynamics of Middle Eastern societies. The course consists of seven lecture and five seminars. Students gets the chance to engage with one another in critical and meaningful debate rooted in the course readings.