In this course we will focus on major themes, events, and debates that have shaped the Middle East since 1914. In particular we throw light on various expressions that power, resistance, and authority take in concepts such as colonialism, sectarianism, anticolonialism, secular nationalism and Islamism. But we also learn directly what Islam represents as a faith and what it means to be a Muslim in the modern world both in the region as well as in Europe. We take an excursion to a refugee camp and invited guests will speak about their experiences as Syrians under siege during the war. We will also have a workshop with a pious Muslim Belgian professional who shares her daily experiences living in Brussels.