This course will discuss the developments in the Middle East from the early 20th century to the present. It will discuss the rise and retreat of Arab nationalism, the problems of internal cohesion of the Arab states, issues of religion and state, and the evolution of Islamist politics. It will also focus on the evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict and its impact on the region and will conclude with an in depth analysis of the “Arab Spring” by placing these contemporary revolutionary events in their historical context.
Please note that this course builds upon a previous course – The Emergence of the Modern Middle East – Part I
Independence and revolutionary politics in the Arab world
The beginnings of the Arab-Israeli conflict
The escalation and de-escalation of the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1948 to 1973
The escalation and de-escalation of the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1973 to the present
The Middle East from 1967 to the present including the Arab Spring
We do strongly recommend that you register for Part One of this course – The Emergence of the Modern Middle East – Part I.
Taking both Parts would enable you to obtain a fuller and more comprehensive picture of the Modern Middle East.
What can I earn for completing this class?
You can earn a Verified Certificate by verifying your work with a risk-free, no obligation Signature Track trial. Payment for Signature Track can be made anytime until the week before the course ends — so you’ll be more certain that you’ll earn your Verified Certificate. If you choose not to verify your work, you can still participate in the complete course. While your final score will be noted on your course records page, this course will not offer a Statement of Accomplishment.
What resources will I need for this class?
For this course, all you need is an Internet connection and curiosity!
What is the coolest thing I’ll learn if I take this class?
In addition to delving into the realms of Middle Eastern history, this course will help you understand the complexities of this tumultuous region and contribute to your understanding of world affairs.