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Online Course

The Emergence of the Modern Middle East - Part II

Tel Aviv University via Coursera

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Found in History
  • Provider Coursera
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session In progress
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 2-3 hours a week
  • Duration 5 weeks long
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Overview

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 (https://www.coursera.org/learn/modern-middle-east-1/home/welcome)

Learn about the history of the Middle East for a deeper understanding of current regional developments!

Syllabus

WEEK 1
-Independence and revolutionary politics in the Arab world

WEEK 2
-The beginnings of the Arab-Israeli conflict

WEEK 3
-The escalation and de-escalation of the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1948 to 1973

WEEK 4
-The escalation and de-escalation of the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1973 to the present

WEEK 5
-The Middle East from 1967 to the present including the Arab Spring

Taught by

Asher Susser and Duygu Atlas

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Doris S
by Doris completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
(This review applies equally to the two halves of the course. As an aside, I don't understand why the course was split in two. It's unnatural and unnecessary.)

A fascinating overview of the history of the Middle East over the past two+ centuries (since Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798). He covers the rise of nationalism, the role of political Islam, the high-handed and arbitrary geographical division of the Middle East following WWI, the establishment of Israel, and (briefly) the Arab Spring.

In particular, in his discussion of the Israeli - Palestinian conflict, he seems to be fair-minded and objective, favoring neither side. (Although I don't know if any Palestinians or Israelis would agree with that perception!)
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I really enjoyed the course since all the topics were very well explained despite being quite complex topics. However, I noticed a certain bias in favor of Israel, something that, in my opinion, reduces slightly the credibility of the course
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The course offers a comprehensive explanation about the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Arab spring. Lots of information, critique of some current interpretations on the issues. Excellent course.
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