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The Emergence of the Modern Middle East - Part II

Tel Aviv University via Coursera


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 (

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


  • 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 Smith 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...
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    Anonymous completed this course.

    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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