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The Middle East

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This course provides an examination of the tumultuous history of the Middle East with a focus on the sociocultural, political, and evolutionary dynamics from the 19th century to modernity. Topics include the culture and spread of Islam, 19th-century challenges of modernization and threats to Islamic hegemony, sociopolitical and economic consequences of the world wars on the region, challenges of a Jewish nation-state, and the present-day Middle East.

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Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Challenges of a Jewish Nation-State

    • Analyze regional and global effects of the Arab-Israeli wars.
    • Analyze contributing factors that led to Arab-Israeli strife in the modern era.

    The Modern Middle East

    • Summarize political, social, and economic events that have influenced modern Iraq.
    • Analyze recent trends shaping the modern Middle East.

    The Rise and Fall of Islamic Empire

    • Describe the evolution of Islamic politics, culture, and economics from 7th-century Arabia to the early modern era.
    • Summarize the impact Islam had on the Middle East and surrounding regions.
    • Compare and contrast Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.
    • Analyze factors that lead to the growth and subsequent waning of Islamic power.

    The Challenges of Modernity

    • Analyze the challenges to constitutionalism in Iran from 1905–1914.
    • Summarize factors leading to the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire.
    • Analyze Western political influence on the Middle East after World War I.

    Transformation of the Middle East after 1945

    • Describe the role the Middle East played in World War II.
    • Describe significant changes in Turkey and Iran from World War II through the 1970s.
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