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About the Course

This course will review the emergence of the modern Middle East from the fall of the Ottoman Empire, at the end of the First World War to the present. We will discuss the Ottoman legacy in the region and the Western imperial impact on the creation of the Arab state system. The course will review 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. We 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 there is a second part to this course which is a direct extension of this part. We highly recommend to continue to the second part after you finish this one (

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Sep 11, 2016

I really like the professor and his narration, quite engaging and interesting course. The only suggestion I have is to improve the quizzes with more analytical rather than fact-based questions.


Apr 30, 2016

An excellent introduction to the formation of what we know as the Middle East. This course offers great insight and context into this area, its peoples, cultures, economy, and politics.

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By Jan S

Dec 23, 2017

Very good introduction to the musslim world

By Boda S D

May 07, 2020

for an middle east politics idea, the best

By Emil

May 26, 2020

This was a nice course. Quite objective.

By Amr A W

Jan 15, 2016

This is a good course. Thanks a lot. :)

By dan d

May 30, 2019

Excellent all around.

By Jayrome N

Jun 01, 2016

I have learned a lot.

By Mick H

Aug 18, 2016

Excellent insight

By Neža V

Jan 17, 2016


By Ashrujit B

Mar 20, 2018

A good course for understanding the origins of the Middle East in the early 20th Century, with a great deal of background about the Ottoman Empire and Islamic thought and practice. However, it is mostly talking head, and use of a more interesting approach would have helped. The Professor is very knowledgeable and passionate.


Oct 28, 2016

Very nice, interesting but videos are too long comparing others courses.

By Nicole E

Sep 16, 2019

This was a challenging but informative course.

By Faisal B K V

Jul 30, 2020

Thank you.

By Chris G

Oct 29, 2015


By Garyfallia K

Mar 02, 2020

The course was very illuminating and inspiring.

The forum though, regarding the answers from the professors, it seems as if they stopped answering our questions!!!

Thank you so much.

By sharath k

Mar 20, 2018

very bad.