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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!...
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

WEEK 1

Independence and revolutionary politics in the Arab world...
Reading
14 videos (Total 98 min), 2 readings
Video14 videos
5.1.1 Egypt: Crisis and Revolution - Part 18m
5.1.2 Egypt: Crisis and Revolution - Part 26m
5.2.1 Iraq from the Overthrow of the Hashemites to Saddam Hussein - Part 18m
5.2.2 Iraq from the Overthrow of the Hashemites to Saddam Hussein - Part 27m
5.3.1 Syria's Prolonged Instability - Part 18m
5.3.2 Syria's Prolonged Instability - Part 28m
5.4.1 Lebanon's Civil Wars - Part 17m
5.4.2 Lebanon's Civil Wars - Part 29m
5.5. The Surprising Stability of the Arab Monarchies3m
5.5.1.1 The Surprising Stability of the Arab Monarchies: Jordan - Part 19m
5.5.1.2 The Surprising Stability of the Arab Monarchies: Jordan - Part 27m
5.5.2 The Surprising Stability of the Arab Monarchies: Saudi Arabia8m
5.6 The Arab Cold War2m
Reading2 readings
Suggested Readings10m
Lecture Transcript10m

2

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

WEEK 2

The beginnings of the Arab-Israeli conflict...
Reading
15 videos (Total 112 min), 2 readings
Video15 videos
6.2 Early Zionism9m
6.3.1 Initial Arab Resistance - Part 16m
6.3.2 Initial Arab Resistance - Part 27m
6.4.1 The Arab Rebellion and the Jewish Response - Part 110m
6.4.2 The Arab Rebellion and the Jewish Response - Part 26m
6.4.3 The Arab Rebellion and the Jewish Response - Part 36m
6.5 The Impact of World War II10m
6.6 The Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry5m
6.7.1 Partition and the First Phase of War - Part 14m
6.7.2 Partition and the First Phase of War - Part 28m
6.8 The Second Phase of the 1948 War7m
6.9.1 The Narratives of the 1948 War - Part 18m
6.9.2 The Narratives of the 1948 War - Part 24m
6.9.3 The Narratives of the 1948 War - Part 38m
Reading2 readings
Suggested Readings10m
Lecture Transcript10m

3

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

WEEK 3

The escalation and de-escalation of the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1948 to 1973...
Reading
11 videos (Total 84 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video11 videos
7.1.2 From 1949 to the Suez War - Part 25m
7.1.3 From 1949 to the Suez War - Part 37m
7.2.1 The Revival of the Palestinian Identity - Part 18m
7.2.2 The Revival of the Palestinian Identity - Part 27m
7.3.1 The Deterioration to War in 1967 - Part 18m
7.3.2 The Deterioration to War in 1967 - Part 24m
7.3.3 The Deterioration to War in 1967 - Part 39m
7.4 The Palestinian Struggle from Jordan6m
7.5 Black September8m
7.6 The War of Attrition, 1968-707m
Reading2 readings
Suggested Readings10m
Lecture Transcript10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz 20m

4

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

WEEK 4

The escalation and de-escalation of the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1973 to the present...
Reading
13 videos (Total 86 min), 2 readings
Video13 videos
8.1.2 The October Surprise - Part 24m
8.2.1 The Egyptian-Israeli Peace - Part 16m
8.2.2 The Egyptian-Israeli Peace - Part 26m
8.3 The PLO and the 1982 War in Lebanon3m
8.4.1 The First Palestinian Intifada - Part 15m
8.4.2 The First Palestinian Intifada - Part 26m
8.5.1 The Oslo Accords - Part 17m
8.5.2 The Oslo Accords - Part 28m
8.6 The Jordanian-Israeli Peace6m
8.7.1 Camp David, 2000 - Part 16m
8.7.2 Camp David, 2000 - Part 26m
8.8 Unilateral Disengagement and Further Negotiations10m
Reading2 readings
Suggested Readings10m
Lecture Transcript10m
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Top Reviews

By MKJul 31st 2018

Excellent Course. Professor Susser does a thorough, careful job of bring the Middle East up to date to 2013 or so. Would love to see an additional week added dealing with developments up to today.

By DAJan 31st 2016

An excellent course that examines the evolution of the Arab- Israeli conflict and which provides a historical context for the "Arab Spring" Insightful and thought-provoking...

Instructor

Professor Asher Susser

Senior Research Fellow
Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies

About Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University (TAU) is Israel's largest institution of higher learning – with over 30,000 students and more than 125 schools and departments in nine faculties. Global in outlook and impact, it is consistently ranked among the world's top 100 universities, as well as the top 20 institutions in terms of scientific citations. A spirit of openness and innovation is evident in all of TAU's teaching and research activities, breaking down barriers between disciplines, and boldly striving to address the twenty-first century's most pressing challenges....

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