About this Course
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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Approx. 11 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew
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100% online course

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Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: 3-4 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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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 exercises
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

5

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

WEEK 5

The Middle East from 1967 to the present including the Arab Spring...
Reading
14 videos (Total 109 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video14 videos
9.1.2 The Post-1967 Middle East: The Victory of State Interest - Part 27m
9.2 The Islamic Revival8m
9.2.1.1 The Islamic Revival in Egypt, Syria and Iraq - Part 14m
9.2.1.2 The Islamic Revival in Egypt, Syria and Iraq - Part 26m
9.2.2 The Examples of Jordan, Algeria and the Palestinians8m
9.3.1.1 The "Arab Spring": Modernity and Tradition - Part 15m
9.3.1.2 The "Arab Spring": Modernity and Tradition - Part 211m
9.3.2.1 The "Arab Spring": Egypt and Tunisia - Part 15m
9.3.2.2 The "Arab Spring": Syria, Jordan, Yemen and Libya - Part 211m
9.4.1 The Non-Arab Countries - The Republic of Turkey : From WWII to the Present11m
9.4.2.1 The Non-Arab Countries - Iran: From the Pahlavi Dynasty to the Islamic Republic - Part 16m
9.4.2.2 The Non-Arab Countries - Iran: From the Pahlavi Dynasty to the Islamic Republic - Part 26m
9.5 Concluding Overview3m
Reading2 readings
Suggested Readings10m
Lecture Transcript10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Final Test26m
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Top Reviews

By DEMay 4th 2017

One of the very best courses available, the historical examination of continue changing in the Middle East, allows students think the pieces that derive in actual regional struggle.

By MPFeb 5th 2018

Both part 1 and 2 are great courses and can be recommended, to anyone who wishes for a deeper understanding of the underlying events that have led to the Middle East we see today.

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Professor Asher Susser

Senior Research Fellow

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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