Conflicts in the Middle East dominate world politics today, so a course on the origins and nature of struggles such
as those in the Gulf and Israel is very relevant to a modern education. This course aims to teach students about
historical and political developments in the Middle East from the beginning of the 20th Century to the present. In so doing, it will enhance students’ writing, analytical and research skills.
Through a study of the history of each nation state in the Middle East, from North Africa to the Holy Lands, to Iran
and the Persian Gulf region, the student will form an understanding of the nature and development of the Middle
East. Other topics important to understanding the complexity and difficulties of the present Middle East are the
impact of the end of World War I on the Middle East, the emergence of Zionism, Arab Nationalism and the politics of oil. The course will connect the above historical study with the following contemporary issues:
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