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HIS586: Contemporary Middle East

The course begins with the breakup of the Ottoman Empire and examines the rise of Arab nationalism and the struggle against foreign domination.

The course begins with the breakup of the Ottoman Empire and examines the rise of Arab nationalism and the struggle against foreign domination. The strategic and economic importance of the region is studied along with the founding of Israel; the continuing conflict among Jews, Arabs, and Christians; and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the Arab-Israeli conflict. Open to seniors.