The Emergence of the Modern Middle East

Learn about the history of the Middle East for a deeper understanding of current regional developments!

About The Course

This course will discuss 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. It will discuss the Ottoman legacy in the region and the Western imperial impact on the creation of the Arab state system. The course 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can I earn for completing this class?

    You can earn a Verified Certificate by verifying your work with a risk-free, no obligation Signature Track trial. Payment for Signature Track can be made anytime until the week before the course ends — so you’ll be more certain that you’ll earn your Verified Certificate. If you choose not to verify your work, you can still participate in the complete course. While your final score will be noted on your course records page, this course will not offer a Statement of Accomplishment.

  • What resources will I need for this class?

    For this course, all you need is an Internet connection and curiosity!

  • What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this class?

    In addition to delving into the realms of Middle Eastern history, this course will help you understand the complexities of this tumultuous region and contribute to your understanding of world affairs.

  • I am currently a student at Tel Aviv University, will this course count towards the study of a degree at Tel Aviv University?
Yes, this course may qualify for 2 general credit point in your academic studies at Tel Aviv University under the following conditions:

  1. You must be a registered student at Tel Aviv University in the 2014-2015 academic year.
  2. You must register in advance through the internal Tel Aviv University registration system (i.e. the bidding system) and be accepted to the course (please note this pilot is limited to 150 student).
  3. You must take a final exam at the Tel Aviv University campus (the date and time of which will be available on the online registration system).       
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Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!