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!

About The Course

This course will discuss the emergence of the modern Middle East from the 19th century to the end of the First World War. It will discuss the Ottoman legacy in the region, the rise of nationalism in the Middle East and the Western imperial impact on the creation of the Arab state system. The course will also discuss issues such as Islamic reform, religion and state and state cohesion, all of which are key to understanding the Middle East of today.

We do strongly recommend that you register for Part Two of this course -The Emergence of the Modern Middle East - Part II.

Taking both Parts would enable you to obtain a fuller and more comprehensive picture of the Modern Middle East.

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.
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Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!