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POL410 Middle Eastern Politics

Lead Faculty: Dr. Shak Hanish

Course Description

Historical examination of the Middle East region, focusing on the key social forces and the sources of conflict; exploration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in-depth and the peace process; exploration of the U.S. involvement in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the drastic changes in the Middle East in the last decades.
  • Describe the historical and geographical features of the Middle East.
  • Examine ethnic diversity and social division in the region.
  • Analyze the emergence of religion of Islam and Islamic fundamentalism.
  • Recognize the role of imperialism in the Middle East and the emergence of the new nation-states.
  • Identify the roots of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the prospect for peace in the Middle East.
  • Explain the Gulf Crises and the American involvement in the Iraqi issue.