History of the Modern Middle East – Part II

History of the Modern Middle East – Part II
5 sessions, 10 hours

Our journey through the history and culture of the modern Middle East resumes at the end of the First World War. The collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the partitioning of the
region into European spheres of influence will provide historic context for many current conflicts. From vague post-war treaties to the creation of new states to British-mandated Palestine, the seeds of discontent, experienced today, were sown. Participants will trace the emergence of the United States as a political force in the Middle East, the rise of Arab nationalism, the sequence of Arab-Israeli conflicts/treaties/and accords, the oil crisis of the 70’s, and the return to political Islam in its many manifestations. The development and modernization of the Persian Gulf states, sub-regional schisms within the Gulf Cooperation Council, the competition for hegemony between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the return of Russian influence, and the legacy of U.S. intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan are among the topics to be explored in an effort to better understand this fascinating, if volatile, region.

Note for ILR349: Though Part 1 and Part II are complementary each course stands on its own; taking the courses separately will not compromising the experience. Optional text: Students are encouraged to purchase a companion text titled A Concise History of the Middle East, 12 edition, Routledge, http://www.routledge.com. The book will provide participants with a foundation upon which to understand today’s rapidly unfolding events in the region with greater understanding and clarity.

Instructor: Linda Pappas Funsch, a 16-year veteran instructor in the ILR 55+ community, is a career specialist in modern Middle Eastern history and Islamic studies. With an MA in Near Eastern Studies from New York University, she has studied, worked, and traveled extensively throughout the region. A freelance writer, consultant, and author, Ms. Funsch’s latest book, “Oman Reborn: Balancing Tradition and Modernization,” was published 2015 and has been translated into Arabic. She has taught at both Hood College and Mount Saint Mary’s University. She is a frequent speaker at scholarly symposia across the U. S., including Georgetown University, the World Bank, the National Council on US-Arab Relations, the National Defense University, and the Council on Foreign Relations, Santa Fe, NM, as well as the World Affairs Councils of Washington, DC, Albuquerque, NM, and Brookings, SD. Ms. Funsch has escorted several small-group study visits to the Middle East, including Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Oman.

ILR349 History of the Modern Middle East – Part II
5-Digit Number: 17270
Wed, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., 4/10 – 5/8
Location: Sweadner Hall
Tuition: $40.00, Fee: $109.00, Total: $149.00
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only

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