The Arab-Israeli Conflict and the American College Campus

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Course ID: 10920
Location: On Campus

This course is designed to acquaint students with the major issues affecting the Middle East in the 20th and 21st centuries and how they are reflected on the American college campus today. Students will review the origins and development of the modern Middle East and understand the social, economic, and political foundations that set the stage for current situations in the region. Students will become familiar with original source material and engage in non-partisan discussion through written and oral presentations. Course topics include: establishment of independent Arab states, political economies, Islam in contemporary politics, Palestinian nationalism, Jewish political culture, Zionism and Israel, evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict, inter-Arab politics, American interests toward the Middle East, chances of democratic reform, the explosion of the media upon Middle Eastern societies, the role of the foreigner in shaping change, and how historical narratives are created and writte