Current Affairs of the Middle East

OSH 263 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

FALL 1- PT. 1:

Course Description: In this course, you will explore the history of the Middle East beginning with the Ottoman Empire; the creation of the modern Middle East and North Africa; and, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, up through 1995.  This course will provide you with a greater understanding and appreciation for the history that led to the current political climate in the region. 


Week 1

The Fall of the Ottoman Empire

Week 2

Sykes Picot and the Creation of the Middle East and North Africa

Week 3

The Era of Mandates and the Decolonization of the MENA Region

Week 4

Iran and Modernity: from the Shah to the Islamic Republic

Week 5

European Colonization and Decolonization of North Africa

Week 6

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict from 1948 to the Oslo Accords 1995


FALL 2 - PT. 2: 

Course Description:  In this course you will explore the history of North Africa, The Cold War, Nasserism, Ba’athism and the Kurdish Question.  We will examine the Lebanese Civil War 1975-1991 and the Syrian Question.  We will also examine the First Gulf War 1991, September 11th and the War on Terror.  Finally, we will examine The Arabic Spring, and ISIL. We will conclude with The Arab Cold War.


Instructor: Dr. Daniel Rivera 

This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
These courses and programs are available at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Membership is required. Our classes take place in Lau Founders Hall, 1550 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33146 unless otherwise noted below.

OLLI 2019-2020 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
OLLI 2019-2020 Membership Added to cart upon enrollment.
Starts: 8/1/2019 Ends: 7/31/2020