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The Emergence of the Modern Middle East - Part I

This course will review the emergence of the modern Middle East from the fall of the Ottoman Empire, at the end of the First World War to the present. We will discuss the Ottoman legacy in the region and the Western imperial impact on the creation of the Arab state system. The course will review the rise and retreat of Arab nationalism, the problems of internal cohesion of the Arab states, issues of religion and state, and the evolution of Islamist politics. We will also focus on the evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict and its impact on the region and will conclude with an in depth analysis of the “Arab Spring” by placing these contemporary revolutionary events in their historical context. Please note that there is a second part to this course which is a direct extension of this part. We highly recommend to continue to the second part after you finish this one ( This course will temporarily close for enrollment from March 1st, 2022 to August 31st, 2022. During this time, the course will be closed for new enrolments. All of the course materials will continue to be able available to previously enrolled learners; however, the course staff will not provide support in the Discussion Forums during this period. Best, The Tel Aviv University Team

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Rating 4.7 based on 207 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 2-3 hours/week
Starts Nov 21 (last week)
Cost $49
From Tel Aviv University via Coursera
Instructor Professor Asher Susser
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Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
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One problem I found is that in several videos, the translation into Spanish is delayed with respect to the teacher's narrative, which is a bit confusing A very good fundamental course for beginner to understand modern Middle East.

Very informative course about The Emergence of the Modern Middle East in the 20th Century!

Professor is excellent lecturer away from bias A clear, concise and comprehensive course on the history of the Modern Middle East.

Truly a "do not miss" course for any level if you want to gain insights into the history or get a simple and real understanding of the modern middle east.

Great intro to understanding the modern middle east, although some introduction to the history of Islam, it's achievements and culture and the ottoman empire would also have been useful to understand more of an overall picture It is only a survey but it is enlightening and helps to understand Course was thorough and informative.

Definitely everyone interested in the roots of the modern Middle East troubles should take this primer.

Terrific overview of the emergence of the modern Middle East.

first I should say I was impressed by the great information about historical events presented in this course but unfortunately the lecturer put so much emphasis on the ottoman empire, Egypt and Arab states and almost neglected the important role of Iran in the emergence of the modern Middle East.

Brilliant depiction of Modern Middle East.

I only wish that it was slightly longer and had time to go into some areas in more depth, but looking forward to part 2. very good A very good course to understand the beginning of the modern Middle East.

Well-told story of the modern Middle East.

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very informative course

A very informative course on the state building in the middle east.

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amazing content ...awesome professor Very informative course, but it would be better with more multimedia materials to make the history more interesting.

Very informative course, instructor was great and very thorough.

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easy to understand

The videos were very easy to understand and the additional readings adequately complement the information they gave us during the course.

this course covered a lot of Middle east history in such a compact and concise and clear way(compare to reading books on amazon by yourself.....) .Highly recommended.....I never know about the French influence in Syria, and British advocacy for Arab nationalism before...also the Turkish reform....this course is easy to understand with lots of resources and you learn a lot~ Excellent professor, clear and very informative.

They say experts can explain a complicated subject and make it feel simple and easy to understand and that is what Prof. Susser did with this course.

The content is easy to understand, the lectures are concise, and the professor does not waste a second of your time in his lectures.

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I recommend this course, very informative.

I recommend this course to anyone interested in learning about the Middle East.

Thank you for the well-tought lectures and well-structured material.I higly recommend this course.

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A good course for understanding the origins of the Middle East in the early 20th Century, with a great deal of background about the Ottoman Empire and Islamic thought and practice.

I hope that there will soon be courses in order to teach the Hebrew language The professor is very knowledg A complete breakdown of the Middle Eastern States emergence from the Ottoman Empire's rule to the Mandates imposted by the European Powers post WW1.

It covered the 19th Century history of the Ottoman Empire up to the early 21st Century events of the Arab Spring.

Before taking this course I had rather preliminary understanding of what the Middle East is, how come the Ottoman Empire managed to last for four centuries, why were there some many continuous conflicts in the post Ottoman countries in the XXth century, etc.

Impossible not to be impressed by Professor Susser's knowledgeable and even-handed treatment of the final century of the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East resulting from the end of World War I.

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Professor Susser is an excellent tutor - His presentation of the course was outstanding, making the course extremely exciting and a joy to undertake.

Honored to attend Professor Susser's lectures.

Professor Susser and staff I thank you for putting together this fantastic course!

Professor Susser is very knowledgeable and thoroughly explains the reasons behind the strategics movements and their impact on society and development.

This allowed me to complete the course in small doses through my busy Professor Susser organized a very well done course on a topic with very complex regional dynamics.

So many pieces of the puzzle fit together after Professor Susser's explanations.

Even though it is from Tel Aviv University, there is no bias on the part of Professor Susser on the problems with the Jews and Palestinians.

Professor Susser has a very engaging way of teaching history and the course materials (videos, course readings and quizzes) are very high quality Ha sido un curso excelente,dentro de poco empezaré la segunda parte.

Professor Susser does an excellent job of providing ethnic and religious background, characterizing the many and varied groups.

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I look forward to doing Part II.

(I took Part I and Part II of this course) The Middle East is a very hot topic of discussions these days, but sadly a lot of people don’t know much about the region.

I learnt a great deal throughout and look forward to Part II.

I am looking forward to Part II.

I recommend this and Part II to anyone interested in understanding the Middle East and its complex development.

Very much looking forward to Part II of the course.

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I can't say 2 or 3 sentence the excellence of this course, highly equipped and best thanks Professor Asher Susser Very informative - a real eye-opener.

Asher Susser explains so much about the Middle East; helps make the present-day situation more understandable.

Professor Asher Susser is a very good speaker, and the course is very well organized.

Este curso superó mis expectativas siento una gran afinidad por el Medio Oriente y gracias bajo el direccionamiento del Profesor Asher Susser siento y se que tuve una adquisición de conocimiento o aprendizaje del mejor.

Informational and inspirational, the course was clearly illustrated by Prof. Asher Susser.

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must do course for anyone interested in world history and politics or just someone trying to understand the current world.

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Rating 4.7 based on 207 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 2-3 hours/week
Starts Nov 21 (last week)
Cost $49
From Tel Aviv University via Coursera
Instructor Professor Asher Susser
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities

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