Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Military History of the Middle East
N268 | 26027 | Walbridge

The course will begin with an introduction to the history of war in
the Middle East, with particular emphasis on the last hundred
years.  We will discuss both the military campaigns and their
political and cultural backgrounds. Since the roots of conflict are
deep in the Middle East, the course will begin by discussing two pre-
modern conflicts: the Muslim conquests of the 7th century and the
origins of the concept of jihad in the Crusades, the first conflict
between Islam and a resurgent Europe. For the contemporary period,
the course will cover World War I in the Middle East, with special
reference to the Gallipoli Campaign and Lawrence of Arabia's Arab
revolt the Arab-Israeli conflict, in particular the Israeli War of
Independence, the 1967 Six Day War and the Intifada, the Iran-Iraq
War, the Gulf War, al-Qa'eda and its jihad against the West, the
Iraq War, and the Afghan War. We will also cover current events
relating to Middle East conflicts.

Note: This course fulfills S&H credit.