1778 - Understanding the Middle East: Roots of the Culture Gap
We will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Middle East by comparing its history, culture, and economics to that of Europe. We will discuss surprising literature connections between the Middle East and the West and examine why the Western Enlightenment persisted while the Middle East Golden Age seemed to fizzle out. Comparisons will be made in the following areas: technology, agriculture, and social mobility. In the second half of the course, we will review the roots of current conflicts and understand that religion and oil are not the only factors. Lecture (plus Questions)
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