1778 - Understanding the Middle East: Roots of the Culture Gap
Gain a deeper understanding of the Middle East by comparing its history, culture and economics to that of Europe. We will look at surprising philosophical and literary themes common to both cultures, review common obstacles faced by kings and caliphs and hopefully come out with an understanding of the differences that emerged on how rulers chose to handle them. We will examine why the Western Enlightenment persisted while the Middle East Golden Age fizzled out. The class will compare the type of rule, technology, agriculture, social mobility, mindset, and education. The class will review roots of current conflicts -- beyond religion and oil. Lecture (plus Questions)
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