We will explore a framework for understanding 20th century and recent developments in the 17 Arab countries. We will approach the topic through political science and history and include the role of ideologies like nationalism, Nasserism and Islamic expressions, and geopolitical factors like petroleum, the Cold War and outside intervention. Special emphasis will be placed on types of regimes, response to developments like Arab Spring, experiments with democracy and understanding current happenings.
Tom Sanders (firstname.lastname@example.org) was a professor of international studies and religious studies. Since retiring he has focused on the Muslim world, traveled extensively, and studied Turkish and Arabic. He has taught more than 25 courses at College for Seniors, including Turkey, Kurds and Kurdistan, and Religion, Ethnicity and Politics in the Middle East.