Religion and Politics in the Middle East

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Religion and Politics in the Middle East

<p>The Middle East is a region of great ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity. The inability of the governments' of the region to manage the relationships between diverse religious and ethnic

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The Middle East is a region of great ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity. The inability of the governments' of the region to manage the relationships between diverse religious and ethnic groups, has inevitably led to continuous conflicts.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Course Overview, The Middle East: the ethno-religious map
  • Christians in the Middle East, Assyrians: Identity revival, genocide and survival, Armenians: Genocide and survival, Copts: Continuous struggle for survival
  • Islam in the Middle East, The emergence of Islam and Sunni-Shia differences
  • Government, Religion and Politics in Turkey
  • Emergence and disappearance of ISIS as regional power
  • Government and Politics in Iraq, Sunni-Shia conflict, Arab-Kurdish Conflict
  • Government and Politics in Syria, Alawi minority in power, Civil War, the Kurdish question
  • Government and Politics in Lebanon, The Maronites and the Druzes, Conclusion

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify some of the various minorities in the Middle East.
  2. Recognise the major ethnic and religious groups in the Middle East.
  3. Describe the complexity of the social, political, ethnic and religious terrain in the Middle East.