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This course serves as an introduction to the pre-modern Islamic artistic traditions of the Mediterranean, Near East, and Central and South Asia. It surveys core Islamic beliefs, the basic characteristics of Islamic art and architecture, and art and architecture created under each dynasty and ruling party. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: identify the core beliefs of Islam, the major characteristics of Islamic art, and the major forms of Islamic architecture; identify major pre-modern Islamic works of art and monuments from the Middle East, Northern Africa, Spain, and South Asia; explain how the core beliefs of Islam contributed to the basic characteristics of Islamic art and architecture and the secular art works and architecture of the Islamic world; identify the succeeding dynasties that ruled the Islamic world; explain the important role that the patronage of art and architecture had played in definitions of kingship. (Art History 303)
The Council on Foreign Relation's (CFR) "The Sunni-Shia Divide" InfoGuide examines the roots and consequences of the divide between Sunni and Shia Muslims, including expert insight into the extremist groups behind today’s sectarian violence and related flashpoints that threaten international security. CFR InfoGuides are a multimedia series to promote understanding of complex foreign policy issues.
The Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) InfoGuide on The Taliban examines the two Talibans, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the consequences for the region. CFR InfoGuides are a multimedia series to promote understanding of complex foreign policy issues.
The destabilization of Iraq, the civil war in Syria, and the rise of the Islamic State present both challenges and opportunities for the Kurds. The Council on Foreign Relation's (CFR) "The Time of the Kurds" InfoGuide outlines these challenges, their historical underpinnings, and how they could reshape the Middle East. CFR InfoGuides are a multimedia series to promote understanding of complex foreign policy issues.
This is a collection of downloadable video clips on the theme of Conflict, with guiding questions for students. Clips are drawn from the following PBS WIDE ANGLE documentaries: "Greetings from Grozny" (2002), "Ladies First" (2004), "Suicide Bombers" (2004).
The Middle East’s geographical and strategic uniqueness has made every great power in history to seek to advance its interests in the region. Yet, the region constitutes the greatest single reserve of oil in the world, which has made it a regular source of foreign interference in the post-World War II era. In addition to its geographical and strategic uniqueness, the Middle East is the birthplace and spiritual center of the world’s three most important monotheistic religions. Due to its geopolitical importance, any inter- and intra-state conflict in the Middle East has the potential not only for destabilizing the region as a whole or upsetting the regional balance of power but also affecting global stability. After employing the Regional Security Complex Theory (RSCT) in order to define and delimit the region of the Middle East, the chapters of this book address the question of regional order, examine how regionalism and globalism feature in Middle Eastern integration processes, explore regional bids for hegemony, and investigate the approaches and policies of major international actors.
Students will be able to identify and explain the current crisis in Syria. Students will also be able to evaluate the situation in Syria and formulate their opinion on the topic, citing evidence from the materials provided.
Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Iranian journalist and human rights activist Akbar Ganji for a discussion of the dynamics of change in Iran. Topics covered include the Iranian Revolution in comparative context, the problem of establishing democracy in Islamic societies, power in Iran, and U.S. Iranian Relations. Ganji also talks about his work as an investigative journalist in Iran and his political imprisonment. (59 min)
Conversations with History and Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Russian scholar and policy analyst, Vitaly Naumkin, who reflects on Islam, Russian perspectives on the Middle East and Central Asia, and the implications of U.S. policy. (58 min))
Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Israeli journalist Tom Segev for a discussion of his new book, 1967: Israel, the War and the Year that Transformed the Middle East. Topics included in the discussion are changes in Israeli society before the 1967 war, the events leading to war, Israeli decision making during and after the war, the interplay between personality and politics, the consequences of the war for Israel and the role of U.S. foreign policy during the crisis. (59 minutes)
Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler welcomes Daniel Pipes, Director of the Middle East Forum, for a discussion militant Islam, the impact of 9/11, and the factors shaping the debate on the U.S. role in the Middle East. (44 min)
In this 1988 interview, diplomat Samuel Lewis joins host Harry Kreisler for a discussion of conflict resolution in the Middle East. (56 min)
Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Israeli political scientist and peace activist Galia Golan for a discussion of the peace movement in Israel. She reflects on the Israeli domestic situation, compares Israeli occupation policies to South Africa's apartheid, and analyzes Israel"s geopolitical constraints. She also compares the stability of superpower conflict in the Middle East during the Cold War with today's regional geopolitical situation, especially Israel's conflict with Iran. (58 min)
Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Historian Juan Cole for a discussion of U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East. He also explores the importance of religion in understanding events in Iran and Iraq and he addresses the impact of the communications revolution on his own work as a scholar involved in the policy debate. (59 min)
Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes General John Abizaid for a discussion of the role of the military in the 21st century. Drawing on his experience as commander of the U.S. Central Command, he discusses the problems confronting the next President in the Middle East. He analyzes the lessons of the Iraq War and reflects on issues such as intelligence, the Geneva Conventions, and the role of military contractors. (53 minutes)
In this 1986 interview, Ambassador Alfred L. Atherton, a leading figure in the search for peace in the Middle East, joins U.C. Berkeley's Harry Kreisler for a discussion of the role of diplomacy in securing a stable Middle East. (30 min)
International Relations specialist Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, analyzes U.S. national interest in the Middle East and talks about his new book, The Stakes, America and the Middle East. (58 min)
On this edition of Conversations with History, host Harry Kreisler welcomes Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Chair for peace and Development at the University of Maryland, for an intriguing dialogue on the search for peace in the Middle East. (59 min)
Host Harry Kreisler welcomes historian and novelist Michael Oren for a discussion of the search for truth in his historical studies and in his novels. He reflects on the skills and temperament required to do history and fiction focusing on his study of the six day war in the Middle East and his novel Reunion. (54 min)