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Middle East Issues

  1. Middle East Politics / 15 contact hrs

    This module aims at providing an introduction to the study of politics in the Middle East through a focus on a number of contemporary issues such as political religion, gender, democracy and the role of external actors. It also sets out to offer an historical perspective on how current situations emerged. By the end of the course, students should be familiar with key themes and issues in the study of the region and equipped with the conceptual and analytical tools required
    in order to understand them. The topics addressed by the lectures will include the legacy of colonialism in the Middle East, the emergence of pan-Arabism, the birth and evolution of modern Arab states, the issue of political Islam and its evolving relationship with democracy and the role of external actors.

  2. Contemporary History of the Middle East / 15 contact hrs

    Starting from the end of the First World War and the results of the War, this module will trace the history of the Middle East with a particular focus on the second half of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st century. The lectures will cover all major events related to the Middle East, including the partition of the Arab East, 1916-1921, the Balfour Declaration and the ensuing Arab-Israeli conflict, the Arab-Israeli War of 1948, the Suez crisis of 1956, the 1967 War which led to the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the 1973 War, the oil crisis, the 1979 Iranian revolution, the Iraq-Iran war of the 1980s and the Gulf war of the early 1990s. Finally, the most recent years will be analysed in order to provide a deeper understanding of the contemporary Middle East context, still characterized by internal and external tension and turmoil.

  3. Economic Relations of the Middle East / 15 contact hrs

    This module is meant to provide an outlook on the main features of the regional economic system, trying to highlight its strengths, weaknesses and degree of integration in the global economy. The main international trade channels which involve the Middle East will be described, obviously starting from its natural resources. Particular attention will be given to labor-related issues, productivity, unemployment, wages and the economies of remittances, which are tightly connected to migrations. The economic structure of the countries bordering with Palestine will be outlined, while a close-up on the Palestinian economy will conclude the lectures.

Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration


Phone: +972-2-2741241
Fax: +972-2-2744440

Dr. Fadi Kattan
Dean of the Shucri Ibrahim Dabdoub Faculty of Business Administration
MICAD Director / ext. 2445

Victoria Abu Al-Zelof
Program Assistant  / ext. 2427 

Bethlehem University Foundation
Phone: +1-240-241-4381
Fax: +1-240-553-7691
Beltsville, MD USA
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
Phone: +972-2-274-1241
Fax: +972-2-274-4440
Bethlehem, Palestine