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A History of the Middle East

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Robert J. Flynn, Portland Community College

Copyright Year: 2021

Publisher: Portland Community College

Language: English

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter One: Introduction
  • Chapter Two: Muhammad and Islam
  • Chapter Three: The Arab Conquest and the Establishment of the Caliphate
  • Chapter Four: Religious, Social, and Intellectual Changes During the Caliphate, 632-1258
  • Chapter Five: The Decline of the Arab Empire, 809-1300
  • Chapter Six: The Gunpowder Empires
  • Chapter Seven: Ottoman Crisis and Adaptation, 1566-1768
  • Chapter Eight: Western Intrusions, Eastern Responses, 1768-1878
  • Chapter Nine: The Twilight of the Ottoman Empire, 1878-1916
  • Chapter Ten: “A Peace to End All Peace"
  • Chapter Eleven: The Independent States, 1918-1948
  • Chapter Twelve: The Middle East Under European Control, 1922-1948
  • Chapter Thirteen, The Establishment of Israel, 1918-1948
  • Chapter Fourteen: The Age of Nasser, 1949-1967
  • Chapter Fifteen: Arabia, Turkey, and Iran, 1949-1979
  • Chapter Sixteen: The Middle East After Nasser, 1967-1979
  • Chapter Seventeen: Transition and Stalemate, 1980-1990
  • Chapter Eighteen: The Gulf War and Its Legacy, 1990-2001

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  • About the Book

    History of the Middle East is a survey of Middle Eastern History from the time of Muhammad in the seventh century until the eve of the War on Terror in 2001. It is designed to meet the requirements of a single-term introductory course and is aimed at students who have no more than a casual understanding of the history, cultures, and societies of the region. It offers a relatively concise narrative of the region’s historical development that seeks to avoid oversimplification on the one hand and overcomplexity on the other.

    About the Contributors


    Robert Flynn received his PhD in diplomatic history from the University of Kentucky in 2001. His research interests include the Vietnam War, decolonization, and the Kennedy administration. He has been an instructor of history at Portland Community College since 2004, where he teaches Western civilization, US, and Middle East history, and where he served as the History Subject Area Committee chair from 2008–09. Robert’s interest in the History Tuning Project stems from his present role as the assessment coordinator for history, a post in which he oversees the History Subject Area’s effort to ensure that students taking PCC history classes are achieving course outcomes. He hopes that participation in the History Tuning Project will help the PCC History Subject Area Committee better align its outcomes to the core goals of the discipline and to the expectations of faculty at the four-year institutions to which our students transfer.

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