History Lesson: A Brief History of the Middle East, Part 3 of 5
Since the birth of civilization, the Middle East has been a crucible of regional conflicts and conquests. This course provides an essentialized history of the region, from its domination by the Roman Empire to the rise and fall of Islamic civilization to the West's defeat of the Ottoman Empire. Dr. Brook then focuses on the more recent history of this area (from the end of World War I to the present), explaining the ideas that have shaped its development and illuminating the context behind the terrorist attacks on the United States and the war in Afghanistan.
This talk was originally presented at the Objectivist summer conferences
Sep 12, 2002
Objectivist Conference Presentations
One final chance: Muslims in Al Andalus [Spain], Muslim Golden Age
Saving the West: Spanish Muslims influence on Europe
deterioration of Abbasid empire: Mamluks, Seljuks and other power groups in court
rise of madrasas in Islam
Mongol horde and the rise of pure mysticism in Islamic culture
the rise of the Ottoman Empire
Q: why didn’t local populations provide their own children to Turkish military?
implementation of Sharia in Ottoman empire
economic, military, and technological woes beginning in 16th century Ottoman empire
Reasons for Muslim failure, according to Muslims