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History Lesson: A Brief History of the Middle East, Part 1 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 in 2002.

Service: Spreaker
Publshed on: Aug 10, 2002
Duration: 59:20
Objectivist Conference Presentations
Yaron Brook Lectures

"modern" Middle East vs. ancient Middle East: similarities and differences
00:10 to 07:59
7.8 minutes
the Middle east pre-Islam: the birthplace of human civilization
08:00 to 12:39
4.7 minutes
birth of Mohammed and Islam
12:40 to 23:29
10.8 minutes
Mohammed, Islam, pure theocracy, and warfare
23:30 to 27:39
4.2 minutes
Islam and Judaism
27:40 to 32:29
4.8 minutes
Islam gaining power: Medina vs. Mecca; Mohammed triumphant
32:30 to 35:59
3.5 minutes
Islam on the move
36:00 to 38:24
2.4 minutes
disputes within Islam
38:25 to 39:29
1.1 minutes
theological tenets of Islam
39:30 to 44:34
5.1 minutes
Islam’s meaning: Submission and Peace
44:35 to 46:44
2.2 minutes
5 pillars of Islam and Jihad
46:45 to 50:49
4.1 minutes
Free Will and Collectivism in Islam
50:50 to 52:59
2.2 minutes
religious hierarchy in Islam
53:00 to 54:24
1.4 minutes
women in Islam
54:25 to N/A
4.9 minutes