Middle East 101. Become an expert overnight.
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Middle East 101. Become an expert overnight.

Learn about Middle East and speak with confidence after a few short and easy to follow videos. Learn from an expert.
4.1 (5 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
140 students enrolled
Created by Neil Lazarus
Last updated 5/2015
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 hour on-demand audio
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand how the Middle East historically became the center for political turmoil.
  • Speak about Middle East politics at the office or at a party in a way that is both knowledgeable and accurate.
  • Read a newspaper, listen to the news on the radio on the way to work, watch the evening news on TV and understand what motivates the political players
  • Create your own opinion about the world's major problems including;ISIS, Iran,Israel,Iraq and Yemen.
  • Learn history through highly informative videos
  • Study at a level that is suitable to your knowledge and time availability. If you want to understand the Middle East in 90 minutes you can. If you have more time to invest explore the course supplementary material
  • Discover a treasure trove of resources to understand,discuss and teach the issue
  • Discuss issues on a facebook page designed for this course with other participants
View Curriculum
  • No prior knowledge about the Middle East is required to take this course. We'll cover the essentials throughout the lectures.
  • An open mind and a willingness to learn are the only two pre requirements of the class
  • Students are welcome to have opinions but should be open to have them challenged.
  • You don't need to live (or have been) in the Middle East to enjoy this course.
  • Internet connection

Sunni or Sushi, Hamas or Hummus? The Middle East is a confusing place. Enemies are now friends and new radical groups seem to appear daily. The Middle East 101 course provides the means to understand in a quick and straight forward manner the challenges facing the region. Literally become an expert over night

Take a semester course in just over an hour and become an expert in Middle East Politics.

Participating in the course will enable you to converse intelligently whether in business or with journalists or friends. It's like taking a university semester course overnight!

Iran,ISIS, Hamas, Israel, understand the Middle East Crisis in one straight forward course.

  • Recognize how the invasion of Iraq lead to the inevitable rise of ISIS.
  • Discover why the Palestinian Israel conflict is becoming more violent.
  • Understand why the Obama Iran nuclear agreement is so far reaching.

Become an expert in the Middle East overnight.

Answer questions on the Middle East like an expert and win every discussion.

The course is uniquely easy to follow. I designed it for people who need to be in the know but only have a short amount of time to spare studying.

It's "give it to me on a plate" approach is original and fresh. It provides a big picture view rather than intricate history. Not everybody needs to be a historian, but everybody needs to be in the know. The course can be studied at different levels. You can also choose how much time to invest in taking the course.

Be introduced to major historical factors that created the political reality of today. These include the colonial legacy of the British,Turkish and French and the implosion of a region that was artificially created by the Sykes Picot agreement. The course then proceeds to examine some of the major political factors and players in the region. These include ISIS, Hamas, Iran Israel/Palestine, Iraq and Syria

The course is updated as events unfold. Once joined, you have a ticket for a life time.

I can promise you, the need for a course that will explain politics in a simple and easy to understand fashion has never more urgent.

Politics may not be your primary interest, but I am sure succeeding in business, socially or job interviews is. In such a competitive world talking intelligently about major issues is no longer an option.

Let me show you how.

The Middle East 101 course is intended for anybody who needs to 'talk politics" with knowledge whether socially or professionally.

Packed with live interviews, maps and videoed classes you will be able to work alongside a leading expert in the field. Even more incredibly you will receive a verifiable certificate of completion upon finishing the course and knowledge to beat the competition and succeed in every interview.

Who is the target audience?
  • Those students particpating in this course will be seeking to understand the major issues in the Middle East in a manor that is easy to understand,
  • Students will NOT be looking for a long indepth history, but rather a "give it to me on a plate" approach. They will want to understand ISIS in ten minutes, or the Israeli Palestinian conflict in five.
  • This course is ideal for those who often find themselves having to talk politics at work,socially or on campus but don't feel comfortable with their basic knowledge.
  • A student should not expect a long university course but rather a course that provides enough background to really understand the major issues.
  • Participants will be seeking to answer the questions such as: "Why can't anyone agree?" What are the sides? Why can't they find common ground?
  • Participants will be seeking to answer such questions as: "Why can't anyone agree?" What are the sides? Why can't they find common ground?
  • Become highly informed on the past and present of the Middle East in minutes a day with this introductory politics course.
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
How to get the most out of this course
2 Lectures 04:31

Students are shown how to most benefit from the course as well as communicate with eachother on a specially created facebook group. See Middle East101 Participants facebook group

Preview 04:11

This course keeps changing...what's happening!!?
The Middle East. How it all began and why a conflict was inevitable.
3 Lectures 12:26

The Middle East has been important since time immemorial. Farmed since 9000 BC "the fertile crescent" includes modern-day Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Israel-Palestine. In this class we shall see that whilst ancient man may have been sowing seeds for crops, the seeds for one of the world's longest conflicts were also being planted. Remember the class is the basics on the plate, for more lengthy analysis watch the class resources.

The fertile crescent in 40 seconds

Using the simple analogy of a sandwich, students will understand how the conflict in the region is multifaceted and mulilayered.

Preview 03:34

The story of Islam's division between Sunni and Shia started with the Prophet Mohammed's death in 632. Today it has become the most important conflict in the region

Sunni, Sushi, Shiite? Making sense of the Islamic divide.
The Rise of Colonialism
1 Lecture 02:44

This class will examine the Sykes Picot agreement and why the fighters of ISIS are committed to its downfall.

A line is a dot that went for a walk. Sykes Picot and lines in the sand.
Israel and Palestine
4 Lectures 37:21

To understand the conflict there are three maps that every student should understand. This class explores these maps - the 1947 Partition Plan the ceasefire lines of 1967 and where Palestinian refugees ended being resettled.

The class also has extensive resources that explore the 1993 Oslo Accords. Students are given access to the leaked documents of the Israel Palestinian negotiations,otherwise known as the Palestine papers. Theclass source material provides a wide range of opinions on the conflict and a wide array of websites for more information.

The Palestinian Conflict in 3 maps

There is nothing more controversial than whether Israel should build in the West Bank. This class summarizes the arguments on both sides and then provides a treasure of resources on the subject.

Settlements Block to peace or historic right?

Yisrael Meidad is an Israeli settler from the West Bank. He joins us to explain his perspective.

A Jewish Settler

The future of Gaza continues to be one of the most problematic sticking points between Israel and the Palestinians.

This lecture will look at the nature of the Gaza dilemma and define who is Hamas?

Preview 15:24
The Iraq War
1 Lecture 03:25

The war in Iraq had long term consequences for the region, both ethnically and in relation to Iran

The Consequences of the Iraq War
The 2011 Arab Spring
2 Lectures 01:08:13

Hussein Aboubakr is a dissident. Arrested by Mubarak's men for criticising the regime, he fled to the USA where he now lives. He joins us for this class to talk about the Arab Spring.

Preview 12:14

The Arab Spring (Arabic: الربيع العربي‎, ar-rabīˁ al-ˁarabī) was a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests (both non-violent and violent), riots, and civil wars in the Arab world that began on 18 December 2010 in Tunisia with the Tunisian Revolution, and spread throughout the arab world

The Arab Spring
2 Lectures 06:54

Students will discover how complex of the situation in Syria is and how a war that started as an attempt to remove their leader, has become an ethnic war between rival groups..

The Syrian Crisis is like an Oreo cookie

There is no organiztion that is grabbing the headlines more than ISIS, this is what you need to know.

ISIS : the essentials
Iran and Saudia Arabia
2 Lectures 05:21

The war in Yemen has threatened global stability - but many people are not able to place the country on the map. This class will show why the battle for Yemen is actually a reflection of a larger battle between Iran and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East.

The Battle of Yemen, the Proxy Battle of Iran and Saudi Arabia

Can the USA counter a contradiction that seems inherent within it? Namely make a deal regarding nuclear development and at the same time contain Iran's attempt to be a global power? In this lecture Neil Lazarus critiques a press conference given by Secretary of State John Kerry to PBS.

Having your cake and eating it
Conclusion and Summary
2 Lectures 05:12

This lecture seeks to explore one question, what is the Obama doctrine? How will he be remembered?How will the historians remember him?

Is there an Obama Doctrine?

Final Words
Bonus Section
0 Lectures 00:00

Ok - we are at the end of the course...let's see what you remember!

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About the Instructor
Neil Lazarus
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