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This third unit was a crash course in trying to identify the causes, consequences, and overall driving forces behind the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Middle East.

Our objective now is to create articles to help explain the essential topics of this conflict to a general audience.


  1. As a class, we will decide what makes for a useful explanation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. To start, we will evaluate two sources that many people might go to when first learning the basics of the topic: the Crash Course video on the conflict, as well as the Wikipedia page. So watch the video and then browse the Wikipedia page. What do you see as the strengths/weaknesses of these sources?
Crash Course Video

For Mashrou’ Leila’s story behind the song “Roman” & its female-oriented video, see

This second unit was a crash course in trying to define some of the general factors of gender and sexuality that have shaped individual experiences in the Middle East. We looked at how some musicians and poets have advocated for LGBTQ rights and faced both support and censorship; at how feminism has a variety of meanings & contexts in the Middle East (as well as outside the region); at the economic data for gender and labor and the level of success that NGOs and governments have…

“The Middle East — Key Players and Notable Relationships” by mkandlez is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

This first unit was a crash course in trying to define the term “Middle East”. We looked at how the region is both unified and diverse in food, climate, resources, languages, ethnicity, religions, and history. With the history in particular, we skimmed the surface of Ottoman rule, European colonial influence, independence movements, Arab nationalist movements, Islamism, refugees, the Iraq Wars, the Arab Spring, and the rise of ISIS/ISIL. Yet this was emphatically a crash course — we focused on specific sources and I’m hoping your curiosity has been piqued to investigate more.

Your task is to review your notes &…

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“Fuzzy Little Cute Puppy” by Shopping Diva is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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