THE MIDDLE EAST
Instructor: Dr. Louisa Moffitt
The Middle East is an area of the world that is of critical importance to the United States, yet one that is often little understood and weighted down by many stereotypes. These classes will offer a more nuanced view of the region, its religions, its people, and its political issues than what is usually found in the daily headlines.
Session 1: Islam: What it is and what it is not; an introduction to basic beliefs and major sects; women and “the veil.”
Session 2: The Arab-Israeli conflict: a short history and a look at the current situation.
Session 3: The current situation in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and the region, old rivalries and recent complications; The Kurds, ISIS, and American foreign policy.
Dr. Moffitt has been on the faculty at Marist for 32 years, teaching both Middle East Studies and AP United States history. A longtime consultant for the College Board, she has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the Middle East Studies Association National Service Award. Her most recent publication deals with immigration in America on the World Stage, published by the Organization of American Historians.
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