2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

HIS 301 Arab-Israeli Conflict

During the second half of the 20th century the survival of the Israeli nation represented the cultural, political, religious, and economic clash between east and west. The Jewish people, granted a homeland by the United Nations, first fought military battles for survival against Arab nationalism from the 1950s to the 1960s, then Islamic radicalism in the 1970s and beyond. This class examines the historic conflict between the Jews and Arabs over the land of Israel; it will focus on the competing Jewish and Arab claims, the wars fought between them, the abuses committed by both sides, and the wider implications for western politics and world religion. 3 credits.