Excellent Course. Professor Susser does a thorough, careful job of bring the Middle East up to date to 2013 or so. Would love to see an additional week added dealing with developments up to today.
A FASCINATING COURSE WHICH WAS MOST ENGAGING THROUGHOUT. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS COURSE. IT REALLY HELPS TO PUT INTO CONTEXT THE CONFLICT IN THE MIDDLE EAST THAT IS STILL VERY MUCH ONGOING.
par Solomon Z•
great brief info
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par Tom L•
I find the course comprehensive and balanced. However, when the lectures are in English, which is not the instructor's native tongue, the result can be a halting delivery. While this does not impact the video so much, I find the transcripts can be difficult. When the instructor pauses to order his thoughts and words, the transcript all too often shows a period, creating a disjointed narrative; among other things, there are words misunderstood ("designer's" for "the Zionists"); the dreaded apostrophe ("it's" for "its"); words missing (so guesswork is required to maintain continuity), when a little more effort may fill the gap. I feel some editing to produce a more readable version (though not a verbatim copy) would benefit all.
P.S. I found similar problems with "Russian History: Lenin to Putin".
par Zakaria G•
it was nice seeing things from the other side's perspective (the way Israelis see it) as opposed to being bombarded by the same ideas all arabs (governments and individuals) promote...a necessary step if people really want to form an objective opinion about this long lasting conflict, even more important for those directly concerned if a peaceful solution is sought (dreamy but who knows) just wish of the MENA region universities (other than israeli universities) had the decency to make such an objective course available...would help a lot
par Eden H•
This course is wonderful, and does not seem biased. My one complaint is that for so so much information, there are only two quizzes. I would prefer to have a test at the end of each weekly lesson, especially since the quizzes are so short. The material and videos themselves are wonderful! I learned a lot :)
par James H•
This is a very good course, and Professor Susser is a very engaging speaker. The course is inevitably biased towards the Israeli perspective, and misses out the development of several states in the region. Yet what it does cover, it covers fairly impartially and is sympathetic of other perspectives.
par Kamil K•
Very well made course, although I wish to see more on other countries, because Egipt, Israel and Palestine were making most of lectures.
par bethany l•
The quizzes are fact based - they do not check understanding, only how well you rote-learned some parts of the lectures.
par John M•
Good background and enjoyed delving into the detail of the Middle East.
par zachary r•
Not nearly as good as Part 1.
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