Third Age Learning - York Region   



Modern Middle East

  • May 11, 2015
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Aurora Cultural Centre


Sara Farhan

Sara Farhan is an Iraqi-Canadian who grew up in Ba’athist Iraq. She is pursuing a PhD in History at York University. Her research is centered on the history of the Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq.


Modern Middle East


The Modern Middle East lecture will provide a perspective on the history of the politics of the Middle East. Emphasis on development in the twentieth century will be the main concern. The rise of Arab Nationalism and the impact of the Cold War will be emphasized.  Ms Farhan will attempt to address the issues that are fundamentally ingrained in the Middle East’s geographical location, some of which continue to plague its inhabitants to this day. From the arbitrary formation of nation-states during the post World War I era, to the frequent outsider intervention of Britain, France, the Soviets, and the US, to the abundance of natural resources, and political environment of the nation-states themselves, she will demonstrate how authoritarian governments managed to prosper and persist at the expense of their people. Islam is only one part of a bigger picture.


This event is part of the Spring 2015 Speaker series.  Register for the Spring 2015 Speaker series. 

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