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Middle Eastern - European Intersections

Middle Eastern - European Intersections

Summer Workshop for Teachers, July 21 - August 2, 2007

This interdisciplinary seminar will underscore the historic and symbiotic relationship between the two regions since antiquity and how they have shaped each other's destinies in the spheres of politics, economics, and culture.

We will highlight five interrelated themes in a manner consistent with the California history, social science, and language frameworks: the grounding and fundamental synergy between the Middle East and Greece, expressly in the realm of philosophy and the interchange of knowledge and ideas, albeit also in the sphere of regional power rivalry, especially with Egypt and Persia; the onslaught of the Crusades and their impact on the Middle East and Europe, in warfare and in generating trade and commerce; the formidable influence and impact of Byzantium and the Ottoman Empire; the ages of colonialism and nationalism spurred in the 19th century by French and British occupation and rule; and the current status and impact of immigration from Turkey and North Africa, and by extension Islam in Europe.

Dates: July 21-August 2, 2007; 9am-4 pm daily, excluding weekends except first Saturday.

Online Registration

4 LAUSD multicultural general salary credits or 4 University Extension quarter-units Most suitable to middle school and high school history, social studies, and language arts teachers.


Center for Near Eastern Studies