The Emergence of the Modern Middle East - Part II

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Professor Asher Susser
Senior Research Fellow
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r/booksuggestions • comment
2 points • Rlyeh_Dispatcher

I pulled it out from the recommended readings sections of Coursera's The Emergence of the Modern Middle East course (which I recommend).

Edit: Also, here's a couple of lists of books on Syria in general that you might also find useful, even if they don't all focus on the domestic Baathist state per se.

Edit 2: oh, one other suggestion. You're probably looking for Ashes of Hama: The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria by Raphaël Lefèvre, which is about the Muslim Brotherhood post-Hama Massacre and is cited in Christopher Phillip's The Battle for Syria (also listed in the link above, and one that I'm enjoying so far).

r/DecidingToBeBetter • post
7 points • [deleted]
Being more involved with the world - politics, economics, social issues

I feel a bit uncomfortable opening a topic about this issue, as I know there is a lot of stigma around people "not being interested in politics". "They must be stupid", and so on. Well, I know that's not the case for me. I've spent my life so far mostly being interested in science, engineering, technology, neurology, psychology, but also creative ventures. I'm a very curious person I would say, and enjoy finding out a lot about many different topics. However, I have never developed a solid base when it came to geography, politics, economics, culture. Due to undetected depression in primary school, I performed badly and was sent to lower vocational (is how you call it I think - I'm Dutch). Long story short I managed over time to find myself and climbed up to university level. I never did any proper high school though (not on university preparatory level) and so miss a lot of basic knowledge about the world that I feel embarrassed about. On top of that, I'm a very abstract and visual person, and have a great deal of difficulty remembering names (of things, places, people). That's difficult with specifically these subjects. I've been triggered by events in the last few years to get more interested in politics, but after a short burst of reading online articles I'd usually give up because it felt like there was just too much for me to know and catch up on, too many relationships spanning the globe with too many dependencies and stakes. It was overwhelming. With the elections in the US my interest was peaked again and I notice myself reading a lot of articles in the last 3 days. I'm running into the same problems though; not knowing a lot about the history, the games in the shadows, the international relationships, the wars and war crimes, the whole situation with Russia, there's just too much. I feel like knowing everything that is playing, everything that is at stake, and then staying up to date, would leave me no time for the things that really interest me as a passion instead of a necessity.

However, I do see the importance of these subjects and I do want to develop at least a gross feel for it. It will probably never be the focus of my life. My question to you is, could you advise me some good summaries, books, sources of information that can get me up to speed in a reasonable amount of time? In other words, let's say you had to start over. What would you do?


I found some sources myself. Coursera:

r/IWantToLearn • comment
1 points • eucorri

There's a two-part online course on Coursera called The Emergence of the Modern Middle East. I did the first one and found it quite informative. There's no need to do the assignments if you don't want; just watch the videos and lectures. part1 [part2] (

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