Raja Tanas

Who is Who, and What is What in the Middle East

Following the introduction of three overlapping maps that highlight the meaning of Arab, Muslim, and Middle Easterner, this presentation focuses on the factors that shaped the Middle East region since the demise of the Ottoman Empire in 1918 to present. These factors include the end of the Muslim Caliphate, the rise of the state system, the discovery of oil, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the resurgence of Islam. The presentation concludes with a discussion on the grievances that the Arabs have against the colonial powers, and the prospects for peace.