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Turning Points in Middle Eastern History

Go beyond the headlines to reveal the true Middle East.  Gain surprising insights about the world today based on this dramatic history led by a professor, US Consultant, and explorer.

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36 Lectures

1
Image of Muslim Empires: Land, Language, Religion
Muslim Empires: Land, Language, Religion
0 of 32 min
2
Image of Muhammad and the Dawn of Islam - 622
Muhammad and the Dawn of Islam - 622
0 of 29 min
3
Image of Arab Invasion of North Africa - 639
Arab Invasion of North Africa - 639
0 of 31 min
4
Image of Umayyad Caliphate in Damascus - 661
Umayyad Caliphate in Damascus - 661
0 of 30 min
5
Image of Battle of Karbala - 680
Battle of Karbala - 680
0 of 28 min
6
Image of Arab Invasion of Andalusia - 711
Arab Invasion of Andalusia - 711
0 of 29 min
7
Image of Battle of Talas - 751
Battle of Talas - 751
0 of 28 min
8
Image of The Founding of Baghdad - 762
The Founding of Baghdad - 762
0 of 31 min
9
Image of Islamic Golden Age Begins - 813
Islamic Golden Age Begins - 813
0 of 31 min
10
Image of Qairouan University - 859
Qairouan University - 859
0 of 30 min
11
Image of The Fatimids of Cairo - 969
The Fatimids of Cairo - 969
0 of 30 min
12
Image of Umayyad Exile in Cordoba - 784 - 1031
Umayyad Exile in Cordoba - 784 - 1031
0 of 30 min
13
Image of Al-Ghazali and Orthodoxy - 1090
Al-Ghazali and Orthodoxy - 1090
0 of 30 min
14
Image of Crusaders Capture Jerusalem - 1099
Crusaders Capture Jerusalem - 1099
0 of 30 min
15
Image of Muslims in the Court of Roger II - 1130
Muslims in the Court of Roger II - 1130
0 of 30 min
16
Image of Saladin: Chivalry and Conquest - 1187
Saladin: Chivalry and Conquest - 1187
0 of 30 min
17
Image of The Egyptian Mamluks - 1250
The Egyptian Mamluks - 1250
0 of 30 min
18
Image of Mongols Sack Baghdad - 1258
Mongols Sack Baghdad - 1258
0 of 29 min
19
Image of Ottoman Empire Rises - 1299
Ottoman Empire Rises - 1299
0 of 31 min
20
Image of Mansa Musa, Richest Man - 1324
Mansa Musa, Richest Man - 1324
0 of 29 min
21
Image of Ibn Khaldun’s Masterpiece - 1377
Ibn Khaldun’s Masterpiece - 1377
0 of 30 min
22
Image of Ottomans Seize Constantinople - 1453
Ottomans Seize Constantinople - 1453
0 of 30 min
23
Image of Fall of Granada - 1492
Fall of Granada - 1492
0 of 30 min
24
Image of Safavid Dynasty of Persia - 1501
Safavid Dynasty of Persia - 1501
0 of 29 min
25
Image of Selim the Grim - 1512
Selim the Grim - 1512
0 of 29 min
26
Image of Suleiman the Magnificent - 1520
Suleiman the Magnificent - 1520
0 of 31 min
27
Image of Second Siege of Vienna - 1683
Second Siege of Vienna - 1683
0 of 29 min
28
Image of The Saud-Wahhab Pact - 1744
The Saud-Wahhab Pact - 1744
0 of 31 min
29
Image of Napoleon Invades Egypt - 1798
Napoleon Invades Egypt - 1798
0 of 28 min
30
Image of Murder at the Citadel - 1811
Murder at the Citadel - 1811
0 of 28 min
31
Image of French Invasion of Algeria - 1830
French Invasion of Algeria - 1830
0 of 30 min
32
Image of East India Company in Yemen - 1839
East India Company in Yemen - 1839
0 of 30 min
33
Image of Egypt, Europe, and the Suez Canal - 1869
Egypt, Europe, and the Suez Canal - 1869
0 of 30 min
34
Image of Discovering Middle East Oil - 1908
Discovering Middle East Oil - 1908
0 of 30 min
35
Image of World War I in the Desert - 1914
World War I in the Desert - 1914
0 of 30 min
36
Image of The Last Caliphate Falls - 1924
The Last Caliphate Falls - 1924
0 of 34 min

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l********m
August 28, 2018

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c********m
March 19, 2018
Thank you, Professor Gearon. I have gone on to read several of the authors and poets you mentioned, and I'm blown away by the knowledge I was never taught in history classes. You have broadened my understanding of human cultural development and brought the current events in the Middle East to life. Of the many classes I have taken, I think I have quoted from your teaching most of all. I hope we discover time travel during my life, as you have provided many must-see destinations.

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March 11, 2018

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