Modern Middle East Studies

The Modern Middle East Studies Program will challenge and perhaps change your views about the peoples who live East of the Mediterranean Sea, North of the Sahel in Africa, South of the former Soviet Republics and West of Afghanistan and Pakistan. This troubled and confusing region of West Asia and North-East Africa has been the focus of the world for centuries. The birthplace of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. Where black gold sustains much of the world, wars and conflicts threaten to destroy it. Muslims, Jews and Christians claim many of the same holy sites, many of the same prophets and even the same One God.
This program will bring top scholars, leading experts and men and women “on the ground” to the table for both lecture and discussion. They all either currently live in the Middle East or have spent extensive time living in the Middle East. You will be gleaning from the best of the best. We will also provide real time interviews with Arabs and Israelis who live in places like Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from top authors, speakers and practitioners- you will never watch the news the same way again!

Flexible Program Alternatives

Visiting students have the option of taking the courses for college academic credit ($385 per unit) or for continuing education units ($100 per unit).  Please use the visiting student application at the link below.

Visiting Student Application

William Jessup University students may register through their online portal.

Spring 2015 Schedule:

  • ICS280OL   Introduction to Islam – Online – [January 12 – March 1, 2015]
  •  ICS380OL   The Modern Middle East – Online – [January 12 – March 1, 2015]
  •  ICS281OL   Jesus in the Muslim Context  – Online –  [March 9 – April 26, 2015]
  •  ICS381OL   Muslim-Christian-Jewish Relations – Online – [March 9 – April 26, 2015]

Minor in Middle East Studies

Enrolled students at William Jessup University may earn a minor by taking all six courses (18 credit units) of the program. Two courses will be taught every semester and all courses will be delivered within a 12-month period.

Courses in the Program

The Modern Middle East: The Intersection of Oil, Religion and Terror (3 units) – In this course, students will develop an understanding of all things “Middle East.” They will be able to recognize the similarities and unique differences in the nations, cultures and tribes of the region while focusing on the rich diversity of this vital part of our world including the interplay of religion, politics and economics as they pertain to the international stage.

Introduction to Islam: Understanding and Relating to the World’s Second Largest and Most Misunderstood Religion (3 units) – In this course, students will learn about the basic tenets of the religion of Islam including its qualities that are admirable and deficient. They will understand and come to appreciate the similarities and differences of Islam to Judaism and Christianity.

Muslim-Christian-Jewish Relations: Principles for Building Common Ground (3 units) – In this course, students will come to understand the basic tenets of each of these three religions and their historical, cultural and theological ties to the Middle East. Students will gain an appreciation for the people who practice these religions and learn to build bridges that unite rather than divide; while still holding to distinctive Evangelical beliefs.

Jesus in the Muslim Context: Methods from the Life of Christ (3 units) –  In this course, students will understand the history of missionary methods in Muslim nations and their relative effectiveness. Students will learn creative ways to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ in Muslim countries – and complete the course with a great sense of hope – in the prospects that Muslims do, in fact, come to know the biblical Lord and Savior Jesus Christ when they are presented a clear message.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Sorting Out the World’s Most Divisive Conflict (3 units) – In this course, students will be able to understand and interpret the cultural, religious, historical and political nuances of a highly complex region and its ongoing conflict. Students will also leave the course with a sense of hope for the future as they see the vast array of people who are working for mutual good in the Holy Land.

American Interests in the Middle East: Public Policy and Economic Opportunity (3 units) – In this course, students will be able to understand how America plays a key role in all things Middle East, and how through strategic initiatives that role can be even more productive. Students will learn to appreciate and envision a positive American role in its foreign policy towards the region and in sponsoring robust economic exchange between the East and West.