Talk: Revolution and Counter-Revolution in the Making of the Modern Middle East

Sunday, May 28 at 2 pm

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Sketches of Israel and the Middle East series

Join us on Sunday, May 28th at 2 pm in Congregation Emanu-El
synagogue, for the fifth talk in our series Sketches of Israel and the Middle Eastwhen Dr. Andrew Wender will explore
the roles of Revolution and Counter-Revolution in the Making of the Modern
Middle East
.

The political geography of the Middle East seems to exemplify the
pivotal, ongoing role of revolutions in (re)constructing the modern world. To
take just a few illustrations, consider how states like Egypt and Iran have
been forged by revolutions and how the now-100 year-old Russian revolution has
had myriad reverberations throughout the region. Though today, in the
tumultuous wake of such processes as the 2011- Arab uprisings, the recent
consolidation of power by a figure like Turkey’s Erdogan, and broader global
dynamics ranging from geo-strategic rivalries to discontented populism, it is
especially challenging to assess the whipsawing forces of revolution and
counter-revolution. Applying new thinking about the nature of revolution,
Andrew will offer a critical vantage point on emerging significances for the
region.

Dr. Wender is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of
Victoria with a cross appointment in the Departments of Political Science and
History.  His teaching and research
interests include worldwide, historical and contemporary intersections among
politics, society, law, and religion; Middle East politics and history; and
comparative political thought.

  • Sponsored
    by the Emanu-El Adult Education Team, this series aims at increasing our
    members’ knowledge of Israel and the Middle East. Contact Heshi if you have any questions.
  • Entry is by donation: light refreshments will
    be served.

Talk: “Are colonial borders to blame for the violence in the Middle East?”

On Wednesday,
January 18, 2017 at 7 pm, at the Emanu-El synagogue, UVic history professor, Dr.
Martin Bunton
, will launch our series of talks on Israel and the Middle
East with the following subject, “Are colonial borders to blame for the
violence in the Middle East?”
 

In the face of such volatility in the
Middle East today, there has been increasing debate about redrawing the map of
the Middle East and erasing the century-old borders drawn by the infamous
European diplomats, Sir Marks Sykes and George Picot. Indeed, when ISIS spread
from Syria to Iraq in 2014, it proclaimed the “End of Sykes-Picot”. Yet, where
exactly do the profound challenges to the status quo lie? In the interwar
delineation of colonial borders or in how Arab leaders since WW2 have coped
with those separations? This talk will argue that the most significant
challenge today is to build inclusive societies within those borders and in
meeting the socioeconomic aspirations of the populations growing rapidly within
them.

This promises to be an informative evening so mark your calendars now!

Email Heshi
at if you have any questions.

Entry is by donation: light refreshments will be
served.

Sketches of Israel and the Middle East

Wednesday, January 18,
2017 at 7 pm, at 
Congregation Emanu-El,
1461 Blanshard Street

To expand our members’
knowledge of Israel and the Middle East, Congregation Emanu-El Adult Education
team has planned a fascinating series of monthly talks starting in January
2017. We have invited scholars and experts from our shul and elsewhere to
present and discuss subjects such as: colonial borders and their implications,
Arabic words in modern Hebrew, and regional environmental issues such as water
use.  

Dr. Martin Bunton, Professor University of Victoria History
Department specializing in the field of modern Middle Eastern history, will
launch the series on January 18, 2017  at
7 pm when he will address the following question,  "Are colonial borders to blame for the
violence in the Middle East?“

This promises to be an informative evening so mark your
calendars now!

Email Heshi at if you have any questions.

Entry is by
donation: light refreshments will be served