The history of the Middle East is particularly fascinating because the earliest civilizations are known to have developed in this region of the world at around 3500 BC. The Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians and Assyrians all flourished here. The Nile was particularly important to these early civilizations, as were the Fertile Crescent and the Mediterranean Sea.  

A course on the history of the Middle East will cover many of the following topics:

  • The Middle East before Muhammad
  • The prophet of Mecca
  • Islam
  • The early Arab conquests
  • The high caliphate
  • Shiites and Turks, crusaders and Mongols
  • Islamic civilization
  • Firearms, slaves, and empires
  • European interests and imperialism
  • Westernizing reform in the nineteenth century
  • The rise of nationalism
  • The roots of Arab bitterness
  • Modernizing rulers in the independent states
  • Egypt and the Fertile Crescent under European control
  • The contest for Palestine
  • Israel's rebirth and the rise of Arab nationalism
  • War and the quest for peace
  • The reassertion of Islamic power
  • The Gulf War and the peace process
  • The war on terrorism


A useful website for students beginning research in Middle East history is How To Research Middle East History. A journal that is worth following is the International Journal of Middle East Studies, developed by the City University of New York. For students looking for published papers, the online journal database Questia has a collection of published papers on Middle East history. Many books on Middle East history can be found on Amazon.com.

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