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UI offers course on modern Middle East over the ICN

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The political, cultural and social developments that have shaped the modern Middle East are the focus of a new class from the University of Iowa offered at several sites in the state through the Iowa Communications Network (ICN).

"Society and Religion in the Modern Middle East," is an upper-level, three-credit-hour course offered by the UI School of Religion, department of history and the Division of Continuing Education.

The course meets from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 20 at these sites: Ames, Bettendorf, Cedar Falls, Clinton, Council Bluffs, Decorah, Fairfield Marshalltown, Orange City, Ottumwa, Sioux City, Waterloo, and the UI.

The 15-week course will use a historical approach to explore the political and cultural identities of Turkey, the Arab world, and Iran during the past two centuries. Topics include the domestic and international effects in the region of European colonialism, the rise of nationalism, the partition of Palestine, and the emergence of the modern state of Israel.

The class is one of several credit courses offered by the UI Division of Continuing Education over the ICN during the spring semester.

People interested in enrolling do not need to be registered in a UI program to take classes.

Tuition is $107 a credit hour for undergraduates and $170 an hour for graduate credit.

ICN sites may be subject to change and some sites may be added, depending on availability and interest.

For more information, contact Off-Campus Courses and Programs, University of Iowa, 116 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242; call toll-free: 1-800-272-6430; fax: (319) 335-2001; email:; World Wide Web: