1hfa3: The Islamist Entanglement

Welcome to the only history program for especially designed for adults! By joining Powell History you can use the premier on-line history program to finally learn history for yourself. The Islamist Entanglement — the third installment in the acclaimed A First History for Adults™ program — will give you an unparalleled context of knowledge to interpret events in the world’s most volatile region, and help you predict and direct the course of America’s impact on the world.


Course Summary

The The Islamist Entanglement is the third installment of the A First History for Adults™ program, designed to help adults learn history. It is a 10 lecture course on the history of the interface between Western and Islamic civilization, which focuses on the modern history of that relationship, starting c.1700. The course begins with a discussion of the “Eastern Question,” as it was called in European diplomatic circles, and charts the impact of Europe’s empires on central Asia through to WWII. It then shifts in emphasis to the conduct of American foreign relations with the region in the context of the Cold War, and follows through to the present. Over the course of the ten lectures, the history of seven major Middle Eastern countries will be examined in turn: Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, with a 1.5 hour lecture dedicated to each. As the course proceeds, the differences and similarities between the various Islamic states will be examined, with the final aim of situating the current Middle Eastern crisis in its proper historical context.


Program Features

  • 10 lectures, each 1.5 hours, for a total of 15 hours of instruction
  • Lectures available exclusively as digital recordings in MP3 format.
    • Listen anytime, and as many times as you like!
  • Yahoo! Group forum available for registered students.
  • “Facts practice sheets” that summarize the history of each major period
  • Tips and unique exercises to help you integrate and retain the material


  • The Middle East Milestones series is avalable at Powell History Recommends, the Blog as part of the lead-up to the Islamist Entanglement. Read up on some of the key developments that have shaped the region. It’s a great way to prepare for the course!Latest Posts:


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