Eugene Rogan Examines the Middle East through Arab Eyes

Eugene Rogan, Director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College at Oxford University, examines “The History of the Middle East through Arab Eyes” as the weekly history seminar jointly co-sponsored by the National History Center and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

The Arabs in the past five centuries have had much in common with others around the globe.  Nationalism, imperialism, revolution, industrialitzation, rural-urban migration, the struggle for women’s rights–all the great themes of human history in the modern age have played out in the Arab world. Westerners would have a different understanding of their own history were they to see it through the eyes of Arab men and women who described the times in which they lived.

Professor Rogan is an American who spent the 1970s in Beirut and Cairo before returning to the United States for graduate school.  He studied economics at Columbia and Middle Eastern history at Harvard, where he completed his doctorate in 1991. He has taught the modern history of the Middle East at Oxford since 1991.  His latest book is The Arabs: A History, published in 2009.

Video is available for this seminar.

This seminar took place on March 8, 2010 and is a part of a series that promotes a discussion of ongoing and significant historical research and its relation to national and international affairs. Click here to see a complete listing of the schedule of speakers and topics, as well as videos of the presentations.