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Reply To: How did this course shape or change your perceptions of the modern Near East as a whole?

Michael Caplan

Hello Abigail,

I appreciate your comments because they reflect a rare viewpoint among engaged American Christians who tend to silo easily and generalize everything to do with the Near East. We have to recognize the complexity of Israel and the Near East as having both theological, political, and historical realities. This course aided me in recognizing that the Israeli-Arab military conflict remains one locus in a wider patina of armed conflict among states, paramilitaries, and ethnic groups.