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SOAS scholars shape BBC Radio 4 series on Making of the Modern Arab World

9 January 2014

SOAS scholars from across the Department of Politics and International Studies and the Department of Development Studies contributed to BBC Radio 4’s four-part series on ‘The Making of the Modern Arab World’.

The programme aims to uncover the history of the modern Arab world. Professor Laleh Khalili, author of Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies; Professor Charles Tripp, author of The Power and the People: paths of resistance in the Middle East and Professor Gilbert Achcar, author of The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising, helped to develop and create the programme through their contributions.

Presented by Egyptian author Tarek Osman, ‘The Making of the Modern Arab World’ traces some of the political dreams that have shaped the region from the nineteenth century to the Arab Spring. Osman focuses on two countries that are currently high on the news agenda: Egypt and Syria.

The first episode discovers Egypt’s early nineteenth century encounters with Europe; the second explores the rise and fall of Arab nationalism; the third covers the rise of Islamism and the fourth examines the build up to the Arab Spring.

‘The Making of the Modern Arab World’ was broadcast last month and is now available on BBC iPlayer Radio. Listen to the programme now.