Who Drew the Middle East Map?


Who drew the Middle East map? FIU to host expert on the region's conflicts

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Since 2003, national borders of the Middle East have been crumbling under conflicts among tribal, ethnic and religious groups. The roots of the discord go back several generations—and were caused by European nations.

Professor Sam Edelman will make that point in an upcoming lecture at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. Titled "The Impact of the Changing Map of the Middle East 100 Years After World War I," the talk will start at 7 p.m. Oct. 13.

He traces the current erosion of borders to colonial efforts, like an agreement that divided the Middle East between France and Britain after World War I. Edelman will discuss what the region might look like in coming decades as Syria and Iraq continue to fall apart. He will also suggest implications of this shifting map for Israel.

Professor Sam Edelman is director of academic engagement for the Israel on Campus Coalition, a national network of students, faculty and professionals. He is also a professor emeritus of Jewish, Israel and Holocaust studies at California State University in Chico. He continues to teach, lecture and write on subjects such as anti-Semitism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Zionism and the Arab Spring.

His talk is part of the "Mondays at the Museum" series. All the Monday events are $10 for the public, $5 for museum members, free for students with ID.

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is at 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. For tickets or information, e-mail the museum at info@jewishmuseum.com or call 786-972-3175.