Lecture Tangier Global Forum Lecture Series
History has always served to inspire the Arab peoples. Yet in the twenty-first century, Arab citizens in the Middle East and North Africa have confronted a growing pessimism that the future is unlikely to be an improvement over the past. Over-population, under-education, economic stagnation, food and water scarcity, and repressive governments combined to generate a widespread malaise. This belief played an important part in mobilizing citizen action in the 2011 Arab uprisings, and has been reinforced by the collapse of order that has followed the fall of authoritarian regimes in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Yemen, and the breakdown of state control in Syria and Iraq. This lecture will examine the current malaise in the Arab world and examine what experiences in modern history might serve as the basis for a better future.
Eugene Rogan is Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Oxford and Director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford. He received his B.A. in economics from Columbia, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Middle Eastern history from Harvard. He taught at Boston College and Sarah Lawrence College before taking up his post in Oxford in 1991. He is author of The Arabs: A History (Penguin and Basic Books, 2009), which was named one of the best books of 2009 by The Economist, The Financial Times, and The Atlantic Monthly. His new book, The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East (Penguin and Basic Books), was published in 2015. His works have been translated into 15 languages.
His earlier works include Frontiers of the State in the Late Ottoman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 1999), for which he received the Albert Hourani Book Award of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the Fuad Köprülü Prize of the Turkish Studies Association; The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948 (Cambridge University Press, 2001, second edition 2007, with Avi Shlaim); and Outside In: On the Margins of the Modern Middle East (I.B. Tauris, 2002).