Melton & More



Date & Time

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM (EST) October 13th - November 3rd

The shift in these relationships is a real revolution, but one which for the most part is taking place beneath the surface. 


Course Description:

This course will explore the developing quiet collaboration between Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain, and (surprise!) Israel in opposition to Iran and Turkeys desire to resurrect their respective empires as well as the continuing conflict between Sunni nations and both Shi’a and Islamic Brotherhood threats.

Session 1: Overview:  Who are the players and what are the points of conflict in the Middle East?
Session 2: Turkey and the Return of the Ottoman Empire
Session 3: Iran, the Shi'a Crescent, and the Return of the Persian Islamic Empire
Session 4: The Opposition--The Abrahamic Accords Nations and Greece and Cyprus


Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM (EST)

Dates: Oct. 13, 20, 27; Nov. 3

About the Instructor:

Dr. Samuel Edelman has served as the first executive director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. Currently he is one of the founding faculty members of the new Academic Council for Israel, and its executive director, and a member of the Academic Engagement Network (AEN).  Edelman is  an Academic Fellow and an adjunct professor of Israel Studies and Zionism of the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami and a lecturer at Florida Atlantic University LifeLong Learning Society and for the Miami-Dade CAJE. He is the former Director of the Israel on Campus Coalition Academic Affairs Department and the National Academic Network and its Fellows Program.  He is also an emeritus professor of Jewish, Israel and Holocaust Studies as well as Rhetoric and Communication Studies. In addition to being one of the key academics fighting against BDS on campuses and in academic professional organizations, he continues to lecture and teach on subjects such as Anti-Semitism, Genocide, Holocaust and resistance, the Arab Israeli conflict, Zionism, the Arab Spring, The Changing Map of the Middle East, Jewish Peoplehood, the history of Israel and more. Edelman is also the co-director of the California State Center of Excellence in Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights and Tolerance Education. Edelman is currently completing a new book entitled the Age of Hate with his wife and colleague, Prof. Carol Edelman.