Middle East Explained

middleeastexplained The Middle East Explained is a video series aimed to launch students on to new Middle East-related topics, inspire creative thinking, and encourage discussion.

  • Videos are just 5-10 minutes long and are accompanied by a discussion framework for use in middle and high school classrooms.
  • Video content is consistent with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and/or current news items.
  • Videos feature Duke and UNC academics.


The Historical Roots of the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Dr. miriam cooke, Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University, provides the historical context key to understanding why so many Syrians have fled their homes.
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR2laJSOLGw&list=PLSdIeNHvfGHOtitmAtuBzkfsedc18vDP3&index=1
Click here to download the: Teacher’s Guide | Student Viewing Guide


***more videos in the series coming soon!