Not too easy. Not too difficult.
It provides incredible insight into the historical groundwork for why the Middle East is the way it is today – gave me a comprehensive understanding of the 20th century political phenomena that entangled both America and various Middle Eastern countries.
The political discourse of my generation has been entirely shaped by the events succeeding the September 11, 2001 terror attacks by Al Qaeda. One thing Juan Cole did was explain the historical events which led to the formation of that terror group – he taught us the complicated historical groundwork which played into the shaping of American foreign policy in the Middle East, and how and why the US is still, 16 years later, entangled in the complicated politics of that region.
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Advice for students:
Don't fall behind on reading - like any history course, reading was upwards of a few hundred pages per week, and lectures weren't online, so staying on top of the syllabus work was crucial.