Tami JacobyFor millennia, the Middle East has been at the crossroads of global strategic significance. With the world’s largest oil deposits and long standing conflicts, the Middle East stands as a pivotal regional subsystem in world politics.

It’s also the cradle of civilization in terms of world religions and philosophies.
You can’t read a newspaper or go online and not see a story about the Middle East. It’s ever present and for Jews and non-Jews alike it affects our lives. How did it become the centre of attention and influence for so long? Professor Tami Jacoby answers the question in a brand new course being offered by the Rady JCC. It’s called Middle East Politics and in it, participants will learn the basic milestones of modern Middle East politics starting with the golden era of Islam and the life of the prophet. It covers European imperialism, nationalism, state building and the present authoritarianism. In addition, you’ll learn about Political Islam, the Arab Spring and examine questions about democracy, culture and gender equality. The presenter, Dr. Tami Amanda Jacoby is an associate professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba, where she has worked since 1998. She teaches and researches in the areas of Middle East politics, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, gender, grievance-based identity and Diaspora. Her publications include, Redefining Security in the Middle East, Women in Zones of Conflict: Power and Resistance in Israel, Bridging the Barrier: Israeli Unilateral Disengagement and A Theory of Victimhood.
Middle East Politics is a ten week course, starting Tuesday, January 19 to March 22 at 7:00 pm. It’s one of the many Adult Learning and Special Interest programs The Rady JCC offers, from The People of The Book Club and Harkada Israeli Dance nights, to languages and the Rady Wellness Series. To register, please contact the Rady JCC at (204) 477-7510 or on-line at www.radyjcc.com For more information about the course Middle East Politics, contact Debbie Figowy at 204 477-5534 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.