Middle Eastern Warfare – HIWD 376

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A survey of the military history of the Greater Middle East from Antiquity to the Present.




This course will survey from a military history perspective the changes over time within the Greater Middle East. An analysis of considerations from a biblical worldview provides the lens from which to historically assess the foundations of current American foreign policy, the continued support of Israel, and an analysis of American military involvement to the present.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain impact of the Greater Middle East’s geography on warfare from antiquity to the present.
  2. Explain conflicts between empires within the Greater Middle East.
  3. List the characteristics of Biblical Warfare from the Exodus to the Diaspora.
  4. Analyze United States involvement in the current wars of the Greater Middle East.
  5. Assess the effects of globalization upon the trade routes, resource allocations, and power dynamics shaping the modern Greater Middle East.
  6. Trace the legacy of European Imperialism into the Greater Middle East and the subsequent drawing of borders to include the creation of the modern state of Israel.
  7. Relate key characteristics of the Arab-Israeli wars from 1948 to the 1980s.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/supplementary notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will respond to prompts provided and post a thread, containing a minimum of 250 words, to the Discussion Board Forum. In addition to the thread, the student must submit 2 replies of at least 100 words to 2 classmates’ threads. These replies should ask questions and prod the thesis of the peers’ original thread.

Thematic Analysis Paper

In a 1–2-page paper in current Turabian format, the student will describe the characteristics of biblical warfare, particularly noting the unique ways of warfare employed by ancient Israel for survival between various empires.

Imperial Assessment Paper

This analysis in a 1–2-page paper in current Turabian format will argue how the relative location of the GME changed over time and yet remained remarkably relevant to powers both outside and within the region.

American/Israeli Wars in the GME Paper

The student will write a 7-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a biblical and historical assessment an explanation of the continued military successes of modern Israel since 1948, or trace and explain the expanding US military involvement in the GME since the Iran-Iraq War. The paper must include at least three scholarly references (.mil, .edu, books & journals) in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Quizzes (7)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain fifteen multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a one-hour time limit.