Still need a class for the fall semester? "Introduction to Sikhism" and "Regional & Global Power Rivalry in the Middle East" are open

TNDY 405P 1414 1 Regional & Global Power Rivalry in the Middle East


As early as 1919 President Woodrow Wilson dispatched a theologian named Mr. Henry King and Mr. Charles Kane on a mission ''to sort out the the Middle East and figure out how the region's residents wanted to be governed in view of the Sykes-Pecot secret Agreement which was drafted in secrecy in 1916 between Britain and France to divide the Ottoman Empire. The King-Krane Report concluded that "lumping diverse ethnic or religious groups together in larger states could lead to bloody results".(King-Krane Report 1919). Apparently the report was predicting the regional conflicts that made the Middle East region volatile and unstable. No wonder many scholars argue that World War I was not only a war of unprecedented devastation with global ramifications that reshaped world politics -for ever- in light of its impact on the Middle East region which became the center of rivalry between global powers because of its strategic significance and oil wealth. In an article written by Walter Russell Mead, entitled "'The Return of Geopolitics", the scholar emphasizes that the year 2014 has been a tumultuous one, as geopolitical rivalries USA, RUSSIA, and CHINA have stormed back to center stage in the Middle East region to balance their priorities at a time when the region is being remapped. Deeper understanding of the impact of power rivalry in the Middle East necessitates analyzing the major factors that have overarching impact on the struggles and conflicts such as: religion, culture, ethnic groups and impact of history on the people living in the region. Simulation exercise will be held to familiarize the students with skills of negotiations and conflict resolution.


Introduction to Sikhism
Fall Semester
Tuesday 6:30 - 9:20 pm
First class begins on August 30, 2016 at Claremont School of Theology
Faculty: Dr. Sandeep Singh Dhillon
The class syllabus will cover a period of more than 500 years beginning from the founder of Sikh Religion Guru Nanak to the contemporary times. It will cover the spiritual aspect, the experience of God, and how one can have it, the path shown by Sikhism to have the experience of God. The stages of spiritual progress. The social and political responsibilities of a religious person to work to ensure equality and justice for all. The history of the struggles the Sikh community has gone through since Sikh religion came into being. Finally describing the contemporary Sikh situation both in Punjab, the land where Sikh Religion originated, and in the diaspora.
The course will open a new window for the students and will help them to look at things from a different perspective as they will come to know about Sikh Religion and culture.