Making Of The Modern Arab World, The

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01The Documentary2014040920140410 (WS)
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Tarek Osman uncovers the history of the Arab world, tracing the great political dreams...

Tarek Osman uncovers the history of the Arab world, tracing the great political dreams from the 19th century to the Arab Spring.

02The Documentary2014041620140417 (WS)
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Tarek Osman uncovers the history of the Arab world, tracing the great political dreams...

Tarek Osman uncovers the history of the Arab world, tracing the great political dreams from the 19th century to the Arab Spring.

03The Documentary20140423

03The Documentary2014042320140426 (WS)

Eyptian author Tarek Osman explores the rise of Islamism or political Islam. He investigates the many events from the 1970s onwards which converged to create a force that came to fill the vacuum left by Arab Nationalism.

In the third programme, Tarek examines the reasons for the re-emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and across the region, and the gradual cultural shift that changed the landscape of the Arab world. We find out how the influence of the conservative oil rich Gulf states like Saudi Arabia began to take hold in the Middle East and the three pivotal events in 1979 which boosted Islamism.

03The Documentary2014042320140424 (WS)
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Uncovering the events that gave rise to Islamism from the 1970s onwards

Eyptian author Tarek Osman explores the rise of Islamism or political Islam. He investigates the many events from the 1970s onwards which converged to create a force that came to fill the vacuum left by Arab Nationalism.

In the third programme, Tarek examines the reasons for the re-emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and across the region, and the gradual cultural shift that changed the landscape of the Arab world. We find out how the influence of the conservative oil rich Gulf states like Saudi Arabia began to take hold in the Middle East and the three pivotal events in 1979 which boosted Islamism.

04 LASTThe Documentary20140430
04 LASTThe Documentary2014043020140503 (WS)

The Arab Spring and the frustration of the lack of jobs and political freedom

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04 LASTThe Documentary2014043020140501 (WS)

Egyptian author Tarek Osman uncovers the history of the modern Arab world by tracing some of the great political dreams that have shaped it, from the 19th Century to the Arab Spring.

Throughout the series, he focuses on two countries that are currently high on the news agenda: Egypt and Syria. As Tarek discovers, these are also the states from which many of the crucial characters and ideas in this story emerged.

In this final programme, he examines the build up to the Arab Spring as two worlds collide. As the previous experiments with liberalism, nationalism and Islamism founder, the region's presidential hard men seek to consolidate their power by passing it onto their sons.

At the same time, riding the wave of a population explosion which leaves two thirds of the Arab world under 25 years old, a new generation frustrated by the lack of jobs or political freedoms rises up to challenge the old order.

Picture: Tear gas is fired by Egyptian riot police during clashes with students, Credit: Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty

04 LASTThe Documentary2014043020140501 (WS)

Tarek Osman uncovers the history of the Arab world, tracing the great political dreams...

Tarek Osman uncovers the history of the Arab world, tracing the great political dreams from the 19th century to the Arab Spring.