Bradford Literature Festival | Heritage | Talk

The Making and Breaking of the Modern Middle East

6 Jul 2024

12:15 - 13:15

Midland Hotel

Renowned experts, Barnaby Rogerson and Eugene Rogan, take a deep dive into the watershed moments that helped make and, at times, break the modern Middle East.  

In his new book, The House Divided, Rogerson argues that at the heart of the Middle East’s conflicts and proxy wars is a 1,400-year-old schism between Sunni and Shia, which created a slender fault-line across the region shaping its religious, ethnic and national identities and rivalries.  

Meanwhile, Rogan’s new book, The Damascus Events, charts the outbreaks of disorder across the Levant in the crisis years of the Ottoman Empire, when increasing social tensions resulted in the massacre of thousands of Christians in the beleaguered Syrian capital.    

Join our experts as they unpick the chequered history of the modern Middle East and ask some challenging questions of a diverse region that is both incredibly culturally rich and yet fragile from the effects of empire and past and present power rivalries. 

Please note, this venue has changed from the printed programme.

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Midland Hotel

Cheapside, Bradford
BD1 4HU

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