Jason Tatlock

History Professor Edits New Book on the Middle East

(September 19, 2012) Jason Tatlock, assistant professor of history at Armstrong, recently edited “The Middle East: Its History and Culture,” a landmark new book published by the University Press of Maryland.

Written primarily by University System of Georgia (USG) scholars, the book is a collaborative effort by the Middle East Council, a USG organization devoted to international education. "The Middle East: Its History and Culture" will assist college professors with introducing Middle Eastern history and culture into their classes and will serve as a valuable scholarly resource.

The new book explores Middle Eastern culture and affairs from the tenth century B.C.E. to the present day, examining important issues such as religiously motivated violence, perceptions of Arab and Muslim women, dictatorships and democracy. The book includes chapters on the rise and expansion of Islam, the Ottoman Empire, the Iranian Revolution and the Arab Spring.

“One advantage of an edited book is that it draws on the expertise of many individuals, which is particularly important given the breadth of the subject matter addressed,” Tatlock explained. “The work is timely and contemporary.”

Armstrong history professor Michael R. Hall and retired geography professor Thomas F. Howard also contributed to the book. Hall wrote a chapter about British and French imperialism, while Howard penned a chapter about Persians and Turks in Central Asia.

Tatlock earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan. He also has an M.A. in Ancient History of Syro-Palestine from Jerusalem University College and a Bachelor of Theology from Prairie Bible College.

His research interests include the prehistoric Mediterranean world to the contemporary Middle East as well as human sacrifice and human rights. At Armstrong, he teaches a range of courses including Civilization I: Ancient Cultures, Civilization II: Modern Cultures, History of the Middle East and Introduction to World Religions.