In January of 2011 we saw the Middle East explode into the Arab Spring, including a civil war in Syria and a blitzkrieg attack of Iraq by ISIS in June of 2014. ISIS has been soundly defeated in both Iraq and Syria but has not been totally removed as a threat to the world. How did ISIS arise? Why do the Muslims in the Middle East hate the west? This course will identify and discuss the significant events in history that supported the evolution of the ultra-radical ISIS Islamic sect and the unrest we see in Syria and the rest of the Middle East.