this morning (tuesday 17th), 9.00-9.45am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated in a shortened version this evening at 9.30-10.00pm)
the making of the modern arab world (episode 2 of 4)
starts by focusing on the 1948 war against israel (including a contribution from professor itamar rabinovich), and the consequent overthrow of the egyptian monarchy by nasser, who later dominated syria in the united arab republic, and saw israel as a strategic threat
“Egyptian author Tarek Osman traces the ideas that have shaped the modern Arab world, focussing on Egypt and Syria.
Today, he explores the rise and fall of Arab nationalism.”
(if you missed it, available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03lpfwk)