The first edition of the World Cup to be held in the Middle East begins on November 20th. As football fans from all over the world will be keeping an eye on Qatar, the event will be an unprecedented opportunity to get to know this country of Arab and Islamic culture that is still little studied – historians of the region tend to privilege places such as Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine, cornering the Gulf.
For those who want to prepare to go beyond the ball and the goal, Gepom (Middle East Studies Group) is offering a virtual mini-course on Qatar. There will be two classes – on October 24th and 31st – from 7pm to 8:30pm with professors Muna Omran and Andrew Traumann through the Zoom video platform. The prices to participate range from R$ 130 to R$ 200, values that can be paid in up to 12 installments.
Gepom’s course should address the country’s history, the role of oil in its enrichment, its political intricacies and, after all, how all this mixes with football. This context is essential to better understand all the controversies surrounding the Qatar Cup, which took place amid allegations of corruption and abuse of immigrant labor – which cannot be left out of the agenda. For registration and more information, it is necessary to write to firstname.lastname@example.org.