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Alan Tully, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2003

HIS 306K • Intro Mid East: Rel/Cul/Hist Fnd

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36155 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
UTC 3.112
Spellberg

Course Description

An introduction to the impact of Islamic civilization in the Middle East from its inception to the rise of the Ottoman and Safavid dynasties. Emphasis on the the political, social, and cultural contributions that transformed the medieval world from Spain to Iran. The course traces the varied, sophisticated, and complex nature of past Muslim societies with attention to their unique intellectual contributions within and beyond the Middle East, past and present.

Grading Policy

3 exams @25% each 1 paper @25%

Texts

Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair. ISLAM: A THOUSAND YEARS OF FAITH AND POWER. Amitav Ghosh. IN AN ANTIQUE LAND: HISTORY IN THE GUISE OF A TRAVELER'S TALE. D. A. Spellberg. POLITICS, GENDER, AND THE ISLAMIC PAST: THE LEGACY OF `A'ISHA BINT ABI BAKR. John A. Williams. THE WORD OF ISLAM. Packet of primary historical source readings.

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