MES 301K • INTRODUCTION TO THE MIDDLE EAST: RELIGIOUS & HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
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.
3 exams 25% each 1 paper 25%
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.