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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2007

MES 301K • INTRODUCTION TO THE MIDDLE EAST: RELIGIOUS & HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43085 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
WAG 101
SPELLBERG, D

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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