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

Fall 2008

MES 301K • Intro to Middle East: Religion/Cult/Hst

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42518 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
BUR 112

Course Description

Ottoman and Safavid dynasties. Emphasis on 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 and 1 paper - 25%.


1. Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair. ISLAM: A THOUSAND YEARS OF FAITH AND POWER. 2. Amitav Ghosh. IN AN ANTIQUE LAND: HISTORY IN THE GUISE OF A TRAVELER'S TALE. 3. D. A. Spellberg. POLITICS, GENDER, AND THE ISLAMIC PAST: THE LEGACY OF `A'ISHA BINT ABI BAKR. 4. John A. Williams. THE WORD OF ISLAM. 5. Packet of primary historical source readings.


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