MES 301K • Intro to Middle East: Religion/Cult/Hst
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
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.
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.