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

Sharon Silzell


HIS 306N • Introduction To The Crusades

38374 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm JES A303A
(also listed as MES 310 )
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This course introduces students to the history of the crusades to the Middle East between 1095 and 1291.  By examining a variety of European and Arabic sources produced during and after the conflicts, students will gain a greater understanding of the role played by the crusades in the histories and memories of both Christian and Muslim societies.  By the end of the semester, the successful student will understand what the crusades meant to European participants, both men and women, and how these conflicts impacted societies in the Middle East.  Additionally, students will have gained the tools necessary to identify the continuing legacies of these medieval wars in the modern world.

Reading List


Cobb, Paul M. The Race for Paradise: An Islamic History of the Crusades. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Ibn Munqidh, Usama. The Book of Contemplation: Islam and the Crusades. Translated by Paul M. Cobb. New York: Penguin, 2008.

Bulliet, Richard. The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.

Riley-Smith, Jonathan. The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008.


Two essays will count for 40% of the semester grade and three exams will count for 60% of the grade.

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