(Offered as HIST 190 [ME/TEP] and ASLC 126) This course surveys the history of the Middle East from the outset of the Islamic period to the beginning of the modern period. It is divided into the following segments: the formative period of Islam, the classical caliphates, the classical courts, the Mongols, and the great empires of the Ottomans and the Safavids. The course is organized chronologically and follows the making and breaking of empires and political centers; however, the focus of the course is on the intellectual, social, cultural and religious developments in these periods. Two class meetings per week.
The course is designed to have substantial preparation (online readings and occassionally powerpoint lectures) done in preparation for class sessions which will be devoted entirely to discussion. All readings are available online. Discussion will be in-person and online, depending on student needs and College stipulations. There are frequent response papers due, but no formal papers - the course is writting intensive, but not writing attentive. This course is an introduction to Middle Eastern history and anticipates no prior knowledge.
Enrollment limited to 18 students. Fall Semester. Professor Ringer.
If Overenrolled: discretion of instructor
Attention to Writing, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English