The Middle East (the Arab countries, Israel, Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan) from the emergence of Islam in AD 622 to the present: culture, economics, politics.
This course is an introduction to fourteen centuries of Middle Eastern history. Case studies of significant historical moments and of manifestations of material culture and art form the backbone of the course.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures and classroom discussions.
Class assignments and grading
Approximately 50 pages of reading per week; regular attendance at lectures; one short paper (ca. 5 pages). Additional assignments will be outlined in the course syllabus.
Grading percentages: quiz #1 (map quiz): 5%, quiz #2: 5%, midterm exam 20%, final exam 35%, paper 35%.