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Florian Schwarz
HIST 161
Seattle Campus

Survey of the Muslim Near East

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

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%.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Florian Schwarz
Date: 02/21/2006