Jennifer R Webster
Introduction to the early modern period in the Middle East, including an exploration of the political, economic, and cultural dominance of the Ottoman Empire and Safavid Iran. Explores the political and social dynamics and economic transformations of the two empires. Offered: A.
This course is an introduction to the history of the early modern Middle East. It will explore the political, social, and cultural history of the Ottoman Empire and Safavid Iran. Topics will include administration and diplomacy; social and economic structures; religious communities; and art, architecture, and material culture.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture and class discussion.
No prerequisites. Previous coursework in history of the Near East / Middle East or regional languages may be useful.
Class assignments and grading
Exams (including map quiz); short writing assignments; one longer writing assignment or presentation.