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Jennifer R Webster
HIST 361
Seattle Campus

Middle Eastern History, 1453-1800

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


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 Jennifer R Webster
Date: 04/18/2013