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HLS/HIS 261—History of the Middle East--Online
Spring Semester 2013
Course Syllabus and General Information
Course Description: The History of the Middle East course will explore processes of change and broad continuities in Middle Eastern history, demonstrating how change and continuity have influenced the region from the era immediately preceding the Prophet Muhammad to the present day. The course is designed to give students an appreciation of the way that Middle Eastern societies have been shaped in the following topical areas: the geography and pre-Islamic history of the Middle East; the rise and expansion of Islam; medieval Muslim society and culture; the rise, decline, and collapse of the Ottoman Empire; the impact of the West on Middle Eastern politics and society; the rise of nationalism in the Middle East; the Arab-Israeli conflict and the peace process; and the emergence of modern revolutionary movements, resurgence of Islam, and Middle East today.
Semester/Session:Spring Semester 2013: January 23 – May 19, 2013. HLS/HIS 261, Section 875, meets online.
Professor:Joseph T. Stanik
firstname.lastname@example.org (Please use the ANGEL email system for course-related correspondence.)
Office Hours:Contact the instructor to schedule a date and time and arrange a location.
Required Course Texts:
• Arthur Goldschmidt and Lawrence Davidson, A Concise History of the Middle East (10th ed.), Westview Press, ISBN 9780813348216. (Abbreviated “GD” in the course schedule.)* • Marvin E. Gettleman & Stuart Schaar (rev. ed.), The Middle East and Islamic World Reader, Grove Press, ISBN 139780802145772. (GS)* *Note: These two textbooks are on reserve in the AACC library. They can also be purchased as e-books. Please be aware that the pagination for the reading assignments listed in the course syllabus and on each unit page is based on the pagination in the printed version of each textbook and may not match the pagination in the e-book versions. • National Geographic Atlas of the Middle East (2nd ed.), National Geographic, ISBN 9781426202216. (A) • Supplemental Readings (SR) provided by the instructor. • Online lectures, PowerPoint presentations, DVD excerpts, and links provided by the instructor. Recommended Course Text:
• John Esposito, Islam, the Straight Path (4th ed.), Oxford University Press, ISBN 0195396006. (E)
|Units of Instruction: |Weeks of Instruction: | |0.0 Getting Started |0.86 (6 Days) | |1.0 The Geography of the Middle East |0.86 (6 Days) | |2.0 The Emergence of Islam |1.0 | |3.0 The High Caliphate |1.0 | |4.0 Medieval Muslim Civilization |1.0 | |5.0 The Rise of the Ottoman and Safavid Dynasties |1.0 | |6.0 The Rise of Western Influence in the Middle East |1.0 | |7.0 The Emergence of Nationalism in the Middle East |1.0 | |8.0 The Middle East between the Two World Wars |1.0...