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History of the Middle East

Course Number: HST 104
Transcript Title: History of the Middle East
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: Yes
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit

Prerequisites

WR 115, RD 115, MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Surveys the Middle East from ancient to modern times. Includes political, diplomatic, economic, social, religious and cultural themes. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion students will be able to:

  1. Articulate an understanding of the key events in the history of the Middle East and use critical thinking to evaluate historical changes and their impact on Middle Eastern civilizations.
  2. Identify and assess how culturally grounded assumptions have influenced the perceptions and behaviors of and about peoples in the Middle East.
  3. Communicate effectively using historical analysis.
  4. Connect the past with the present to enhance citizenship skills.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assess by using any combination of the following:

  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Oral presentations
  • Research projects
  • Service-learning projects
  • Class participation and discussion
  • Other creative assignments

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

This course will cover aspects of:

  • Geography and natural environment of Southwest Asia and North Africa
  • Pre-Islamic Middle East
  • Political and religious development of the Hebrews
  • Mohammed and the emergence of Islam
  • The early Caliphate and the expansion of Arab Culture
  • Umayyad and Abbasid eras
  • The evolution of Islam and Islamic civilization
  • Fatimid and Mamluk Egypt
  • Forces of fragmentation such as Shiism, Crusades, Mongols
  • Rise of the Ottoman Empire
  • Evolution and decline of the Ottoman Empire
  • The Safavid Dynasty
  • Imperialism and impact of WWI on the Middle East
  • Emergence of the modern states of the Middle East
  • Zionism and Arab Nationalism
  • Arab-Israeli conflict and the peace process
  • Oil and economic development in the twentieth century
  • Iranian Revolution and Islamism
  • United States and the Middle East

Considering such factors as:

  • Geography
  • Social hierarchy
  • Institutions
  • Political and economic structures
  • Law
  • Cultural contributions
  • Philosophies and religions
  • Gender
  • Diversity