Introduction to the History of the Islamic Middle East
This course is a survey of the histories and cultures of the Islamic Middle East, starting in the era before the advent of Islam in the 7th century until the eve of the 20th century. This class will begin with the regional and global contexts in which Islam emerged, examining the history of the Prophet Muhammad, the Qur'anic revelation, and the first community of believers. We will then look at the expansion of the "abode of Islam" over the course of several centuries, asking why so many people in so many different regions converted to Islam. We will also study philosophical, cultural, legal, political, and social trends in region now known as the Middle East and North Africa until the era of early European colonialism. Dist: INT or SOC; WCult: NW.
Major distributives (Class of 2023 and Before): AALAC, pre-1700/pre-1800.
Major distributives (Class of 2024 and Beyond): Middle East (ME), premodern.