|Two Map Quizzes||5%|
Lectures: 3 sessions / week, 1 hour / session
The following syllabi come from a variety of different terms. They illustrate the evolution of this course over time, and are intended to provide alternate views into the instruction of this course.
Fall 2009, Bedross Der Matossian (PDF)
Fall 2008, Bedross Der Matossian (PDF)
Fall 2006, Mériam Belli (PDF)
Topics covered in this course are available in the calendar below.
This course aims to provide students with a general overview of basic themes and issues in Middle Eastern history from the rise of Islam to the present, with an emphasis on the encounters and exchanges between the "Middle East" (Southwest Asia and North Africa) and the "West" (Europe and the United States).
First, we will examine the period which stretches from the 7th century (C.E.) to the end of the Abbasid Empire under the Mongol invasions of the 13th century. This saw the emergence of a new religion, Islam, the Christianization of Europe, and the flourishing of a Mediterranean world and culture. Second, we will study the period—between the 13th and the 17th century—characterized by the height of Ottoman territorial expansion, the flourishing of Northern European powers, European ventures into Asia, and the conquest of the Americas, which all redefined the physical and intellectual boundaries of both "East" and "West." Finally, we will analyze European intrusion into, competition with, and colonization of Middle Eastern societies after the 18th century—typified by Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798—and Middle Eastern responses to Western hegemony and to the new social, economic, and political developments of the 20th century.
|Two Map Quizzes||5%|
While regular attendance is required, I expect you to demonstrate that you have read and critically analyzed the material in preparation for lectures and class discussions.
During discussions, students will:
Lapidus, Ira M. A History of Islamic Societies. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780521779333.
An elaborate and extensive history that includes Sub-Saharan Africa and Far East Asia, from the incipience of Islam to the 20th century.
|SES #||TOPICS||KEY DATES|
|1-2||Introduction||No reaction paper due in Ses #2|
|3-5||Overview, "Islamic Civilization"|| |
Map quiz in Ses #5
Students choose a week to lead class discussion
|6-8||Islam in Europe: Andalusia|
|9-10||Europeans in Islamdom: The Crusades|| |
Short essay due in Ses #9
Critical reading review due two days after Ses #10
|11-12||Europe and the Middle East: A Shared Renaissance|
|13-14||Early Modern Age: The House of Osman and the Expansion of the West|
|15-17||The Middle East in the Age of Napoleon's Invasion|
|18-20||Islam and the Middle East in European Thought|
|21-23||Ethnic Representations in the Nationalist Age|
|24-25||When Turkey Went West: From Tanzimat to Atatürk|
|26-28||Resistance and Independence|
|29-30||Migrations||First draft of final essay due in Ses #30|
|31-33||Islamic Revolution, Terrorism, and Us|
|34-36||Final Essays and Oral Presentations|| |
Final essay due in Ses #34
Oral presentations of final essay in Ses #34, #35, and #36
Final exam and map quiz 11 days after Ses #36