Section Information for Fall 2010This course will provide an understanding of the history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the turn of the 20th century. Topics that will be covered include Islam during the Prophet Muhammad's lifetime, its expansion and consolidation during the period of Arab hegemony, Turkish migration and the resulting Turkic states like the Ottoman empire, and other issues that form the background to the contemporary Middle East. By the conclusion of the course, students should have a grasp of the major trends in Middle East history, as well as an appreciation for the rich and complex culture that characterizes the region.* *This course meets the University General Education Global Understanding requirement OR the CHSS Non-Western Culture requirement.
Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.