2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

HIST 10803 Introduction to Islamic Civilization

This course surveys the history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the end of the sixteenth century. Students will be introduced to basic aspects of the political, social, and cultural dimensions of Islamic civilization from Spain to Iran as they changed over time. Central themes include the emergence of Sunni and Shi'i identities, the relationship of Muslims and non-Muslims, and the unique material and intellectual contribution of Islamic civilization to world history and other societies. (ME)