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Fall 2015-2016
* NES 245 / HIS 245 / MED 245 (HA)   na, npdf

The Islamic World from its Emergence to the Beginnings of Westernization

Michael A. Cook

Begins with the formation of the traditional Islamic world in the 7th century and ends with the first signs of its transformation under Western impact in the 18th century. The core of the course is the history of state formation in the Middle East, but other regions and themes make significant appearances. The course can stand on its own or serve as background to the study of the modern Islamic world.

Sample reading list:
Koran,
Ibn Khaldun, Muqaddimah
Jahiz, Epistle on Singing-girls
Biruni, India
Ibn Battuta, Travels
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Letters

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading: About 75 pages per week (close reading). Writing: Two four-page papers and a final exam. There will also be minor writing assignments in weeks when no paper is due.

Requirements/Grading:
Final Exam - 25%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20227 S01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   Bowen Hall   420   Enrolled:18 Limit:25