Surveys intellectual, cultural, social, economic, and religious patterns in the civilizations of the Middle East. Covers Semitic, Indo-European, and Turkic-speaking peoples from pre-Islamic to the present. HIS 251 begins in pre-Islamic Arabia and concludes with the decline of the Ottomans. HIS 252 begins with the reforms in the Ottoman Empire and continues to the present. Lecture 3 hours a week.
GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE
Investigates social, political, religious and cultural institutions of the Middle Eastern states past and present. Designed to provide a wide range of course experiences to meet the needs of the NVCC student population.
2. Examine the origins and evolution of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam from a Middle Eastern perspective.
3. Provide students an opportunity to complete an independent study project.
4. Foster interdisciplinary and critical thinking.
2. Pre-Islamic Arabia
3. Life and teachings of Muhammad
4. Early Muslim conquests
5. Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates
6. Decline of the Arab world
7. Evolution of the Turkic-speaking peoples
8. Seljuk empire
10. Mongol invasion
11. Mongol empires
12. Rise and decline of the Ottomans
2. Greek rebellion
4. Young Ottomans
5. Young Turks
6. World War I in the Middle East
7. Nationalist movements and decolonization
8. Rise of republican Turkey
9. Iran since World War I
10. Zionism and the creation of Israel
11. Political and economic changes in the North African states, Syria, and Iraq
12. Americans in the Middle East