NE2040-Syllabus-Fall 2010

NE2040-Syllabus-Fall 2010 - Classical & Modern Languages,...

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NE 2040/HS 1810: Sec. 001/CRN13227 Modern Middle East History: Fall 2010 134 State Hall, M/W 11:45am – 1:10pm Saeed A. Khan phone: (313) 577-3016 437.1 Manoogian Hall e-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: M, W: 3:00pm- 4:00pm or by appointment Purpose: The purposes of this course are to introduce and survey the era when Muslim states emerged on the historical scene in the seventh century and to trace their development and path from that date to the height of Islamic culture and expansion in the fifteenth century. By the fifteenth century this civilization had adherents and states in many regions of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Although our concentration will be the heartland of Islam in the Middle East and its history, we will also briefly follow its growth and unique cultural and social legacy in other geographical areas. In order to fulfill these purposes, it is important to first understand the tradition of Islam in its role as the major moving spirit behind the growth and spread of the Islamic Empire, namely its role in the successful cohesion of vast territories together with their cultural heterogeneity. One section of the course, therefore, will be devoted to the study of Islam as a way of life, a belief structure, an intellectual environment, and a mode of social interaction. We will next examine the emergence of Islam on the world scene starting in Arabia in the 7th century and survey its growth, struggle, triumphs and difficulties during its process of expansion. And finally, the various Muslim dynasties will be analyzed with the purpose of understanding their historical and socio-economic dimensions of their development, success and failure. This is the second part of three Near East/History courses - 2030/1800, 2040/1810 and 3040/3320 – when taken in total would cover the history of the Middle East until our contemporary period. Evaluation:
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2012 for the course HIS 2050 taught by Professor Khan during the Fall '10 term at Wayne State University.

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