Minor in Middle East Studies - Medieval Islamic Civilization RELS 2503   Medieval Islamic Civilization
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course will introduce students to the Perso-Levantine world at the time of Muhammad's prophecy in the 7th century, and how the Arabian Peninsula was impacted by the creation and emergence of an Islamic society in Medina and Mecca. With the displacing of Byzantine control in the Holy Land and the collapse of the Sasanian Empire in Persia, the Arab-centric society of Mecca and Medina had become an empire of unprecedented size and ethnic complexity. The course will examine the respective Umayyad and Abbasid Dynasties, as well as the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals. The central theme of this course will be an examination of the Islamic surrounding traditions and cultures in the Mediterranean, the Iranian Plateau, the Caucasus, the Steppe, India, and Southeast Asia. Another important theme will be the study of how various Islamic societies understood and resolved the age-old dynamic between tribal nomadism and hierarchical urbanism.
FORMAT: Lecture
CROSS-LISTING: HIST 2503.03
EXCLUSIONS: first year students and HIST 2501.03