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HIST 296  The Making of the Muslim Middle East (550-1350 C.E.)  Units: 3.00  
This course examines a formative period of Islamic society: the transformations of the late antique Near East to the Muslim Middle East. The course covers the period of the rise of Islam to the consequences of the Mongol conquests. It surveys the social, political, cultural and religious history of a civilization spanning Spain to Central Asia.
Learning Hours: 120 (36 Lecture, 84 Private Study)  
Requirements: Prerequisite Level 2 or above. Exclusion HIST 305/6.0.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Acquire an in-depth study of the forces, traditions, and institutions that shaped the Muslim Middle East from the sixth through the fifteenth century.
  2. Situate some of the religious, cultural, and ideological forms and practices that people regard as Islamic in historical context.
  3. Explore the complexity of Islamicate societies and the developments and interactions between Islamicate societies and other societies through time to de-center a Eurocentric perspective on global history.
  4. Engage with historiographical debates concerning this period and re-evaluate critically common misconceptions about the history and religious cultures of the pre-modern Islamic world.
  5. Fine tune your critical thinking, through document analysis and sound argumentation, in short written papers.
  6. Hone your analysis skills through a variety of primary sources: including narrative and non-narrative written sources and support synthetic historical arguments with evidence in written essays.