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The Middle East
MIDDLE EAST
CLASS CODE: HIST 325 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: LANGUAGE & LETTERS
DEPARTMENT: HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, POLITICAL SCIENCE
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: A study of religious, political and economic developments of the Middle East since about 600 AD. Topics include: Islamic civilization, Muslim empires, European colonialism, Political Zionism, the State of Israel and the socio-economic basis of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Students will have the opportunity to debate topics of current interest, such as Islamic fundamentalism, women and Islam, the role of the USA in the Middle East, etc.
DESCRIPTION: A study of religious, political and economic developments of the Middle East since about 600 AD. Topics include: Islamic civilization, Muslim empires, European colonialism, Political Zionism, the State of Israel and the socio-economic basis of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Students will have the opportunity to debate topics of current interest, such as Islamic fundamentalism, women and Islam, the role of the USA in the Middle East, etc.
TOPICS: Islamic civilization, Muslim empires, European colonialism, Political Zionism, the State of Israel and modern military conflicts.
OBJECTIVES: Students will learn the geography, culture, civilization, history and politics of the Middle East from 600 AD to the present.
REQUIREMENTS: Students will be required to read 1,000+ pages, write a 10 page paper, give an oral presentation using Power Point, and know the basic work of about 25 significant scholars in the field.
PREREQUISITES: No prerequisites, but students are strongly encouraged to have completed Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300-level courses will be expected to know how to research, write and document a basic historical essay.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001