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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.

DESCRIPTION: A study of religious, political, and economic developments of the Middle East since about 600 AD to the present.
TAUGHT: Summer 2004, Winter 2005, Fall, 2005
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Students will learn the geography, culture, civilization, history and politics of the Middle East from 600 AD to the present. 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.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Explore selected historical themes in the history of the Middle East since 600 AD.
Read and understand key relevant historical documents, including the Balfour Declaration, and UN Resolutions on the Middle East.
Be introduced to key interpretive models used by historians to understand the history of the Middle East.
Use interpretive tools-including the concepts of economic development and underdevelopment, religious, and cultural diversity in the Middle East.
Develop critical thinking skills in order to effectively weigh and use the above-mentioned tools and models.
Develop communication skills in order to effectively communicate learned material.
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 AmHer 170, 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