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Humanities of the Islamic World
HUM OF ISLAM
CLASS CODE: HUM 342 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: LANGUAGE & LETTERS
DEPARTMENT: HUMANITIES & PHILOSOPHY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Survey of Islamic civilization including fundamental Islamic beliefs, historical development, art, architecture, music, literature and science. Students discover the cultural roots of current conflicts between Islam and the West.
TAUGHT: Fall, Winter
CONTENT AND TOPICS: This course traces the development of Islamic civilization from the birth of Muhammad to the modern age. Beyond a mere review of major historical events, the course identifies the philosophies and values that led to or were influenced by these events, including the basic tenants of Islam.
Included in readings, lectures, and class discussions are the folling topics: Pre-Islamic Bedouin tribal culture, Muhammad and the advent of Islam, Islamic beliefs and practices, formation of an Islamic Empire,
introduction to Islamic art, architecture, music and literature, overview of Islamic contributions in science and medicine, summary of the art and contributions of Moorish Spain, Safavid Persia (Iran), Ottoman Turkey, and Mughal India, European colonialism in Muslim lands, the formation of the modern Middle East, Islamic fundamentalism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, other recent conflicts in the Middle East (Islamic revolution in Iran, Iran-Iraq War, Lebanese Civil War, Gulf War, gender issues involving Muslims.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Discover the cultural roots of current conflicts between Islam and the West.
Identify the philosophies and values that led to or were influenced by historical events, including the basic tenets of Islam.
Discover how Islam, mingling with the tribal cultures of Arabia and central Asia, produced significant and unique forms of literature, architecture, paintings, and music which
spread thought the Islamic world.
Recognize significant Muslim contributions to world culture.
REQUIREMENTS: Written Exams
Presentations
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002