History of the Middle East

Course Number: HST 104
Transcript Title: History of the Middle East
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 9, 2016
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: Yes
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Prerequisites

MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121.

Course Description

Surveys the Middle East from ancient to modern times. Includes political, diplomatic, economic, social, religious and cultural themes. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Interpret and articulate an understanding of key historical facts and events in the history of the Middle East.
  2. Identify the influence of culturally based practices, values, and beliefs to analyze how historically defined meanings of difference affect human behavior.
  3. Communicate effectively using historical analysis.
  4. Identify and investigate historical theses, evaluate information and its sources, and use appropriate reasoning to construct evidence-based arguments on historical issues.
  5. Connect the past with present day events to enhance contemporary understanding and encourage civic activities.
  6. Recognize the different groups that have interacted in the Middle East in order to evaluate and appreciate their historical contributions to the modern world.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

In-depth 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)

In-depth

2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)

Not Addressed

3. Apply the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program. (Professional Competence)

In-depth

4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)

In-depth

5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Tests, research papers, discussion, quizzes, homework, group projects, and other forms of assessment all may be used for this course at the instructor's discretion.

Course Activities and Design

Lectures, discussion, group activities, service learning are some of the potential activities that instructors may use at their discretion in this course.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Competencies and Skills

  • Identify the characteristics of Middle Eastern civilization
  • Identify key political, geographical, social, economic and cultural aspects of Middle Eastern civilization
  • Appraise how civilization changed over time
  • Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources
  • Connect evidence to its relevant historical context
  • Evaluate different interpretations of past events and construct your own
  • Recognize and understand the basis for various interpretations and views of historical issues
  • Identify an historian's thesis and supporting evidence
  • Select what is important from a large body of material
  • Connect past and present

Themes, Concepts, and Issues

  • Geography and natural environment of Southwest Asia and North Africa
  • Pre-Islamic Middle East
  • Political and religious development of the Hebrews
  • Mohammed and the emergence of Islam
  • The early Caliphate and the expansion of Arab Culture
  • Umayyad and Abbasid eras
  • The evolution of Islam and Islamic civilization
  • Fatimid and Mamluk Egypt
  • Forces of fragmentation such as Shiism, Crusades, Mongols
  • Rise of the Ottoman Empire
  • Evolution and decline of the Ottoman Empire
  • The Safavid Dynasty
  • Imperialism and impact of WWI on the Middle East
  • Emergence of the modern states of the Middle East
  • Zionism and Arab Nationalism
  • Arab-Israeli conflict and the peace process
  • Oil and economic development in the twentieth century
  • Iranian Revolution and Islamism
  • United States and the Middle East
Considering such factors as:
  • Geography
  • Social hierarchy
  • Institutions
  • Political and economic structures
  • Imperial governments
  • Law
  • Cultural contributions
  • Philosophies and religions
  • Gender
  • Diversity