History of The Mid East: 600-1200

SAME AS HIST-GA 1502 & RELST-GA 1510

An overview of the political and cultural history of early Islam, from the rise of Islam through the Umayyad, Abbasid and Fatimid caliphates. The geographic range will include the territory known today as the Middle East and its imperial capitals, as well as the smaller dynasties that emerged from Central Asia to North Africa and Spain. The course begins with the context of Late Antiquity and the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad, and concludes with the emergence of Turkic states and European Crusader kingdoms in the Levant. Students will read primary sources written by Muslim religious and political elites as well as their Christian and Jewish subjects and neighbors. They will also become familiar with major historiographic debates about the rise and expansion of Islam, the institution of the caliphate, processes of Arabization and conversion, holy war, and historical memory. ***Please Note: The course will go until 5:10 (one hour less than original schedule) and have an hour asynchronous.

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Fall 2020

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Abigail Krasner Balbale
T: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM ONLI