The Making of The Muslim Middle East, 600 - 1400

SAME AS HIST-UA.0542, RELST-UA.0639, & MEDI-UA.0640

This course traces how the emergence of a new religious community on the Arabian Peninsula in the seventh century rapidly transformed the politics and culture of a vast empire that stretched from China to Spain. The course will place the development of Islamic traditions and institutions within the broader historical context of Late Antiquity, and will explore later developments in a comparative framework. Using primary sources, students will explore the major debates in the cultural history of this period, from the life of the Prophet Muhammad through the Umayyad, Abbasid and Fatimid caliphates, and the beginnings of European crusading. Throughout the course, special attention will be paid to literary and artistic culture. A trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art is planned.

A historical and comparative approach to the first half millennium of Islamic history. Course traces the cultural and religious strands shaping the institutions, belief systems, and practices. Using primary sources, students explore the major debates in the cultural history of this period.






Fall 2020

Abigail Krasner Balbale
TR: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM SILV 208