Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 104 Effective Fall 2015

Course Number:
HST 104
Course Title:
History of the Middle East
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Course Description

Surveys the Middle East from ancient to modern times. Includes political, diplomatic, economic, social, religious and cultural themes. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Articulate and interpret an understanding of key historical facts and events in the history of the Middle East.
  • Identify the influence of culturally based practices, values, and beliefs to analyze how historically defined meanings of difference affect human behavior.
  • Identify and investigate historical theses, evaluate information and its sources, and use appropriate reasoning to construct evidence-based arguments on historical issues.
  • Construct a well organized historical argument using effective, appropriate, and accurate language.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assess by using any combination of the following:

  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Oral presentations
  • Research projects
  • Service-learning projects
  • Class participation and discussion
  • Other creative assignments

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, 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
  • Law
  • Cultural contributions
  • Philosophies and religions
  • Gender
  • Diversity