History of the Islamic Middle East from the 7th Century to 1918
I. Course Prefix/Number: HIS 225
Course Name: History of the Islamic Middle East from the 7th Century to 1918
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
B. Describe the ethnic, cultural, and political diversity of the region and interpret its historical consequences.
C. Explain the religious, social, economic, and political ideas that emerged in the Middle East during the period covered.
D. Evaluate major religious, literary, and philosophical works produced during the period.
E. Analyze the relationship between historical events and contemporary issues in the region.
F. Evaluate conflicting interpretations of the history of Islamic Middle East.
G. Analyze primary and secondary sources pertaining to the period covered.
V. Academic Integrity
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.
VI. Sequence of Topics
1. The geography of the Middle East
2. The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity
3. Pre-Islamic Arabia
B. The Transition to Islam
2. The Qur'an
3. The Sociopolitical order of early Islam
1. Religious and Political conflicts
2. Islamic sects
3. Islamic Law and its role
D. Expansion of Islam
1. The Rashidun Caliphs
2. The Umayyad Caliphate
3. The Abbasid Caliphate
E. Fragmentation and the Crusades
1. Islamic States
2. Non-Muslim Communities
3. The Crusades
F. The Sultanate Period
1. The Mongol Invasion
2. The Mamluks
G. Literature and Arts
H. The Ottomans and the Safavids
1. The Turks and the Persians
2. The Ottoman and the Safavid Empires
3. Ottoman Institutions
I. Decline of "Gunpowder Empires"
1. European encroachments
2. Muhammad Ali
3. The Tanzimat
J. European Hegemony
3. Ottoman dissolution
K. The Early Twentieth Century and the First World War
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
A. Read a standard textbook and research materials
B. Write outside of class the equivalent of 12 - 14 double-spaced typed pages, in the form of a term paper, summaries of Journal articles, short research papers, and/or other kinds of writing.
C. Participate in in-class and out-of-class activities.
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Students will also be evaluated on a combination of written assignments and in- and out-of-class assignments.
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.