HIS 256 - History of Modern Islam

Course Description

A inquiry into the history of the Islam and the Middle East from the life of the Prophet Mohammed, through the cultural and political spread of Islamic peoples into Africa and Europe with the Caliphate, to the Islamic Renaissance of the Early Middle Ages, the Empires of the Ottomans, Safavids and Moguls and into the 20th century with the rise of oil and secular states. The course will complement existing courses on the religion of Islam to show the intersection of religion with political and cultural institutions as they spread from the core Islamic lands in the Arabian Peninsula to the broader world. Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: Assess the causes and effects of major events and developments within the Islamic World and the Middle East. Trace the origin and the early history of Islamic culture as an outgrowth of the life of the Prophet Mohammed and Arabic culture. Note the spread of Islam and the rise of extensive scientific, artistic and cultural development with the Islamic Renaissance of the Early Middle Ages, which will begin the expansion of the growth and prosperity of Western Civilization. Examine the Middle East's role in energy production in the 20th century and how the beliefs of Islam inform economic policy in the emerging global economy. Draw distinctions and continuities through time with the ongoing battle between secularism and fundamentalism in the Islamic world.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3


Course Prerequisites: ENG 050 and REA 050