May 19, 2022
GLS 220 - The Middle East and Islam Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: General
This course surveys the civilization of the Middle East from Muhammad and Islam to the Islamic caliphate and civilization, Ottomans, modernism, Western empires, Arab-Israeli conflict, contemporary Islamic revival, instability and terrorism, Muslim diaspora and the strategic importance of the Middle East to the United States and world economy.
- Broadly survey the physical and cultural geography of the Middle East
- Discuss the term “the Middle East.”
- Discuss the physical geography
- Discuss the ethnic, linguistic and religious diversities of the Middle East.
- Broadly survey the pre-Islamic history of the Middle East
- Discuss the ancient civilizations
- Discuss the Greco-Roman civilizations
- Discuss the rise of the Christian East.
- Discuss pre-Islamic Arabia
- Survey the rise of Islam
- Discuss the life of Muhammad
- Discuss the five pillars of Islam
- Discuss the rise of Islamic Arabia
- Survey the expansion of Islam and the rise of Islamic civilization
- Analyze the reasons for the rapid military expansion of Islam.
- Discuss the Islamic synthesis of civilization
- Discuss the intellectual achievements of Islamic civilization.
- Discuss the universal Muslim caliphate
- Survey the encounters of Islam with Europe and Asia
- Discuss the importance of Muslim Spain and Sicily to Europe
- Analyze the reasons for and the long term impact of the Crusades.
- Explain the encounters between Islam and the regions of Asia.
- Survey the Turkish contributions to the Middle East
- Analyze the origins of the Turkish Empire
- Discuss the encounters between Europe and the Turkish Empire.
- Survey the impact of the West on the Middle East
- Analyze the reasons for the growth of Western dominance in the Middle East
- Explain the impact of Western science, industrialism, political ideas and military force on the Middle East
- Analyze the reasons for the decline of the Middle East as the world?s dominant civilization
- Survey the modern Middle East
- Explain the rise of European empires in the Middle East.
- Explain the rise of independent nation-states in the middle East
- Explain the growth of American power and influence in the Middle East.
- Explain the rise of Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict
- Survey the problems of recent years and decades in the Middle East
- Explain the rise of Muslim fundamentalism
- Analyze the failures of the Middle East states and societies to modernize.
- Examine the rise of terrorism and its origins in the Middle East and its impact world wide
- Discuss the future of Islam, global Islam, the Middle East in foreign affairs and the Islamic Diaspora
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