History of the Middle East I: Early and Medieval Islam
This course covers the historical foundations of the premodern Middle
East beginning with the pre-Islamic Near East and Arabia and continuing
with Muhammad and the origins of the Islamic tradition; the establishment
of regional Islamic rule, ideology, and institutions; and the medieval
dynasties up to and including the Ottomans. The course primarily
focuses on general political narrative, but also considers social and
cultural dynamics of the early and medieval Islamic world.