Histories of the Middle East, 600-1800 C.E.

Module titleHistories of the Middle East, 600-1800 C.E.
Module codeARA1036
Academic year2019/0
Credits15
Module staff

Dr William Gallois (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

40

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Few other regions of the world have provoked
more interest and controversy than the Middle East. This module will provide
you with an introductory overview of the historical, political, economic, and
strategic factors that shape the modern Middle East, examining key issues in
the politics and society of the region from the Prophet to the end of the
eighteenth century. It is designated to highlight the multi-faceted nature of
Middle Eastern polities and to provide a continuity/change perspective on
themes of regional unity versus political fragmentation. It also aims at
providing you with the concepts and tools necessary to develop an analytical
approach to understanding the Middle East.   

Module aims - intentions of the module

The primary aim of this module is to provide an introduction (including for those of you with no prior background) to the complex history of the Middle East utilising a variety of sources and providing relevant social and historical context. An important secondary aim (which is indispensable for fulfilling the primary aim) is to help you become aware of and begin to appreciate the multi-faceted nature of Middle Eastern polities. The module also aims to provide you with an introduction to the major themes, issues, and events in Middle Eastern history. This context will help you to appreciate how historians interpret the past and the nature of scholarly debate about different interpretations of that past, allowing you to participate with confidence in these debates, as well as providing you with a sound basis for your future studies.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. demonstrate your knowledge of some key themes, issues, and events in modern Middle Eastern history
  • 2. identify and explain in your own words (orally and in writing) major themes, issues, and events in Middle Eastern history

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. demonstrate understanding of how history is written and to appreciate that history is only the attempt to represent and explain the past, it is not the past itself
  • 4. read history critically
  • 5. discuss and debate different historical explanations of past events.
  • 6. respect different points of view about the past

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. think critically about issues and events.
  • 8. examine the motives underlying human action

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some to all of the following topics:

 

  1.    Lecture         Studying the Middle East and Islamic history

          Seminar         Historiography and periodisation

2         Lecture         The pre-Islamic Middle East

            Seminar         Source analysis and material remains

3          Lecture         The rise and expansion of Islam

           Seminar         Intellectual history and histories of religions

4          Lecture         The Umayyad and Abbasid empires: religion and daily life

            Seminar         Social history

5          Lecture         Al-Andalus: identity and community

           Seminar         Secondary sources

6         Lecture         Islamic thought: philosophy, politics, science and art

           Seminar       Varieties of history

7         Lecture          The Crusades and the history of the west in the Islamic world

           Seminar         Orientalism

8         Lecture          The Ottoman empire: trade and economy

         Seminar         Economic history

9        Lecture         Imperial history

          Seminar         Historiography of empires, nations and nationalism

10      Lecture         Islam and the connected worlds of the Middle East and Asia

          Seminar         Transnational history

11      Lecture         Gendered histories of the Middle East

          Seminar     Gender history

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
221280

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity1111 x 1 hr lectures covering the topics listed in the syllabus plan
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity1111 x 1 hr class discussions of pre-assigned reading
Guided independent study38Reading for, and reflecting on, seminars
Guided independent study30Completing essay proposal based on research of the literature
Guided independent study60Preparing for and completing summative assignments

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay proposal200 words1-7Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay 1352,000 words1-8Written and oral
Essay 2652,000 words1-8Written and oral

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Essay 1Essay 1 (2,000 words)1 - 8January reassessment period
Essay 2Essay 2 (2,000 words)1 - 8August/September reassessment period

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Arthur Goldschmidt & Lawrence Davidson, A Concise History of the Middle East (2009).

Richard Marius, A Short Guide to Writing About History (2006).

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Middle East, Prophets, Umayyad & Abbasid, Ottoman Empire, Islam, Palestine, Arab-Israeli Conflict

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

4

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

24/06/2015

Last revision date

24/06/2015