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Fall 2012

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HIS225 - History of the Middle East
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the geopolitical, social, economic and ideological development of the cultures of the Middle East from 1453 to the present. Explores the influence of Islam, and analyzes the emergence of imperialism, nationalism, modernization and fundamentalism in the modern Middle East.


Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of the course, as documented by extended writing assignments, class discussion, and examinations, students will be able to:

1.identify a minimum of five of the major geographic features of the Middle East and discuss how these features influenced the evolving cultures of the region;
2.demonstrate knowledge of the primary tenets of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and evaluate the role of ideology for the Arab, Persian and North African peoples;
3.identify three phases of the rise and spread of the Ottoman Empire and its influence on non-Turkic cultures of the Middle East;
4.trace and evaluate the impact of European imperialism on the Middle East and discuss the responses of the Ottomans, the Egyptians, and the Iranians;
5.compare and contrast the struggles for political and economic independence in at least five countries of the emerging modern Middle East;
6.Discuss at least three elements of the religious, political, economic, and social causes and effects of the Arab-Israeli conflict;
7.critically analyze the historical roots to a minimum of three current issues facing the Middle East; and
8.complete a 4-6 page paper on an approved topic which demonstrates knowledge of a distinctive feature of Middle Eastern civilization.*
*This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.




Content Outline:
1. Middle East Geography
2. Judaism and Christianity
3. Islam
4. Ottoman Empire
5. Egypt and Persia
6. European Imperialism and Ottoman Reforms
7. Arab Nationalism and World War I
8. End of the Ottoman Empire
9. Turkey and Iran
10. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States
11. Egypt and North Africa
12. Palestine, Israel, and the Arab States
13. Geopolitics and Middle East Oil
14. Middle East Wars, 1979-Present
15. Cultural Issues of Modern Middle East
16. Islamic Fundamentalism





Effective Term: Fall 2007