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MIDDLE EASTERN HISTORY

Department of Arabic Studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Associate Professors: N. Hanna, H. Lutfi, E. Sartain
Assistant Professors: S. Sears

Middle East History is the study of many different narratives, describing the origin, development and transformation of the society and culture of the Middle East, especially the rise and development of Arab and Islamic civilization. The study of these narratives seeks to explain the thought, movements, processes, institutions and identities of this civilization. These include but are not limited to political and religious thought, cross- cultural interaction, commerce and economic relations, government, and social, political and religious loyalties. Particular attention is given to how these dynamics change in physical and cultural space and in historical time.

Bachelor of Arts

The objective of the undergraduate program is to foster an awareness of the synthesis of  the classical Arab and Muslim cultural tradition (ca. 600-945), the transformation of this tradition in the age of Turkish, Persian and Berber supremacy (ca. 945-1800) and its further development with the advent of modernity and the re-formulation of Middle Eastern cultural and political identities (ca. 1800 to present). To broaden the student's historical perspective, some study of pre-Islamic and non Middle-Eastern history is required. The program should also help develop skills in the critical analysis of documents and historical arguments, and the writing of history.

Students should find opportunities in any line work where analytical and communication skills or knowledge of Middle East culture are important. These include government, non-governmental organizations, journalism, law firms, multinational businesses and teaching. Many history majors go on to get advanced degrees in law, business, journalism, social science and history. At AUC, the department of Arabic Studies offers a masters degree in Middle East history. This program is flexible and can easily accommodate most day-time work schedules.

    Students should take ARBS/HIST 246 and obtain a C or higher before registering for upper level classes.

    Non-Arab foreign students must take courses in literary Arabic through ALNG 203 or 212, or demonstrate proficiency through examination.

    A total of 120 credits is required for the bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern History:

Core Curriculum (40 credits)

Concentration Requirements (42 credits):

MEHT/HIST

200

Introduction to Historical Theory and Methodology

MEHT/ARBS/HIST

336

Studies in Ibn Khaldun

 

355

History of the Middle East, 1700-1900 A.D.

 

356

History of the Middle East in the Twentieth Century

 

Four of the following:

HIST

201

History of American Civilization to the Nineteenth Century

 

202

History of Modern American Civilization

 

203

Ancient and Medieval Western Civilization to 1300

 

204

The Rise of Modern Civilization

 

205

Europe in the Age of Revolution and Reform (1789-1914)

 

307

The Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Reformation

 

308

Europe and the Age of Reason

 

309

The Pursuit of Liberty

 

410

Modern European Imperialism

 

Three of the following:

MEHT/ARBS/HIST

343

Arab-Islamic Civilization, Classical Age, 600-945 A.D.

 

344

Arab-Islamic Civilization, Middle Period, 945-1380  A.D.

 

345

Islamic Civilization, 1380-1800 A.D.

ARBS/POLS

353

Muslim Political Thought

 

Two of the following:

MEHT/EGPT/HIST

346

Societies and Cultures of the Ancient Near East

MEHT/HIST

460

Selected Topics in Middle Eastern History, 600-1250 A.D.

 

461

Selected Topics in Middle Eastern History, 1250-1800 A.D.

 

462

Selected Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East

MEHT/ARBS/HIST

463

Selected Topics in the History of Islamic Thought and Institutions.

 

One of the following:

HIST

401

Selected Topics in the History of the United States

 

402

Selected Topics in European History

 

Collateral Requirements (30 credits)

ARBS

270 or 271

Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture

ECON

239

Economic History of the Middle East

 

One of the following:

ANTH

202

Cultural Anthropology

SOC

201

Introduction to Sociology

SOC

203

Social problems of the Middle East

 

One of the following:

POL

201

Introduction to Political Science

 

325

Government and Politics of Egypt

 

354

Political and Social Thought in the Modern Arab World

 

One  course in either Philosophy or English and Comparative Literature to be chosen in consultation with adviser.

A minor in a relevant field, to be selected in consultation with the adviser. Students who choose to take a minor in European World History or United Sates History must select courses which they have not already taken as Middle Eastern History concentration requirements. (15 credits)

Electives (5-15 credits)

Classical/Medieval Islamic History Minor

This minor acquaints the student with the main historical currents and developments of Arab-Islamic society and culture from the rise of Islam to the end of the eighteenth century.

Requirements (15 credits): MEHT/ARBS/HIST 343 Arab-Islamic Civilization in the Classical Age, 600-945 A.D., MEHT/ARBS/HIST 344 Arab-Islamic Civilization in the Middle Period, 945-1380 A.D., MEHT/ARBS/HIST 345 Islamic Civilization, 1380-1800 A.D., and two of the following: HIST 203 Ancient and Medieval Western Civilization to 1300, MEHT/ARBS/HIST 336 Studies in Ibn Khaldun, MEHT/ARBS 451 Islamic Institutions, or Selected Topics (MEHT/HIST 460, 461, or MEHT/ARBS/HIST 463).

 

Middle Eastern History Courses (MEHT)

 CourseNumber CourseTitle

200

Introduction to Historical Theory and Methodology

243

History I: Dynastic Through Middle Kingdom Egypt

244

History II: Middle Kingdom Through New Kingdom Egypt

246

Survey of Arab History

336

Studies in Ibn Khaldun

342

History of Egypt in the Graeco-Roman Era

343

Arab-Islamic Civilization in the Classical Age, 600-945 A.D.

344

Arab-Islamic Civilization in the Middle Period, 945-1380 A.D.

345

Islamic Civilization, 1380-1800 A.D

346

Societies and Culture of the Ancient Near East

355

History of the Middle East, 1700-1900 A.D.

356

History of the Middle East in the Twentieth Century

400

Independent Study

440

Muslim Historical Literature

451

Islamic Institutions

454

Modern Movements in Islam

460

Selected Topics in Middle Eastern History, 600-1250 A.D.

461

Selected Topics in Middle Eastern History, 1250-1800 A.D.

462

Selected Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East

463

Selected Topics in the History of Islamic Thought and Institutions

 

MODERN HISTORY

Department of History
School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor: J. Edwards (Chair)
Associate Professors: D. Blanks, M. Reimer, J. Thompson
Assistant Professors: M. Rieker, S. Winger

The Department of History offers and administers a major in Modern History, and minors in Modern History, Modern Middle Eastern History, European-World History, and in United States History.

Bachelor of Arts

Programs in history administered by the Department of History aim to introduce students to a range of European, American and Middle Eastern history topics.  The choice of course offerings is designed to allow students flexibility within the major, while the emphasis on the modern era seeks to provide students with a sound foundation for the understanding of the contemporary world. Where courses are cross-listed students should register with the department indicated in bold type. (See also entry under Middle Eastern History).

History is based on the conviction that we cannot understand the present unless we understand the past. As the pace of change accelerates, it becomes increasingly important to analyze and understand the origins of new world systems. History therefore is the study of past human endeavor in all its aspects, scientific, artistic, philosophic, as well as political, economic and social. Historians are trained to evaluate a wide variety of differently recorded evidence and to seek new sources in ways that are adaptable to the understanding of history unfolding around us.

The objective of the Modern History major is to introduce students to the practice of history, and to train them in its philosophy and methodology. In doing so this major aims to give students the intellectual tools with which to approach these goals, together with an understanding of the complexity of the past. The skills of analysis, critical thinking and succinct synthesis which the study of history demands, give students a solid foundation both for advanced academic work in a variety of disciplines, and for entry into major professions such as law, diplomacy, and politics, as well as commercial and business enterprises.

A total of 120 credits is required for a bachelor's degree in Modern History.

Core Curriculum (40 credits)

Concentration Requirements (36 credits):

HIST

202

History of Modern American Civilization

 

204

The Rise of Modern Civilization

 

205

Europe in the Age of Revolution and Reform (1789-1914

HIST/POLS

206

Global Politics in the Twentieth Century

HIST/ARBS/MEHT

355

History of the Middle East, 1700-1900 A.D.

HIST/MEHT

356

History of the Middle East in the Twentieth

 

Four of the following, including one European or American course, and one Middle Eastern history course. The course may be repeated if topic changes.

HIST

401

Selected Topics in the History of the United States

 

402

Selected Topics in European History

 

410

Selected Topics in Modern European Imperialism

 

411

Selected Topics in British History

 

412

Selected Topics in Modern Egyptian History

HIST/ARBS/MEHT

454

Modern Movements in Islam

HIST/MEHT

462

Selected Topics in the History of the ModernMiddle East

 

Two additional courses from any of the history courses (HIST).

Electives:  44 credits, to be selected in consultation with a history faculty advisor.

Modern Middle Eastern History Minor

The minor in the field of Modern Middle Eastern History is designed to provide students with a substantive introduction to the making of the modern Middle East from the mid-eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.

Requirements (15 credits):

HIST/ARBS/MEHT

355

History of the Middle East, 1700-1900 A.D.

HIST/MEHT

356

History of the Middle East in the Twentieth Century

 

and three of the following

HIST

205

Europe in the Age of Revolution and Reform  (1789-1914)

 

410

Modern European Imperialism

HIST/ARBS/MEHT

454

Modern Movements in Islam

HIST/MEHT

462

Selected Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East.

 

European-World History Minor

The student in this minor gains an understanding of the main themes in the development of European society and culture including its roots in, and relations with, other civilizations from ancient to modern times.

Requirements (15 credits):

HIST

203

Ancient and Medieval Western Civilization to 1300

 

204

The Rise of Modern Civilization

 

205

Europe in the Age of Revolution and Reform  (1789-1914)

HIST/POLS

206

Global Politics in the Twentieth Century

 

307

The Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Reformation

HIST

308

Europe in the Age of Reason

 

402

Selected Topics in European History

 

United States History Minor

This minor focuses on the United States and the nature of its democratic development from America's colonial experience in the eighteenth century, through the crisis of the Civil War, to America's position as a world leader in the twentieth century.

Requirements (15 credits):
Students in this minor will take: 

HIST/ECLT

209

Introduction to American Studies

HIST

401

Selected Topics in the History of the United States

 

plus two of the following courses:

HIST

201

History of American Civilization to the Nineteenth Century

 

202

History of Modern American Civilization

HIST/POLS

206

Global Politics in the Twentieth Century

HIST

309

The Pursuit of Liberty.

 

In addition, students should choose one American literature course from the following English and Comparative Literature offerings: ECLT 308, ECLT 311.

Modern History Minor

This minor acquaints students with major forces and events of the American, European and Middle Eastern worlds of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Requirements (15 credits):

HIST/POLS

206

Global Politics in the Twentieth Century

HIST/MEHT

356

History of the Middle East in the Twentieth Century

 

plus three of the following:

HIST

205

Europe in the Age of Revolution and Reform  (1789-1914)

HIST/ARBS/MEHT

355

History of the Middle East, 1700-1900 A.D.

HIST

402

Selected Topics in European History

HIST/MEHT

462

Selected Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East.

 

History Courses (HIST)

 CourseNumber CourseTitle

200

Introduction to Historical Theory and Methodology

201

History of American Civilization to the Nineteenth Century

202

History of Modern American Civilization

203

Ancient and Medieval Western Civilization to 1300

204

The Rise of Modern Civilization

205

Europe in the Age of Revolution and Reform (1789-1914)

206

Global Politics in the Twentieth Century

209

Introduction to American Studies

243

History I: Pre-Dynastic Through Middle Kingdom Egypt

244

History II: Middle Kingdom Through New Kingdom Egypt

246

Survey of Arab History

307

The Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Reformation

308

Europe in the Age of  Reason

309

The Pursuit of Liberty

310

The History of Modern Middle Eastern Cities

336

Studies in Ibn Khaldun

342

History of Egypt in the Graeco-Roman Era

343

Arab-Islamic Civilization in the Classical Age, 600-945 A.D.

344

Arab-Islamic Civilization in the Middle Period, 945-1380 A.D.

345

Islamic Civilization, 1380-1800 A.D.

346

Societies and Cultures of the Ancient Near East

355

History of the Middle East, 1700-1900 A.D.

356

History of Middle East in the Twentieth Century

401

Selected Topics in the History of the United States

402

Selected Topics in European History

410

Selected Topics in Modern European Imperialism

411

Selected Topics in British History

412

Selected Topics in Modern Egyptian History

454

Modern Movements in Islam

460

Selected Topics in Middle Eastern History, 600-1250 A. D.

461

Selected Topics in Middle Eastern History, 1250-1800 A. D.

462

Selected Topics in the History of Modern Middle East

463

Selected Topics in the History of Islamic Thought and Institutions

 

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