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MELC 20040 - Islamic Societies of the Middle East and North Africa: Religion, History, and Culture, Fall 2005

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Author: Asma Afsaruddin
Notre Dame OpenCourseware (OCW) offers free educational resources for the course "Islamic Societies of the Middle East and North Africa" in the Program in Arabic and Middle East Studies.This course offers a panoramic survey of the Islamic societies of the Middle East and North Africa from their origins to the present day. It will deal with the history and expansion of Islam, both as a world religion and civilization, from its birth in the Arabian peninsula in the seventh century to its subsequent spread to other parts of western Asia and North Africa. Issues of religious practices, political governance and movements, gender, social relations and cultural norms will be explored in relation to a number of Islamic societies in the region. The course foregrounds the complexities and diversity present in a critical geographic area of what we call the Islamic world today.
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ISLAMIC SOCIETIES OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA: RELIGION, HISTORY AND CULTURE

Professor Asma Afsaruddin

Middle East Studies
Department of Classics
University of Notre Dame

Course Structure: Two 75-minute classes per week

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Course Description

This course offers a panoramic survey of the Islamic societies of the Middle East and North Africa from their origins to the present day.   It will deal with the history and expansion of Islam, both as a world religion and civilization, from its birth in the Arabian peninsula in the seventh century to its subsequent spread to other parts of western Asia and North Africa.  Issues of religious practices, political governance and movements, gender, social relations and cultural norms will be explored in relation to a number of Islamic societies in the region. The course foregrounds the complexities and diversity present in a critical geographic area of what we call the Islamic world today.

This course was also cross-listed as AFAM 20367, ANTH 20040, ASIA 20004, GSC 20425, IIPS 20714, LLEA 20605, and SOC 20041.

 

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