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21H.601 Islam, the Middle East, and the West, Fall 2006

Couryard with columns and statues of lions in the center.
The Patio de los Leones ("Court of the Lions"), part of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. The Alhambra is a palace and fortress erected by the Moors in the 14th century. (Image courtesy of Manuel Ramos.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features its final exam and map quizzes in exams as well as an extensive list of readings.

Course Description

This course aims to provide students with a general overview of basic themes and issues in Middle Eastern history from the rise of Islam to the present, with an emphasis on the encounters and exchanges between the "Middle East" (Southwest Asia and North Africa) and the "West" (Europe and the United States).


Dr. Mériam Belli

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session



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