Middle Eastern History and Civilization

Course Code: ASH1044

Credit Hours: 3

Effective beginning: Fall 2020


Course Description:
This course is an introductory course on a history of the Middle East. It traces the historical and cultural influences that have contributed to the development of the unique region known as the Middle East. It examines the impact of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in this history, while placing the primary emphasis on understanding the cultural and historical background of the major problems facing the Middle East today. This course has been designated as an international, diversity course.

Course Details


Robert L. Ivey

Richard Ivey

Mary McClendon

Levester Ramsey



Required textbooks/ course materials:

Goldschmidt, Arthur, and Boum, Aomar. A Concise History of the Middle East. 12th ed. Boulder: Taylor, 2019. Print. ISBN: 9780813350912


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-1 Identify theories, hypotheses and research methodologies that behavioral scientists use to explain, investigate and predict behaviors and social trends.

SS-2 Use appropriate social and behavioral science investigation techniques to analyze contemporary social issues.

SS-3 Identify and investigate interdisciplinary courses in the social and behavioral sciences, such as, history, criminal justice, economics, etc. and establish how these courses are inter-related from a global perspective.

SS-4 Create and utilize current technologies in developing oral and written presentations on topics relevant to subject matter under the auspices of social and behavioral sciences.

SS-5 Identify fundamental modalities used to promote understanding of differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.


Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Identify contemporary social and political crises and their philosophical and cultural roots.

Examine the social and cultural traditions of ethnic groups within societies of the Middle East.

Examine the relationship among world cultures and how those relationships shape world events.

SS-1, SS-3

SS-3, SS-4


Tests, Writing Assignments



  • Read all assigned materials.
  • Attend and participate in class discussions.
  • Complete study guides and notes from class discussions and lectures.
  • Courses taught under the auspices of the Social and Behavioral Sciences will include an oral component, oral presentations and/or classroom discussions.

Note: Online and Distance Learning courses will not contain the oral component.

Chapters are as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Middle East before Muhammad
  3. Muhammad and the Rise of Islam
  4. The Early Arab Conquests
  5. The High Caliphate
  6. The Rise of the Shi’a and the Influx of the Turks
  7. The Crusader and Mongol Invasions
  8. Islamic Civilization
  9. Firearms, Slaves, and Empires
  10. European Interests and Imperialism
  11. Westernizing Reform in the Nineteenth Century
  12. The Rise of Nationalism
  13. The Roots of Arab Bitterness
  14. Modernizing Rulers in the Independent States
  15. Egypt and the Fertile Crescent Under European Control
  16. The Contest for Palestine
  17. Israel’s Rebirth and the Rise of Arab Nationalism
  18. War and the Quest for Peace
  19. The Reassertion of Islamic Power
  20. The 1991 Gulf War and the Peace Process
  21. The Post-9/11 Decade in the Middle East
  22. In the Season of Arab Discontent
  23. The Regional Cold War in the Twenty-First Century


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