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    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
   
 
  Dec 17, 2017
 
 
    
Academic Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LASS226 The Rise and Expansion of the Great Muslim Empires 3 cr.


This course explores the history of successive Islamic empires and capital cities within them, from the foundation of Islam in the early seventh century to Napoleon’s conquest of Egypt at the dawn of the nineteenth century. The crusades and their continuing impact on relations between the Middle East and the west, as well as historically significant Islamic art and architecture are explored. Relations between Muslims, Christians, and Jews, as well as the lesser-known religions of the Middle East such as the Zoroastrians, Alawis, and Druze, are examined. Photos and videos that help to illuminate the region constitute an important part of this course and are used in every class.

Prerequisites: LALW100; FRSM100

Lecture/Seminar
All College Elective