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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Undergraduate Course: Islamic History B: From the Crusades to the 'Gunpowder Empires' (IMES08034)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is an introduction to the history of the Islamic world from c. 1050 to c. 1650, including the Seljuk empire, the Crusades, the Mongol invasions, the formation of the Ottoman and Safavid empires and the expansion of Islam into Africa and Asia. The impact of nomadic migrations, processes of state formation, conversion and Islamisation, and encounters between Christendom and Islam are all explored.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  100
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 21, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 164 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 55 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 5 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examination: one 2-hour exam (55%)
one essay of 2000 words (30%)
one mid-semester test (10%)
seminar participation (5%)

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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. outline the key events of the history of Islam c.1050-c.1650 CE
  2. explain the various dimensions (e.g. social, religious, cultural, political, economic) of large-scale historical changes in the Islamic World in the medieval and early modern period, notably: the emergence of the medieval nomad empires and the so-called 'gunpowder empires' of the early modern period, the expansion of Islam beyond the Middle East and North Africa and the changing dynamics in the interaction between the Islamic world and the rest of Europe, Asia and Africa
  3. critique the relative usefulness of the sources available for the study of social history and gender in the pre-modern Islamic world
  4. critique primary and secondary sources and integrate these sources into their argumentation
  5. present arguments in a variety of written and oral formats as well as the ability to participate in informed debate on the above topics
Reading List
Allsen, T., Culture and Conquest in Mongol Eurasia, Cambridge, 2001.

Berkey, J. P., The Formation of Islam: Religion and Society in the Near East, 6001800, Cambridge, 2003.

Hillenbrand, C., The Crusades: Islamic Perspectives, Edinburgh, 1999.

Imber, C., The Ottoman Empire, c. 13001650: The Structure of Power, London, 2002.

Lapidus, I.M., Islamic Societies to the Nineteenth Century: A Global History, Cambridge, 2012.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Plus tutorials
KeywordsIMES IHB
Course organiserDr Marie Legendre
Tel: (01316)51 7112
Course secretaryMrs Anne Budo
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161
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