Undergraduate Course: Islamic History B: From the Crusades to the 'Gunpowder Empires' (IMES08034)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1500-word essay 45%,
seminar participation 15%,
1500-word time-limited assignment 40%.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- outline the key events of the history of Islam c.1050-c.1650 CE
- 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
- critique the relative usefulness of the sources available for the study of social history and gender in the pre-modern Islamic world
- critique primary and secondary sources and integrate these sources into their argumentation
- present arguments in a variety of written and oral formats as well as the ability to participate in informed debate on the above topics
|Allsen, T., Culture and Conquest in Mongol Eurasia, Cambridge, 2001.|
Berkey, J. P., The Formation of Islam: Religion and Society in the Near East, 600¿1800, Cambridge, 2003.
Hillenbrand, C., The Crusades: Islamic Perspectives, Edinburgh, 1999.
Imber, C., The Ottoman Empire, c. 1300¿1650: The Structure of Power, London, 2002.
Lapidus, I.M., Islamic Societies to the Nineteenth Century: A Global History, Cambridge, 2012.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
|Course organiser||Dr Songul Mecit
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161
|Course secretary||Mrs Anne Budo
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161