Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA1036: Histories of the Middle East, 600-1800 C.E.

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some to all of the following topics:


  1.    Lecture         Studying the Middle East and Islamic history

          Seminar         Historiography and periodisation

2         Lecture         The pre-Islamic Middle East

            Seminar         Source analysis and material remains

3          Lecture         The rise and expansion of Islam

           Seminar         Intellectual history and histories of religions

4          Lecture         The Umayyad and Abbasid empires: religion and daily life

            Seminar         Social history

5          Lecture         Al-Andalus: identity and community

           Seminar         Secondary sources

6         Lecture         Islamic thought: philosophy, politics, science and art

           Seminar       Varieties of history

7         Lecture          The Crusades and the history of the west in the Islamic world

           Seminar         Orientalism

8         Lecture          The Ottoman empire: trade and economy

         Seminar         Economic history

9        Lecture         Imperial history

          Seminar         Historiography of empires, nations and nationalism

10      Lecture         Islam and the connected worlds of the Middle East and Asia

          Seminar         Transnational history

11      Lecture         Gendered histories of the Middle East

          Seminar     Gender history

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity1111 x 1 hr lectures covering the topics listed in the syllabus plan
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity1111 x 1 hr class discussions of pre-assigned reading
Guided independent study38Reading for, and reflecting on, seminars
Guided independent study30Completing essay proposal based on research of the literature
Guided independent study60Preparing for and completing summative assignments

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).