Islamic Civilization | spring
I. Course Description
This course is a survey of Islamic civilization from
its foundation in the 7th century to the present. It offers a chronological and
topical approach to the study of Islamic civilization. The main objectives of
the course are: (1) to survey the contours of Islamic history; (2) to
familiarize students with a non-western civilization, its value systems, and its
contributions to humanity; and (3) to teach analytical methods for understanding
diverse peoples, cultures, and patterns of social identity.
The final course grade will be
determined on the basis of Class Attendance and Discussions (20%), Position
Papers and Responses (30%), Group Presentations (15%), Global Review and Seminar
Series (10%), Research Paper(25%), Course Summary and Evaluation
Attendance: You are expected to attend all the lectures and discussions.
Lectures will frequently include materials not covered in the assigned readings
and for which you are responsible. Every student enrolled in the course must
prepare carefully for class and participate in on-line and class discussions.
All required and recommended readings are available on-line. You are urged to
complete the assigned reading prior to the class session at which they will be
introduced. During each class session we participate in an in-depth discussion
of the issues and problems raised in lectures, readings, and on-line debates.
Students who miss more than four class sessions may not pass this course.
Questions/Position Papers: To facilitate discussion, and to allow me to
gauge students' participation regardless of her/his personal assertiveness, you
are required to write a total of 5 one-page, single-spaced position
papers. Your thought papers should be made available to other students via
firstname.lastname@example.org 24 hours prior to the
class meetings. Your position papers should identify important events and
arguments and raise significant question concerning the readings, lectures, or
critical events in the Middle East.
Critiques: In addition you are required to respond to at least 10position
papers written by your peers. Your correspondence should be spaced evenly
over the course of the semester. On-line discussions must be cordial,
informative, and reflective.
4. Global Review
and Seminar Series: Because one of the goals of this course is to expand
students understanding of the Middle East in a world historical context, each
student will be asked to attend at least four class related public
events. There are two Middle East related weekly lecture series on campus.
Global Review meets every Thursday, 7:00 p.m. "Religion, Politics, and the
Public Sphere" Seminar Series meets on Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Schroeder
417. Please send me a brief summary/analysis of the lectures to email@example.com.
Paper: All students are
required to apply the critical approaches and concepts learned in this course to
a final research project on Islam. Your final research project must be directed
toward a professional audience and should be of publishable quality. All papers
must be presented at the 18th semiannual Rhetoric and the Historical Imagination
Conference, scheduled for April 24, 2002. One
short memo-proposal describing your research paper due by February 6,
2002. This should be accompanied by a concise title and a one-page working
bibliography identifying both primary and secondary sources.
Evaluation: You will be required to write a critique the course, the
instructor, the teaching intern, and the way the course has been carried out. I
would sincerely appreciate your specific comments, both positive and negative,
as well as your recommendations for improvement. Although I will not read the
evaluations until after I've calculated the grades, these evaluations are a
requirement of the course and are due no later than April 24.
Self-Evaluation: You are required to turn in a statement evaluating your
work along with the grade that you think is appropriate. Your
self-evaluation must be submitted no later than April 24. This type-written
statement should include the following:
a. the goals you set for yourself in the
b. the criteria
by which you are judging your work;
c. a description of the way in which you have achieved your
d. the grade you
think appropriately rates your performance.
Portfolio: Every student is required to submit a portfolio which includes
all class assignments and on-line discussions, synopsis, position papers,
self-evaluation, course evaluation, extra credit works, and your rewrites.
IV. Required Readings
To see a list of required reading materials for this course please download the corresponding word file