Islam, the Middle East, and the West

Couryard with columns and statues of lions in the center.

The Patio de los Leones ("Court of the Lions"), part of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. The Alhambra is a palace and fortress erected by the Moors in the 14th century. (Photo by Manuel Ramos on Flickr.)


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Fall 2006



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This course aims to provide students with a general overview of basic themes and issues in Middle Eastern history from the rise of Islam to the present, with an emphasis on the encounters and exchanges between the "Middle East" (Southwest Asia and North Africa) and the "West" (Europe and the United States).

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Mériam Belli. 21H.601 Islam, the Middle East, and the West. Fall 2006. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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