ERIC Number: ED026967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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Introducing Islamic Civilization: Course Syllabus.
Smith, Reuben W., Ed.
The syllabus reflects a course in Islamic civilization taught at the University of Chicago and includes the recommendations of participants at a conference on the problems of presenting such a course. The "civilization approach" offers a panoramic view of various related fields, affords a perspective on the problems of analyzing changes over time, and offers insight into the very nature of civilization. The syllabus was designed to guide the instructor to essential subjects, suggest major problems he would encounter in presenting them, list the best reference works available, yet allow him a wide choice in topic and method of presentation. After an explanation of the structure of the course and use of the syllabus, there is material on: transliteration, the Muslim calendar, reference works, European interprestations of Islamic history and civilization, geography, political events to the 11th century, the religious message and its institutionalization, Arabic literature to the 11th century, political events from the 11th to 16th century, Sufism and literature from the 11th to 16th century, scientific and philosophical achievements to the 16th century, Islamic visual arts, socioeconomic changes, expansion beyond the heartland, integration, Ottoman, Safavi, and Mughul empires, the impact of the modern world on patterns of investment and trade and on the Islamic peoples--their political and cultural attitudes and social structure. (JS)
Descriptors: Arabic, Arabs, Art, Asian History, Course Content, Curriculum, Geography, Higher Education, History, Islamic Culture, Literature
Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago, 1130 East 59th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL.