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A social, cultural and political history of the Islamic world between 600 and 1650.
Islam has touched the hearts and lives of many people in New Zealand. This course helps us to understand how Islam began and how it continues to shape world history. It shows the importance of Islam in the formation of medieval Europe and western civilisation and its transformation of the Middle East and Asia. The first and second sections of the course explore the foundation and expansion of Islam from the trading cities of the Arabian Peninsula into a global, civilisation. Sections III and IV explore in detail the mutual encounter of Islam in the East and the West and the gradual fragmentation of the Islamic world into the Mughal and Saffafid empires in the East and Ottoman Empire in the West. In tutorials and written work explore the experience of Islam in India, gender relations and gender diversity, and the social and cultural contribution of Islam to the formation of health, medical and urban cultures.
The overall aim of the course is to inspire and support leaning about the development of Islamic culture and civilization from the period 600-1600 AD and to encourage students to make connections between the histories of the Islamic world and those of both the east and the west. On successful completion of the course students will be able toIdentify key points in the development of Islamic civilisation.Communicate insights into the history of the Islamic world and its contribution to the development of both the East and West.Evaluate historical argument and use primary source material to both challenge and support historical theories.Analyse and discuss the merits of a range of documents, images and texts as primary source materials.Demonstrate historical insights into Islamic world history from 600-1600 in both written and oral form.Generic/Transferable SkillsAbility to analyse complex material from a variety of sources and to communicate the results verbally and in written form.Ability to both follow instruction and to work independentlyAbility to engage appropriately with a range of people in small group discussion Confidence, familiarity and ability to communicate knowledge of a different culture
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Any 15 points at 100 level in HIST, orCLAS120, orany 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Domestic fee $777.00
International fee $3,375.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
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Humanities and Creative Arts.