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HIST 231 Understanding Islam & Historical Perspectives

The course examines Islamic society from its beginning to the modern period. Covering issues such as the rise of Islam in the Arabian peninsula, the creation of Islamic dynasties, and the establishment of Islamic law, the class familiarizes students with a wide range of topics and diverse chronological periods, with an emphasis on connections between Islamic societies and other parts of the world. Outings will be arranged to sites in and around Boston to explore rich collections of Islamic art and culture, and guest speakers will be brought in to provide different points of view on issues related to Islam and the West.



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