History | Muslims, Christians & Jews
C300 | 2983 | Lehmann & Watts


A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only

TOPIC:  THREE CULTURES IN THE MEDIEVAL MEDITERRANEAN:
INTERACTIONS BETWEEN MUSLIMS, CHRISTIANS, AND JEWS

The course will explore the relationships between the three major
religions in the medieval Mediterranean, Muslims, Christians, and
Jews. The course will focus on the cultural interaction between the
different religions and will follow a broadly chronological outline,
beginning with the position of the Arab tribes in the later Roman
period and ending with the Ottoman conquest of the Near East.
Particular attention will be paid to the Roman-Sassanian conflict
and the pre-Islamic Arab world; the effect the Islamic conquest of
the Near East upon Christian and Jewish populations; the Abbasid
caliphate and its efforts to draw upon Jewish, Christian, and pagan
expertise to create a new court culture; religious diversity,
cooperation, and conflict in medieval Spain; the Crusades from
Western, Byzantine, Muslim, and Jewish perspectives; and finally,
the emergence of the Ottoman Empire. Grades will be based on a
midterm and a final exam, two short papers, and class participation.