HIST 261 The Middle East in the Islamic Era • 5 Cr.


Examines the political, social, and cultural history of the Middle East since the 7th century. Topics include the development of Islam, the rise and decline of Islamic empires, and the impact of modernization, the Arab-Israeli confrontation, and Islamic fundamentalism. Same as INTST 261. Either HIST 261 or INTST 261 may be taken for credit, not both. May be used as a social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Analyze and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Evaluate the political, economic, social, religious, and cultural contexts of the growth and influence of Islam.
  • Identify and assess the causes and consequences of major economic, social, political, and cultural developments in the history of the Middle East.