Open Educational Resources

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Publication Date

Summer 7-4-2021


This open resource includes a syllabus, class schedule, grading rubrics, and guidelines/examples for digital poetry annotation.

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In this course, we will take a journey through history, literature, and ideas, traveling through Islamic civilization from 600-1250 CE. We will learn about and contemplate the major events and concerns of Islamic civilization, from the dawn of Islam through the expansions, transformations, and fragmentations of Islamic empires, up until the end of the 13th century. Works of Islamic literature from a variety of genres will fuel our journey. Along the way, we will learn how we might respond to questions such as: Why did poetry matter so much? What did poets write about? Was history considered to be different from literature? What kind of identities mattered to people living in the medieval Islamic world?