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HISTORY (L22)  (Dept. Info)Arts & Sciences  (Policies)SP2017

L22 History 1550Temple & Palace in World History: Approaches to Religion and Politics in the Middle East3.0 Units
Description:This course aims to examine the ways in which temple and palace cooperated with and competed against each other in the Middle East from ancient to the present times. As sites of spiritual and political power, temples and palaces have played a major role in human history. They have been a source of cooperation and conflict by inspiring and regulating the spiritual and social lives of people, including how they enacted laws, developed cultures, established institutions, and interacted with each other as individuals, families, and societies. We will trace how their interactions produced various models of authority, law, and social association and how they collectively and separately rationalized social hierarchy and diversity in human societies, including the notions of equality, justice, hierarchy, morality, meritocracy, status, coercion and persuasion, gender, and class in various contexts. We will begin our examination from the 'city-states' of ancient Mesopotamia and move on to study the empires of the Islamicate Middle East, including the Caliphate, the Selçuk, Mamluk, Safavid, and Ottoman Empires. We will conclude the semester with a comparative overview of this enduring theme in world history to shed some light on our own experiences today. Introductory course to the major and minor.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CP Fees:
Course Type:HomeSame As:L23 1550  L75 1550Frequency:Every 1 or 2 Years / History


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