Online Courses in Middle East History
The overviews below describe some of the common online courses in Middle East history.
- Ancient Middle East History Course: Students explore Middle Eastern history beginning at the dawn of recorded human civilization. They study the art, law and literature of regional civilizations through 500 B.C. Economic and religious patterns may also be discussed.
- Middle East History Course: This online course delves into Middle East history beginning with the 16th century reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, and explores political and societal changes through the 20th century, including the discovery of oil and colonial occupation. The rise of Islam, the Middle Eastern women's rights movement and nationalism may also be included. Some courses discuss the dynamic relationship between Western and Islamic cultures.
- Historical Development of Islam Course: This course begins by tracing Islam's development from its 7th century beginnings to modern times, including culture, traditions and trends. Topics then shift focus to the spread of Islam throughout the world, highlighting specific countries to best illustrate the process.
- Modern Middle East Course: Students compare and contrast the recent histories of the Middle East and the United States. Classes discuss major modern historical events and may also focus on specific contemporary issues, such as women's rights.
- Women of the Middle East Course: This course centers around autobiographies and film that focus on of the lives of Middle Eastern women, told through first-person accounts. Students will learn about issues of feminism in the Middle East, historical events viewed from a female perspective, and shifts in the lifestyle and politics of the region.
- Anthropology of the Middle East Course: This course delves into how power and politics influence culture. Oral literature, verbal art and performance are analyzed.
- Architecture of Cairo Course: In this course, students take a close look at Egypt's famous city as it evolved throughout the Middle Ages. The Mamluk period which defined Islamic architecture is discussed in detail.
Middle East history is applicable to many professions, such as government service, education and international business; it may also be studied for personal interest. Students who need a flexible schedule can find Middle East history courses offered through distance education. Courses may be part of an online certificate program in Middle East and/or Central Asian studies, or bachelor's degree programs in liberal arts or history. Before enrolling, students should check to see whether a course is taught fully online or is in a hybrid format that requires time on campus or at a local facility. For example, some students may need to secure a local proctor for taking exams. Free online courses are also offered.
Middle East history courses are offered through online bachelor's and certificate programs; free online courses are available as well. Topics include ancient anthropology, architecture and Islam.