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AHUM 13A00 - From Córdoba to Samarkand : Introduction to the Arab and Islamic Civilization (570-1920)

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn and Spring 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

1st semester : Composed of six 2-hour sessions, this intensive core course aims to explore major moments of Arab & Islamic History, from the birth of Muhammad (570) to the end of the First World War and the subsequent collapse of the Ottoman Empire (1914-1924). From Córdoba to Samarkand, we will rely on sociological, political and geographical notions in order to explore together 1,500 years of historical processes. 2nd semester : Composed of six 2-hour sessions, this intensive core course aims to share a perspective on the history of contemporary Arab & Islamic world since 1916 (the secret Sykes-Picot agreement) until the Arab revolutions (2011-2018). Throughout the semester, this class will deliberately rely on multiple fields of research (political science, but also geography, sociology and anthropology) to understand the articulation of the main historical events of the 20th century Middle East, such as the partition of Palestine, the 6-day war, the Islamic revolution, etc.).


CIMINO, Matthieu L. (réserviste au ministère des Armées)

Pedagogical format

Session 1: The First World War and the Establishment of the Mandates (1920-1948) Session 2: The Second World War and the Creation of Israel (1948) Session 3: 6 Days of War (1967) Session 4: The Great Turn of 1979 Session 5: 9/11 & the "War on Terror" Session 6: Revolution(s), Europe & the Islamic State

Course validation

- In-Class Participation (10 % of the final mark) ; - Midterm exam - december - (40 % of the final mark) ; - Final exam -may - (50 % of the final mark).


This mandatory course will be completed by six 2-hour reading sessions. Questions, comments and other ideas for discussion are always more than welcome. Participation in class is strongly advised!

Required reading

  • Ira LAPIDUS, A History of Islamic Societies, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002, 1002 pp.
  • Anthony BLACK, The History of Islamic Political Thought, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011, 398 p.

Additional required reading

  • Eugene ROGAN, The Arabs: A History, London: Basic Books, 2011, 513 p.
  • Fred HALLIDAY, The Middle East in International Relations, Cambridge: CUP, 2005, 251 p.