You will study this course in two parts. The first presents the main political events that set the chronological framework for the course, namely 6th century to the arrival of the Ottomans in the Middle East in the beginning of the 16th century. The second part delves into social and cultural realities of the medieval Middle East.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
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How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
Karen Carlsoncompleted this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Very good course, with a nice balance between historic events (rulers, battles, invasions) and cultural background (art, religion, ethnicity, values and customs, the realities of everyday life).
Materials were varied - video lectures; written documents; on-camera interviews with a variety of historical, archaeological, and cultural experts; examination of primary sources in translation. I've always found the jumble of peoples and places in the medieval Middle East to be confusing; I found this course very helpful in getting a better handle on it. High production standards as well. I particularly enjoyed the glimpse into manuscripts.
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Very valuable course on an area of prime importance to understand in this day and age. The instructor was great and so were the visuals. I will review this from time to time as the world turns. I hope another course is forthcoming covering from the medieval period to the present.
Dave Rawlingsaudited this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Excellent introduction to the subject matter. Well produced and engaging. Provided an understanding of the complexity of the place and time in a straightforward manner. A nice mix of methods - lectures, scripts, interviews and materials. I enjoyed the course.