Societies in the Middle East
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Lähis-Ida ühiskonnad
Course title in English
Societies in the Middle East
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2023/2024 Spring semester
Üllar Peterson (language of instruction:Estonian)
lecturer of 2024/2025 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
To create a comprehensive understanding about pre-Islamic society in the Middle East and the influence of historical changes in connection with the appearance of Islam.
Brief description of the course
Overview of the history of society in pre-Islamic times and changes brought about by the appearance of Islam. Historical development of classical Islamic society and its religio-philosophical background, the minorities, social influence of other cultures. Modern Middle Eastern states in the changing political and social conditions in the 20th century and the role of religion in them. The thematic focus may change each year according to the preferences of the lecturer.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- has knowledge about the history of society in the Middle East;
- has practical skills to critically assess information and factual material;
- has ability to point out classical traditional component in modern Islamic societies and analyze its modern influence.
Üllar Peterson