Course: HIST 425. History of the Early Modern Middle East (3)
Recommended Preparatory: HIST 185. This course will trace the history of the Early Modern Middle East from the Mongol destruction of Baghdad in 1258 to the Napoleonic invasion of Egypt in 1798. It will focus on political events, but there also will be substantial discussions of cultural, economic and social history. The aftermath of the Mongol invasions and the rise and development of the Gunpowder Empires, including the Mamluks, Ottomans, il-Khans and Safavids, will be emphasized. Special attention will be paid to the interaction of these empires and the cultures that developed under their control with each other and with non-Middle Eastern states and cultures. Available for graduate credit.