Arab-Islamic History: From Tribes to Empires

Learn about the history of the Arab and Muslim world during its first millennium, including political, social and cultural aspects.

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About this course

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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.

This course was produced at Tel Aviv University by TAU Online - learning innovation center.


At a glance

  • Language: English

What you'll learn

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  • How Islam rose as a new civilization in the Middle East
  • The main phases in medieval Arab and Islamic history
  • The role of the main political players within the Islamic community, state, and empire
  • How to interpret the characteristics of society and culture

Learner testimonials

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"I've taken over 30 courses online, and this is by far one of the best '…' So many of my "myths" or misconceptions about Islam and the Middle East are broken… "

"It is a beautiful course. I am a Muslim. It is a splendid account of history by great scholars"

"I have taken lots of online courses … This one is probably the BEST. Intelligent, easy to deal with, interesting and varied and with good illustrations"

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