Lesson Plans

WEEK #8

Monday, October 16  Meeting #28

*     Read Chapter 10, “Rebirth,” from “So he decided to conquer Constantinople” to “The shari’a, however, was not the only law in the land.“

*     Lecture #15b— The Ottomans (part 2)

Homework:

  • Read from “The shari’a, however, was not the only law in the land…“ to the end of the section on the Ottomans.
  • Exam Friday: Study Lectures #10 through #15. Be sure to have highlighted your book for easier reference.


Tuesday, October 17  Meeting #29

1.  Lectures 15a & 15b, "The Ottomans" 

2.  PBS, The Secret History of ISIS Season 34 Episode 10

Homework:

  1. Read the section in Chapter 10 entitled, “The Safavids (906-1138 AH).”  This is about 8 pages long.


Wednesday, October 18 Meeting #30

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/ng-interactive/2014/sep/24/friends-and-enemies-in-the-middle-east-who-is-connected-to-who-interactive
  2. Read the section in Chapter 10, from “The Moghuls (Roughly 900 to 1273 AH) to “This great Moghul emperor abolished the standing military aristocracy…” (5 pages) 
  3. Lecture #16, The Safavids
  4. PBS, The Secret History of ISIS Season 34 Episode 10

Homework:

  1. Read the section in Chapter 10, from “This great Moghul emperor abolished the standing military aristocracy…” to the end of Chapter 10 (9 pages) 


Thursday, October 19 Meeting #31

1.     Read Chapter 11, “Meanwhile in Europe,” from the start to “…the region they inhabited came to be known as Normandy.” (3 pages)

  1. Group work--answer together the question on the meanings of jihad.
  2. Lecture #17, The Mughals  

Homework:

  1. Read Chapter 11, “Meanwhile in Europe,” from “…the region they inhabited came to be known as Normandy” to “…The Muslim connection to the ancient Greek works was erased from European cultural memory.”

 

Friday, October 20    Meeting #32

  1. Read the text from “…The Muslim connection to the ancient Greek works was erased from European cultural memory” to “…an unrequited desire for real religious experience.”
  2. Lecture #18, Islam in Africa  

Homework:

  1. Read Chapter 11 from “…an unrequited desire for real religious experience” to “Why did this all happen in the West but not in the East?”


WEEK #9

Monday, October 23    Meeting #33

  1. Read Chapter 11 from “Why did this all happen in the West but not in the East?” to “…a king was big news all by itself.”  
  2. Develop your Concept Map comparing Islamic & European Intellectual & Scientific Developments
  3. Lecture #17, The Mughals

Homework:

  1. Read Chapter 11, from “…a king was big news all by itself” to the end of Chapter 11, “And then the two worlds began to intermingle.”    

 

Tuesday, October 24  Meeting #34

  1. Read Chapter 11, from “…why was he even in the mix?”  to “…was remaining celibate all his life.” (pp 208-211 in paperback).
  2. Demonstrate building an outline for "Jihad-Crusades" paper.
  3. Lecture #18, Islam in Africa  & Introduce Lecture #19b “Europe Awakes” (Part 1)
  4. Finish Frontline's "The Secret History of Isis"

Homework:

  1. Read Chapter 11, from “…was remaining celibate all his life.” to the end of Chapter 11. (pp 211-216 in paperback).
  2. Outline for "Jihad-Crusades" Paper #2 due Friday.  Final paper due starting Monday, late after Wednesday. 

 

Wednesday, October 25, Meeting #34

  1. Read Chapter 12, “West Comes East,” from the beginning to “…impact on the Islamic world.” (pp 217-219 in paperback).
  2. Refining Your Concept Map comparing Islamic & European Intellectual & Scientific Developments
  3. Lecture #19.2 “Europe Awakes” (Part II)

4.     View Syriana.

Homework:

  1. Read Chapter 12, from “…impact on the Islamic world” to “…a government that was already overburdened.” (pp 219-223 in paperback).
  2. Outline for "Jihad-Crusades" Paper #2 due Friday.  Final paper due starting Monday, late after Wednesday. 

 

Thursday, October 26, Meeting #35

  1. Read Chapter 12, “West Comes East,” from “…a government that was already overburdened” to “…who could bribe other people who knew people.” (pp 223-225 in paperback).
  2. Refining Your Concept Map comparing Islamic & European Intellectual & Scientific Developments
  3. Lecture #20.a, “West Comes East—Europe Colonizes the Middle World”

4.     View Syriana.

Homework:

  1. Read Chapter 12, from “…who could bribe other people who knew people.” to “…the land of the Moghuls.” (pp 225-230 in paperback).
  2. Outline for "Jihad-Crusades" Paper #2 due Friday.  Final paper due starting Monday, late after Wednesday. 


Friday, October 27,  Meeting #36

  1. Read Chapter 12, “West Comes East,” from “…the land of the Moghuls” to “…and finally subservient to them.” (pp 230-232 in paperback).
  2. Refining Your Concept Map comparing Islamic & European Intellectual & Scientific Developments

3.     View Syriana

Homework:

  1. Read Chapter 12, from “…and finally subservient to them” To “…the new Iranian national bank.”  (pp 232-238 in paperback).
  2. Outline for "Jihad-Crusades" Paper #2 due Friday.  Final paper due starting Monday, late after Wednesday. 

 

WEEK #10

Monday, October 30    Meeting #37

  1. Read Chapter 12, from “…the new Iranian national bank” to “…the “Great Game” went on.”  (pp 238-241 in paperback).
  2. Lecture #20.b (Chapter 12), “West Comes East—Europe Colonizes the Middle World”

Homework:

  1. Read Chapter 12, from “…the “Great Game” went on” to the end of Chapter 12  (pp 241-246 in paperback).
  2. "Jihad-Crusades" Paper #2 due this week, late after  Friday.  Outline must be included.

 

Tuesday, October 31, Meeting #38

  1. Practice Concept Maps: Political, Religious, Intellectual
  2. View Syriana
  3. Read Chapter 12, from the start of Chapter 13 to “…to reforming and reviving Islam.”  (5 pages--pp 247-252 in paperback).
  4. Lecture #21 (Chapter 13), “Revival & Reform”

Homework:

  1. Read Chapter 13 from the start of “Wahabbism” to “…as Lawrence of Arabia found his way to that desert.”  (6 pages--pp 252-257 in paperback).
  2. Short Quiz Friday on Lectures 14-21.
  3. "Jihad-Crusades" Paper #2 due this week, late after  Friday.  Outline must be included.


Wednesday, November 1, Meeting #39

1.     Read Chapter 13 from “…two Islamic concepts: shura and ijma” to the end of Chapter 13, “…he roamed so restlessly.” (5 pages, pp 263-268 in paperback.)

2.     Practice Concept Maps: Political, Religious, Intellectual

3.     View Syriana

4. Lecture #22a (Chapter 14), “Industry, Constitutions, & Nationalism,”

Homework:

1.     Read Chapter 14, from the beginning of the chapter to “…became a competitive asset.” (4 pages, pp 269-273 in paperback).

2. Short Quiz Friday on Lectures 14-21.

3. "Jihad-Crusades" Paper #2 due this week, late after  Friday.  Outline must be included.


Thursday, November 2,  Meeting #40

  1. Read Jihad Comes to Africa (found on the course webpage on the left).
  2. Practice Concept Maps: Political, Religious, Intellectual
  3. View Syriana

Homework:

1.  Read Chapter 13 from The Aligarh Movement: Secular Modernism” to  “…two Islamic concepts: shura and ijma.” (5 pages--pp 257-263 in paperback).

2. Short Quiz Friday on Lectures 14-21.

3. "Jihad-Crusades" Paper #2 due this week, late after  Friday.  Outline must be included.

 

Friday, November 3    Meeting #41

Forty Maps That Explain the Middle East:   https://www.vox.com/a/maps-explain-the-middle-east

1.   Short Quiz on Lectures 14-21.  

2. Read Chapter 14, from “…became a competitive asset” to “…a revelation-based manual for getting into heaven.” (3 pages, pp 273-276 in paperback.)

3.     Lecture #22b (Chapter 14), “Industry, Constitutions, & Nationalism”

4.    View Syriana

Homework:

1.     A Bigger Reading Weekend: Read by Tuesday, Chapter 14, from “…a revelation-based manual for getting into heaven” to “…Most of them returned to Europe, and the first ayilah petered out.” (9 pages, pp 276-285 in paperback).

 

WEEK #11

Monday, November 6    Meeting #42

Forty Maps That Explain the Middle East:   https://www.vox.com/a/maps-explain-the-middle-east

1.     In-Class Reading from “…Most of them returned to Europe, and the first ayilah petered out” to “…forces of Europe pressing from outside” (pp 285-288 in paperback)

2.     Lecture #22c Nationalism—“The Ottoman Empire & World War I”

3.     In-class 

Homework:

1.     Reading from “…forces of Europe pressing from outside” to “…This was the European theater.” (pp 289-294) in paperback.

    


Tuesday, November 7    Meeting #43

Guest Lecture: Tamim Ansary


1.     In-Class Reading from  “…This was the European theater” to the end of Chapter 14. (pp 295-299 in paperback)

2.     Lectures 22a, b, c -- Industry Commerce, & Nationalism

3.     Lecture #23, Rise of the Secular Modernists”  Chapter 15

Homework:

1.  Read from  “…This was the European theater” to the end of Chapter 14. (pp 295-299 in paperback) Reading from the beginning of Chapter 15, “Rise of the Secular Modernists” to “Or so it seemed.” (pp 301-306 in paperback) 


Wednesday, November 8    Meeting #44

1. Read from the beginning of Chapter 15, “Rise of the Secular Modernists” to “Or so it seemed.” (pp 301-306 in paperback) Forty Maps That Explain the Middle East:   https://www.vox.com/a/maps-explain-the-middle-east

2.     Quick Review of Lectures 22a, b, c -- Industry Commerce, & Nationalism

3.     Lecture #23, Rise of the Secular Modernists”  Chapter 15

4.     Lecture #24, “The Crisis of Modernity” Chapter 16

Homework:

1.  Study PowerPoints Lecture #23, Rise of the Secular Modernists”  Chapter 15 &  Lecture #24, “The Crisis of Modernity” Chapter 16   

2. Read from “Or so it seemed.” To “It’s not the heat, it’s the cupidity.” (pp 306) in paperback) Chapter 15 to the end of Chap 15 (pp 316 in paperback) “Rise of the Secular Modernists”

2.   Essay Exam Thursday:  American popular understanding of Middle East and global tensions/conflicts involving the "Middle World" tend to portray anti-Westernizing forces as  "Islamic extremists." 

    What are the sources of those tensions?  

    To what extent is that understanding accurate?  

    To what extent is it inaccurate?

    What is to blame for these tensions?

Be sure to illustrate your point with specific examples from history, emphasizing Lectures 20-24 (Chapters 12-17). 


Thursday, November 9    Meeting #45

Essay Exam: American popular understanding of Middle East and global tensions/conflicts involving the "Middle World" tend to portray anti-Westernizing forces as  "Islamic extremists." 

    What are the sources of those tensions?  

    To what extent is that understanding accurate?  

    To what extent is it inaccurate?

    What is to blame for these tensions?

Be sure to illustrate your point with specific examples from history, emphasizing Lectures 20-24 (Chapters 12-15). 


Homework:

1.   Study PowerPoint Lectures #24,  “The Crisis of Modernity,”  &  Lecture #25, “The Tide Turns” Chapter 17  

2. Prepare for your final exam. 

3. Read all of Chapter 16, “The Crisis of Modernity,” (pp 317-328 in paperback) by Monday.

                         

Monday, November 13

Forty Maps That Explain the Middle East:   https://www.vox.com/a/maps-explain-the-middle-east

1.     In-Class Reading from beginning of Chapter 17, “The Tide Turns,” to ”…not much good in the end even for Israel.” (pp 329-333 in paperback)

3.     Lecture  #25, “The Tide Turns,”

4.     Work on your Final Paper Project

Homework:

1.     Read Chapter 17 from ”…not much good in the end even for Israel.” To “no political participation in their country’s transformation.”  (pp 333-337 in paperback)

2.     Work on your Final Paper Project

 

Tuesday, November 14  

1.     In-Class Reading Chapter 17, from “no political participation in their country’s transformation.”  To “…religious zealots loyal to him.” (pp 337-341 in paperback).

2.     Study PowerPoint for Lecture  #24, “The Tide Turns,”

3.     “The Square” Documentary on Tahrir Square

Homework:

1.     Read Chapter 17  from “…religious zealots loyal to him.” to the end of Chapter 17. (pp 341-347 in paperback)

 

Wednesday, November 15

1.     In-Class Reading (pp 306-309 in paperback)

2.     Lecture #25, “Since 9/11”

3.     “The Square” Documentary on Tahrir Square

Homework:

1.     Read Chapter 17 (pp 349-357 in paperback)