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Course Description

This course aims to provide a general overview of Middle Eastern Islamic history from the rise of Islam in the 7th century AD to the present, with concentration on the cross-cultural interactions and conflicts between Islamic societies of the Middle East and the West and the influences both civilizations have had on each other throughout history. Particular attention will be on birth of Islam to the end of the Abbasid Empire, the Crusades, the Mongol invasions, the Ottoman territorial expansion, European intrusion into and colonization of Islamic states of the Middle East and Middle Eastern responses to Western hegemony and the new social, economic, and political developments of the 20th and 21st centuries that have shaped the relationships.

This is an online/virtual synchronous course that follows the published schedule of course meetings and requires attendance at all sessions. Tufts virtual courses are designed to provide high-quality, flexible, and interactive courses to Tufts and visiting students. For more information about virtual course policies and expectations, please visit 

This section is also open to rising high school students who are 11th or 12th grade students. High School students who enroll will be prompted to submit an additional application after enrollment including: a high school transcript, letter of recommendation, parental permission, and other required consent forms.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: None.

Refund Policy: The refund policy for Courses at Tufts offerings is dependent on the offering type: whether the offering is a course, workshop or short course, or in-demand offering. Please refer to the section details to confirm the type of offering as well as any exceptions to the standard refund policy. The refund policies for each offering type are viewable here:

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

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School of Arts & Sciences