5pm Friday April 5 to 12:15 pm Sunday, April 7, 2013
Where: Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall A51, Carnegie Mellon University
This one credit mini-course Muslims in a Global Context on The Gulf States and Iran is part of a series organized by regions around the world based on their role on the world stage, their importance within the Muslim world, and the critical influence they play in the global community. The series and course seeks to illuminate the various perspectives of the Muslim Community around the world. Drawing upon the expertise and research of participating faculty from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and our partners at institutions around the world, the mini course series seeks to have students gain understanding of the religious, culture, economics and political influences of Muslims in a global context.
Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course, students will:
1. Gain an understanding of history, governance, economics, law, gender education and political dimensions of the peoples and regions focused for each mini course.
2. Explore one of these factors in depth, through a research paper.
Faculty Presenters: TBA
Textbook: Engaging the Muslim World - Cole, Juan, St, Martens Press (2009) available at the University of Pittsburgh's Bookstore.
Description: The Muslims in the Global Context series offers the opportunity to examine the factors and trends that are having major impacts on these diverse regions and their relationships with other world regions and countries. The mini-courses consist of presentations on topics of critical importance to the understanding of Muslims in diverse regions of the world. In addition to attendance at all lectures, students enrolled for credit are required to develop and write a research paper on one of the themes of the mini-course and answer reflection prompts during the course. One- credit is provided for the completion of each mini-course.
Assessment: Due to the immersive nature of the course, students are expected to attend all sessions on all three days. Further, each student will be required to read the assigned book and develop a research paper on one dimension of Muslims in a global context that has been introduced in class. The paper should be based on one of the topics covered in the course. The length of the research paper will be 5-10 pages, double spaced in 11 point font. Research papers are due by April 26, 2013 and should be submitted through the University of Pittsburgh's Courseweb assignment tab for the course.
Audit Option: Carnegie Mellon students may also audit the course by attending all the sessions, but not writing the paper. You should be sure to process an audit form, both if you are auditing from the beginning or later if you have decided not to do a paper and want your status changed from credit to audit. Once the course has started students will be graded based on how they signed up for the course.
Sponsored by: University of Pittsburgh: Global Studies Center Carnegie Mellon University: Office of the Provost and Division of Student Affairs
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The Middle East refers to a set of countries located in North Africa, the Persian Gulf region, and Southwest Asia. These countries differ immensely geographically, politically, socially, economically, and culturally. However, they are collectively referred to as the "Middle East" because of their proximity to each other.
Broadly, the Middle East encompasses the following areas:
This guide includes both general Middle East resources and by country resources of external web resources. Individual country pages include links to general history and culture related websites, as well as news resources and official government websites.
Click on the country's name link above, or select from the drop-down menu under the "Resources by Country" tab above.
This research guide was created by Lois Kepes with the assistance of Dawnlyn Diehl, MLIS Graduate Intern at Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh in 2012 and 2013. Dawnlyn also researched and developed the country pages.