Feb 18, 2019  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19

HST 139 - Christian and Islamic Cultures in Peace and Conflict


Course Description: This course will explore themes from life in Medieval Spain that are still reflected in today’s global headlines.  A period from the 5th century to 1492, this was a time and place when religiously rooted cultures were in conflict on the battlefield, in the political arena, and in the arts.  Major attention will be given to the singular moment of interaction between Muslims, Christians and Jews, which - for a time - developed a culture of tolerance among the three faiths.

ISLOs: This course supports student development of Written and Oral Communications, Critical Thinking, and Multicultural and Global Perspectives.
Prerequisite(s): Eligible for ENG 101.
Note(s): This course satisfies a Social Science Elective.
This course has been approved to meet the Core Curriculum General Education requirement.

Course Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze the political and social struggles of Muslims, Christians and Jews through a period of peace and conflict (711 to 1492).
  • Explain how cultural concepts of race undermine the political power of Muslims in Al-Andalus.
  • Examine the Caliphate of Cordoba, the Christian kingdoms in northern Spain, the end of the Umayyad dynasty.
  • Identify and explain the diverse social structure in Al-Andalus: Berbers, Mozarabs, Muladies, and slaves.
  • Examine the culture legacy of the pilgrim route to Santiago of Compostela in Medieval Christian Spain and Western Europe.
  • Compare and contrast Muslim and Christian Granada.

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