Middle East and Islamic Studies at Furman is rooted in the disciplinary methodologies of distinct fields of political science, history and religion. Students completing the minor will be equipped with interdisciplinary tools of analysis through an introduction to an increasingly complex and diverse part of the world. The courses contributing to the minor will help students recognize the connections between peoples and cultures of the region, and attempts to locate the significance of the Middle East and Islam in a global context.

To satisfy the requirements for the minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies, students must complete at least five courses which include:

  • at least one course from each of the participating disciplines,
  • no more than two courses from any of the participating disciplines, and
  • MES-401

For course descriptions, see listings under individual departments. On occasion, special topics courses are offered that also satisfy the requirements for the minor.

  • HST-151, Early Middle East
  • HST-152, Islamic Empires: Ottomans, Safavids, Mughals
  • HST-153, Modern Middle East
  • HST-203, Crusades
  • HST-251, Jews and Christians of the Islamic Lands
Political Science:
  • PSC-225, Politics of the Middle East
  • REL-251, Jerusalem: 1 City, 3 Faiths
  • REL-222, Introduction to Islam
  • REL-322, Muhammad and the Qur'an
  • REL-323, Women, Gender, Islam

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