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ME3612   Cataclysm and Consolidation: the Reconfiguration of the Middle East in the Seventh Century

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: See

This module traces the collapse of the established political order across the Middle East, through the eclipse of Sasanian Persia and the emasculation of the East Roman Empire, and the dramatic emergence of a new and dynamic Islamic polity. The module will explore the political, social and cultural aspects of these developments, discerning what changed, and at what rate, and what survived relatively unscathed. All the topics will be explored through close analysis of translated extracts from a wide range of sources in Greek, Arabic, Armenian, Syriac and Latin, set alongside material, numismatic and papyrological evidence.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 60 credits from {ME1003, ME1006, ME2003, HI2001, MH2002} or pass at least 60 credits from {AN1002, AN2002, AN2003, CL2004}

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take ME3228

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 8%
Coursework: 32%

Re-assessment: 4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr T W Greenwood
Module teaching staff: Dr T W Greenwood