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MO3080   Nomadic Heritage and Persianate Culture: the Iranian world from Timurids to the Safavids (1370-1722)

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: See

Between the Middle Ages and the modern period, the Middle East was dominated by dynasties of Turkish origins. Militarily supported by Turkish tribesmen, often seeking legitimacy in the political ideals of the great nomadic conquerors of the 13th-14th centuries, these dynasties also patronised a renaissance of Persian culture, and the greatest of them, the Safavids, laid the foundations for the modern Iranian state. This module investigates how the Iranian world - including central Asia and eastern Anatolia - was shaped by these Turkic dynasties, especially the Timurids and Safavids, and the interplay of different cultural and ethnic forces that shaped the early modern Middle East. The course will make extensive use of the primary sources in English translation as well as the secondary literature.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 60 credits from {MO1007, MO1008, MO2008, HI2001, MH2002} or pass at least 60 credits from {ME1003, ME1006, ME2003, HI2001, MH2002}

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

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

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

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

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 13%
Coursework: 27%

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


Module teaching staff: Professor A Peacock