Southwest Asia & Islamic Civilization

Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization provides students with conceptual skills that will assist them in interpreting the revolutionary course of events taking place in what was the core region of Islamic Civilization. At the regional level the geographical focus of the field includes Southwest Asia (roughly South Asia to Egypt), the Eastern Mediterranean, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. At the global level of analysis its courses are particularly concerned with how the history, culture, politics, and economics of the states and societies of this portion of Eurasia condition the human response to an accelerating impact of global change. Lectures, reading assignments, and other course requirements are specifically designed to fit the curriculum of The Fletcher School and will develop students’ interest in Southwest and Central Asia into a firm understanding of the complexity of the region.