Historical Perspectives

Compare aspects of Middle Eastern culture before and after the advent of Islam with modules produced by scholars at the University of Chicago.

Writing and Literature

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Learn about some of the world’s oldest literature and writing systems with the Before Islam module. Then explore the development of the Qur’an and Qasida, the rise of Arabic verbal arts, the renaissance of Persian and Turkic languages, and literary engagement with the challenges of colonialism and modernity with the Islamic Period module.

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