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HIST 436 - The Holy Land - Ancient to Modern

  • 3 credits

Some history courses focus on a broad region over decades, even centuries. This course examines the history of a very small and contested region over a span of more than 3,000 years. Issues we will investigate include: the importance of physical geography, material culture, the Bible, and other ancient texts for understanding the history of ancient Canaan (biblical Israel & Judah) in the context of the ancient Near East; competing conceptions of the Holy Land in the Jewish (Eretz HaKodesh), Christian (Terra Sancta), and Islamic (al-Ard al-Muqaddasa) traditions in antiquity and the middle ages; competing conceptions of the Holy Land in the context of the modern Middle East.


The lectures for this CSU Online course will be available via the Echo360 link on the HIST 436 Canvas Page. The lectures are the lectures for the on-campus section of HIST 436, which will be livestreamed on TR 11:00am–12:15pm (Mountain Time). CSU Online students are welcome to participate in the livestreamed class lectures/discussions via the chat function in Echo360 when their schedules permit.


3 credits of HIST.

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • Jerusalem: The Biography (2012)
    Montefiore, Simon Sebag
    ISBN: 978-0307280503
  • The Oxford Illustrated History of the Holy Land (2018)
    Williamson, H. G. M. & Hoyland, Robert
    ISBN: 978-0198724391
  • Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn (2017)
    Gordis, Daniel
    ISBN: 9780062368751
  • Oriental Neighbors: Middle Eastern Jews and Arabs in Mandatory Palestine (2016)
    Jacobson, Abigail & Moshe Naor
    ISBN: 978-1512600063

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


James E. Lindsay

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I joined the Department of History at Colorado State University in 1996. My teaching repertoire includes courses on ancient, medieval, and modern Middle East history. My research is focused on the history and historiography of the Islamic Near East in the middle ages.


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