This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
The Middle East was the inventor of civilization itself, and the great Islamic empires have added to the list of cultural firsts and accomplishments. This course is not focused on the detailed history or politics but will introduce the humanities - the philosophy, religion, art, and music - of a region that too often is only considered in terms of conflicts.
It will introduce the cultural firsts of the Sumerian, Babylonian, Assyrian, and Persian empires and note the cultural achievements of the Umayyad, Abbasid, Seljuk Turk, Moor, and Ottoman Turk empires up to WWII.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.