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MARA 365 - The Culture and Civilization of the Arab World

This course provides an overview of the cultural history of the Arab world with an emphasis on the “Golden Age” (eighth to thirteenth century). Special attention is given to some topics at the core of this period, namely the intellectual dynamics, sciences and arts. The Arab civilization is put into the political, social and religious contexts that allowed it to emerge and flourish. This course is taught in English and no prior knowledge of Arabic is required.


  • not currently offered


Please refer to the Course Outline below.


Undergraduate, 3 credits


NOTE: Students who have received credit for MARA 365 under a different title may not take this course for credit.


The material of this course consists of chapters from the following books:

- Hourani, Albert. A History of the Arab Peoples. First Harvard Univ. Press, 2010
- Hayes, John R. Editor - The Genius of Arab Civilization. New York Univ. Press, 1975

All readings are available as an online coursepack. In addition to the required readings, some lessons will include links to important videos.

Registration Information:

Concordia students must register for this course in their Student Hub. It is strongly recommended that they consult Concordia's class schedule prior to enrolling in order to be aware of any registration restrictions (see the notes). Once registered, students must then sign up for an eConcordia account to access the course material. » Visit the registration section for details.

Disclaimer: Information regarding the eConcordia course found on this page may change without notice. For the most recent course list, visit the Student Hub. Furthermore, if this represents the initial offering of the course, no course outline will be available until the start of the first active semester.