Modern Islamic Civilization – HIWD 341

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 06/30/2022

Course Description

A survey of Muslim Civilization and history since 1453, including the development of the modern Islamic state, Muslim philosophy and mysticism, religious practices, arts and literature. (Formerly HIWD 441).

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


To provide students with a broad and wide-ranging comprehension of the core beliefs, divisions and societies that makes up Islamic Civilization since 1500.  The underlying theme of this course is that the modern nation-states in Islam have yet to amend elements of Islamic life following the collapse of the Gunpowder Empires.  Current divides that exist in modern Islamic society indicate a continuous political struggle among the present Muslim powers dominated by past rivalries and external (mostly European) transmutations.  Secular nation-states stagnate within this eternal conflict.  The historical and present Christian response to Islam is also considered as well as the advent of the modern Jewish state of Israel in order to develop the student’s capacity to think critically and practice discernment within the context of Christian values.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will then complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 250 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 120 words in length. Each thread and reply must be supported with at least 1 scholarly citation in Turabian format. (CLOs D & F)

Proposal and Source List Assignment

The student will write a 2-3 page proposal for his/her Research Paper. The proposal must include a brief explanation of why the research is important, a working thesis statement, and 8-10 potential sources in a Turabian bibliographical list with both primary and scholarly secondary sources, no common knowledge sources. The proposal must conform to current Turabian format.  See “Proposal and Source List Assignment Instructions” for more guidance. (CLOs C & D).

Rough Draft Assignment

The student will write a 5-page rough draft of his/her Research Paper. The draft must include an introduction and thesis, a verifiable body, conclusion, and a potential bibliography with 10 total primary and scholarly secondary sources, no common knowledge sources. The proposal must conform to current Turabian format.  See “Rough Draft Instructions” for more guidance.  (CLOs B, C, D & E)

Final Submission Assignment

The student will write a 8-10 page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a Modern Islam topic. The paper must include outside references not including the course textbooks and the Bible, which may also be used. Both primary and scholarly secondary sources are required, no common knowledge source.  The minimum total sources needed for this project is 12. However, this can only be done once the other research steps have been completed. (CLOs A, B, C, D, E, & F)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Modules: Weeks in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice questions and have a 45-minute time limit. (CLO A)

Final Exam is comprehensive and will cover the Learn material for all course Modules: Weeks assigned. The Final Exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice questions and an essay question. It will have an hour and 15 minute time limit. (CLOs A & F)