“Islam in Modern History” explores how Islam has shaped, and been shaped, by the historical developments of the past two centuries. The course begins with an introduction to early Islamic history and the basic precepts of the religion.
It then explores the modern history of Islam through the writings of key actors and thinkers, from Muhammad Abduh to Ruhollah Khomeini, placing their ideas within a broader social and political context. Reading the words of Muslim thinkers is especially important today when much is being said about Islam and Muslims by those with little understanding or learning of the religion or its history.
Dr. Dale Stahl is an environmental historian specializing in the history of the modern Middle East. His research and teaching interests center on state formation and governance, environmental resource management, international relations, and economic development. He teaches courses on global environmental history, the political and social history of the Middle East, the history of technology and science, and Islamic history.
Professor Stahl is currently working on a manuscript based on his dissertation, “The Two Rivers: Water, Development and Politics in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin, 1920-1975,” which explores the political and environmental history of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Specifically, the book traces the connections between governance, resource extraction, and state formation in Turkey, Syria and Iraq.
Email: Dale.Stahl@ucdenver.edu Phone: 303-315-1747 Office Location: AB1/Student Commons 3122
See Dr. Stahl interview Dr. Mahmoud Jibril, the former prime minister of Libya in the video below.
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