Course code Vēst2145
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 32 48
E-courses Vēst2145: The History of Arab Civilization II
Course annotation The course covers the greatest landmarks in the Modern Arab history. The modern Arab state system and the Arab national movement had its origins in the nineteenth century Ottoman system and the pattern of European influences on the fertile crescent. Arab nationalism which had its first home in Lebanon is discussed; "modernization" and the formation of a new political consciousness, directly influenced by European commercial, political, and educational penetration, are reflected. State programs of centralization or "Tanzimat", modernization, and movement for independence in 22 Arab countries are the subjects of this course.
Course responsible lecturer Jānis Priede
After successful studies students will be able
• to explain fundamentals of MENA regional history;
• to integrate elements of Arab history into world historic flow.
• to use the gained knowledge into the analysis of recent political situation.
Course plan 1. Theoretical foundations of the history of ME civilization L2
2. The migration of the turks to the ME region L2
3. Seldžuki un Bizantijas noriets Seljuks and fall of Bysantine Empire (1300-1453) L2
4. Osmans and other Turk tribes in Anatolia L2
5. Mehmed I and the political culture of Turks L2
6. Mehmed II and the fall of Constantinople L2
7. The conquest of Balkans L2
8. Sulaiman the Great and the climax of Sublime Porta L2
9. The decline of sultan’s power and the rise of bureaucracy L2
10. Ottomans, Russia and UkraineL2
11. Ottomans and Habsburgs L2
12. The Siege of Vienna and the decline of the Empire (1683-1798) L2
13. Foreign losses and the treaty of Kucuk-Kainarca L2
14. Tanzimat. The 2nd Constitutional period L2
15. Foreign policy of Tanzimat L2
16. The Court and Sultan’s autohority L2
Requirements for obtaining credit points Students’ assessment includes:
- mid-term examination (50%),
- final examination (50%)

Study programmes Asian Studies