The Legacy of the Crusades

The Legacy of the Crusades
4 sessions, 10 hours

Please note –  The printed schedule has the class scheduled for 5 sessions. Linda will be unable to teach on Feb. 22nd, so the start date will now be March 1st. The class will run for 4 sessions and last 2.5 hours each session. 

The “Crusades” — a series of declared “holy wars,” drawing the peoples of Christian Europe and the Middle East into an unprecedented series of bloody, and ultimately inconclusive, conflicts — stands out as one of the most pivotal chapters in the history of the modern world. The legacy of Western incursions into the Holy Land during Europe’s Middle Ages resonates with both cultures to this day. It is embedded into group perceptions and woven into popular folklore. Basic to an understanding of modern Middle Eastern history and current politics is an appreciation of this protracted series of campaigns referred to as “one of the most misunderstood events in western history” (Thomas Madden, A Concise History of the Crusades). This course will offer a departure from similar discussions on the subject, as it introduces a variety of first-person sources from both the East and West. Through film, audio-visual materials, and class discussion, this course will challenge many widely-held assumptions as it examines the complex series of factors that precipitated the Crusades, the chronology of major events, the principle historical figures involved, and, ultimately, the indelible imprint left by this transformative period in both Eastern and Western history. Popular assumptions that have been inspired by this legendary era, including the currently-fashionable theory of an inherent and irrevocable cross-cultural impasse between East and West, will be explored and discussed.

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Instructor: Linda Pappas Funsch is a specialist in modern Middle East studies and Islamic history. With a MA degree in Near Eastern Studies from New York University, she has studied, worked, and traveled extensively throughout the region. A freelance writer and consultant, she has taught at both Hood College and Mount Saint Mary’s University. She is featured frequently at scholarly symposia throughout the Washington, DC area, including The World Bank, the World Affairs Council, Georgetown University, and the National Council on US-Arab Relations. Ms. Funsch has led two ILR sponsored study visits to the Middle East region, including Egypt (2008) and Morocco (2013). Look for Linda’s book, Oman Reborn – Balancing Tradition and Modernization from Palgrave Macmillan.

ILR363 The Legacy of the Crusades
4-Digit Number: 3604
Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., March 1 – Mar. 22
Location: Student Center (H Building) / H202-203
Tuition: $40   Fee: $99    Total: $139
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only: $99 

Please note –  The printed schedule has the class scheduled for 5 sessions. Linda will be unable to teach on Feb. 22nd, so the start date will now be March 1st. The class will run for 4 sessions and last 2.5 hours each session. 

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