Free Online Course on Arab-Islamic History: From Tribes to Empires

IsraelX is offering free online course on Arab-Islamic History: From Tribes to Empires. This course was produced at Tel Aviv University by TAU Online – learning innovation center.

In this nine-week course, applicants will learn about the history of the Arab and Muslim world during its first millennium, including political, social and cultural aspects. This course will start on December 19, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 9 weeks
Effort: 3-4 hours pw
Subject: History
Institution: IsraelX and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for ?3181
Session: Course Starts on December 19, 2017

Providers’ Details

IsraelX is a national consortium of higher education institutions in Israel, led by the Council for Higher Education and the Ministry for Social Equality.

About This Course

This course was produced at Tel Aviv University by TAU Online – learning innovation center.

Why Take This Course?

Students will study this course in two parts. The first presents the main political events that set the chronological framework for the course, namely 6th century to the arrival of the Ottomans in the Middle East in the beginning of the 16th century. The second part delves into social and cultural realities of the medieval Middle East.

Learning Outcomes

  • How Islam rose as a new civilization in the Middle East.
  • The main phases in medieval Arab and Islamic history.
  • The role of the main political players within the Islamic community, state, and empire.
  • How to interpret the characteristics of society and culture.


Miri Shefer-Mossensohn

Prof. Miri Shefer-Mossensohn is a social and cultural historian of the pre-modern Islamic world.



How To Join This Course

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