Maricopa Community Colleges

Official Course Description:  MCCCD Approval: 12-9-2008

AHU245  2013 Spring - 9999

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Arabic Culture and Islam

A survey of Arab heritage in the Arab world (Middle East). Cultural and social institutions and their contribution to the development of the region and its heritage.

Prerequisites: None.


Course Attribute(s):

General Education Designation: Global Awareness - [G]

General Education Designation: Humanities and Fine Arts - [HU]

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:



AHU245  2013 Spring - 9999

Arabic Culture and Islam


1.         Trace the origins of Arab heritage and culture, Arab landmarks, and human diversity. (I)

2.         Describe pastoralism and nomadic society. (I)

3.         Evaluate power, leadership, patronage, and tribalism. (I)

4.         Describe the origin and spread of Islam. (II)

5.         Explain Islam as culture and politics. (II)

6.         Analyze sources of social organizations: kinship, marriage, and the family. (III)

7.         Portray women and moral order. (III)

8.         Analyze communal identities and ethnic groups. (IV)

9.         Summarize the human condition today in the Arab world as it relates to Islam. (V)


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MCCCD Official Course Outline:



AHU245  2013 Spring - 9999

Arabic Culture and Islam


I.          History

            A.        Arabian peninsula

                        1.         Pre-610 C.E.

                        2.         Hijaz region versus other areas

                        3.         Landmarks

            B.        Geological foundations, climate, and water

            C.        Population and settlement

            D.        Pastoralism and nomadic society

            E.         Rise of civilization

            F.         Cultural heritage

                        1.         Language

                        2.         Poetry

                        3.         Hospitality

            G.        Power and tribalism

II.         Islam

            A.        The scope of Islam

            B.        The rise of Islam

            C.        Muhammad and his prophecy

            D.        Realm of Islam after Muhammad

            E.         Duties and rituals

            F.         Sources of Islamic law

            G.        Sects among Muslims

            H.        Sufism in Islam

            I.          Islam as culture

III.       Sources of Social Organizations and Women’s Moral Order

            A.        Terms of kinship

            B.        Family and household

            C.        Marriage and marriage arrangements

            D.        Post-marital residence and residential patterns

            E.         Women and the veil

            F.         Sexual modesty

            G.        Honor and shame

            H.        Changing roles of women in a modern world

IV.       Communal Identities and Ethnic Groups

            A.        Ethnicity and race

            B.        Language and religion

            C.        Non-Muslim communities

            D.        Regional ethnic grouping

V.        Islam Arab World Today

            A.        Human Condition

            B.        Political centralization

            C.        Economic development

            D.        Social and cultural dimensions of change



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