The Middle East as Seen Through Foreign Eyes: Antiquity to the 19th Century

Contributed By: Connor Seidenschwarz
Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Image/Photo, Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The Oriental Institute, The University of Chicago
Author: Matthew W. Stolper
Collection: Teaching the Middle East
Condition of Use: Custom Permissions

This module provides essays and lesson plans for teachers who want to explore the real historical relationships between Europe and the Middle East, which have involved not only conquest, but also commerce in goods, technology, and learning. The module focuses on the transmission, loss, and rediscovery of knowledge about the remote antiquity of the Middle East. It includes the following essays:

“The Greeks and Persians”

“Christianity and Islam”

“The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries CE”

“How Did Medieval Europeans Encounter the Antiquity of the Ancient Near East?”

“How did Europeans learn about the Middle East and its past in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries CE?”

“Whose antiquity is Near Eastern antiquity?”

“Did History Begin With the Greeks?” >

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