HIS 112
Unit 3:  Persia, a Gunpowder Empire?
Shah Mosque

The Shah Mosque in Isfahan was built at the height of Safavid power in the seventeenth century, during the reign of the greatest of the Safavid monarchs, Shah Abbas I (1587–1629); currently a UNESCO world heritage site.  Photo source was en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Shah_Mosque_in_Esfahan.jpg.

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What you must do in this unit What you can do in this unit
  • Read the Sample Historical Document Analysis, based on some excerpts from Hammurabi's code of law.  The sample illustrates some of the questions that a historian asks when reading a historical document.  This is what you will be doing in this course.
  • Listen to some further information about this unit as a mp3 file.  You can also read the information as a txt file.
Some videos that you can watch for this unit Extra Credit Options
  • Take the short 5-point quizzes for chapters 17 and 22. Log into Blackboard and look under "Chapter Quizzes." You have five minutes to complete each quiz (multiple-choice questions).
  • For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, read The Status of Jews and Christians in Muslim Lands (1772) and in a long paragraph comment upon the nature of Muslim-Jewish-Christian relations in the eighteenth century.
  • For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, read François Bernier, An Account of India and the Great Moghul, 1655, and write a long paragraph in which you explain Shah Jehan's style of rule.
  • For extra credit of a maximum of 10 points, you can submit the answers to the Chardin study questions.  Please write in formal, complete sentences.
  • For extra credit, please suggest a relevant website for this unit of the course.  Send the title of the site, the url and a brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to the material being studied this unit.

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