Survey of Middle East from 500 to the Present: 1700 to the Present
It's obvious I'm an exception because I do NOT like Prof. Gelvin. I actually prefer Prof. Morony over Gelvin, and that alone says a lot. He's condescending and passive aggressive- two characteristics I absolutely hate in a person. He wastes time joking around with students, which is cool, if he's not gonna talk an extra 5 minutes at the end of class to make up for it. We were always let out late and I was consistently late to my next class. His class focuses on the why and how instead of the what. To me, though economy is important in developing the Middle East into what it is today, I don't want every lecture about it. I'm not taking an econ class. His papers are ridiculous. He asks so much for the second one and expects you to answer about 15 questions (5 total questions with 3 sub-questions each) in just a 6 page paper. He's too demanding. The questions on his final are so broad, I don't know how he expects his students to memorize the whole narrative of the M.E. from the 16th century on. If you don't have to take him, don't. But hey, my opinion is obviously the minority so you just might like the class as other people obviously do!