September 03, 2009

Saliba, George
[ASCM V2008] Contemporary Islamic Civilization and [ASCM V2003] Introduction to Islamic Civilization

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Don't hate on Professor Saliba. He has clear expectations and a great sense of humor - unlike most Columbia professors. His class can be boring and attendance is bring other work to do! I wrote many papers while sitting in his class and you can totally absorb the information without taking notes. You will learn something in his class, I promise. It might not be the most enlightening hour and fifteen minutes of your life but it is an easy, 4 credit A that is completely worth the time. If you enjoy Princeton jokes and getting good grades, take this class.


Medium amount of reading that varies week by week. Stay on top of it or read it during lectures so you won't be overloaded for the midterm or final. Some TA's will give you reading quizzes or ask for responses to the readings.

Intro has 2 exams - a midterm and a final.
Contemporary has a midterm and a final paper that can be on a variety of topics.