December 22, 2013

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.

I took the full year course of Saliba's sequence to fulfill my Global Core requirement. The classes are pretty similar, but I slightly preferred Contemporary Islamic Civilization (taught in the spring) because it had more interesting readings overall.
Both classes are the same- boring lectures, interesting readings, and good TA's. Attendance is required but you can always have a friend sign you in if you guys make a schedule. That said, I always attended lecture because Saliba will basically give you a summary of the readings that are extremely useful for the tests. Essentially, show up and write down what is on the slideshow before going back to your reddit/facebook/whatever to ensure you don't fall asleep
Saliba himself is adorable. Basically a silly Mr. Feeney that likes to do things like play Shakira when he is bored.
The readings are way more interesting than lecture. They're a little biased but I still learned a ton! They're not super long for the most part. In CIC there were one or two novels we had to read (Mahmouz and a Said work) that were fascinating, take the time to read them!
The exams are really straightforward. So long as you go over slide notes and the readings and interpret them in the same way Saliba did,expect to perform well.
Overall, a good global core with a boring lecture, good TA's, and interesting readings that isn't too hard.

Workload:

CIC- midterm, final. Both were 8 quote ID's (interpreting them, not figuring out who they were said by) and a choice of 2 essays from 5 prompts.
IIC- midterm, final. 20 MC- from the readings, pretty doable, and some essays.