Weekly Short Written Assignments: Using the sources for the week, you will be asked to compose a short essay (approx. 600-800 words) with a thesis statement and evidence from the source in response to the question posed. These assignments provide you with the opportunity to examine one aspect of the weeks reading in greater detail and also to work on good writing techniques, applicable to any class. Cite all evidence using Chicago-style citation, with footnotes and a bibliography (which can include both works you cite directly and works that influence your thinking but that you do not cite directly). How did medieval people understand all of this destruction? One way to make sense of a devastating disease, naturally, is through existing theories about the world. That is exactly what people did. The most educated minds of the medieval world worked to understand the plague in a way that was in line with existing physical and metaphysical understandings. The conclusions medieval physicians and theologians might not seem correct to us but they were how medieval people thought about the plague. In order to understand their response, we need to understand their thought processes. As you read, consider: Dols chapter is a comparison between the western Christian and Muslim reactions to the plague. What argument is he making, overall, and what are some difference he notes in the response of the two religious groups? Where do Christian and Muslim experts agree in their understanding of the plague and where do they differ? Where do religious and medical experts agree or disagree? What were medieval theories governing medicine and how did those factor into responses to the plague? Directions Review -Aberth. Chapter 3 (introduction and documents 9-12), Chapter 5 (intro and documents 24, 28, 30), Chapter 7 (documents 39 ONLY). -Clement VI, Sicut JudieisPreview the document -Dols, Michael W. The Black Death in the Middle East. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1977. ACLS Humanities E-Book. Conclusion. Pp. 281-301.
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