Course Description: Exploration of the relationship between religion and politics in Islamic history, from the rise of Islam in the seventh century to modern times. The course defines the Islamic world broadly, including the Indian subcontinent and Africa. Prerequisite: Three hours of History.
Section Description: This course examines the relationship between religion and politics in Islamic history, from the rise of Islam in seventh-century Arabia until modern times. We will use a range of primary and secondary sources in the course of our study. Our focus will be mainly on historical trends in the Middle East and North Africa, with some discussion of the Indian subcontinent. Through a chronological and thematic approach, we will explore relevant examples of politicized Islam such as the notion of the Caliphate; the rise of Sunni and Shiite governments; the development of various forms of Islamic radicalism and reform; reactions to secularism and colonialism; and modern Islamic political activism. No prior knowledge of Islam or the Middle East is assumed; those possessing prior knowledge are, however, welcomed. Prerequisite: Three hours of History
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Instructor(s): Bogac A. Ergene
Meeting Dates: 13 Jan 2020 - 01 May 2020