HIST 2251: Islam from Mongols to Modernity

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Course Format Lecture 2.0 h + Seminar 2.0 h + Lab. 0.0 h
Credits 3.0

Course Description

This course presents a study of the early modern and modern history of the Muslim world, beginning with the Mongol conquests of the mid 13th century and ending with the modern day. The course will examine the period from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, considering history, theological and judicial developments, philosophy, scientific thought, literature and art. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role that Islam has played in the unfolding of events in the Muslim world and how far the issues that have arisen in the region have been affected by the religiosity of its inhabitants. In adopting this perspective, the course will demonstrate how the Muslim world has developed into the form it has at present, enabling students better to understand the events and issues that they see making headlines today. The readings assigned in this course will include both primary sources and secondary literature.

No prior knowledge of Islam or its earlier history is required from students taking this course.

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