RELIGION 325 - The History of Islam in South Asia
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Religion (RELIGION)
Department: LSA Studies in Religion
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Notes:
If the class is full, students should get on the WAITLIST through wolverine, and then attend the first class meeting. Policies and procedures for handling the waitlist will be explained there.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Islam is usually associated with the Middle East, where the religion was born. The world's largest regional concentration of Muslims is in the Indian subcontinent, however. This Muslim community today, spreads across India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh and numbers approximately 420 million.

This is an introductory level course on the history of Muslim communities and institutions in South Asia. Its aim is to introduce students to the broad historical currents of the expansion of Islam in the Indian subcontinent, the nature of Muslim political authority, the interaction between religious communities, Islamic aesthetics and contributions to material culture, the varied engagements and reactions of Muslims to colonial rule, the partition of British India and the creation of Pakistan, and the contemporary concerns of South Asia’s Muslims. The course will begin with an introduction to the Islamic religious tradition. The main emphasis of the course will be on the social, political, and cultural history of Islam in South Asia.

Evaluation in this course will be based on participation, a midterm exam, a 4-5 page essay, and a final exam.

Required texts:

  • Sugata Bose and Ayesha Jalal, Modern South Asia (Routledge, 2004).
  • Jamal Elias, Death Before Dying (University of California Press, 1998).
  • Jamal Elias, Islam (Prentice Hall, 1999).
  • Barbara Metcalf, trans., Perfecting Women: Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanawi’s Behishti Zewar (University of California Press, 1992).

This course has no prerequisites, and does not assume any prior knowledge of South Asian or Islamic history.

RELIGION 325 - The History of Islam in South Asia
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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