RELIGION 325 - The History of Islam in South Asia
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Religion (RELIGION)
Department: LSA Studies in Religion
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU, RE
Waitlist Notes:
If the class is full, students should get on the WAITLIST through wolverine access.umich.edu, and then attend the first class meeting. Policies and procedures for handling the waitlist will be explained there.
Cost:
50-100
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Islam is usually associated with the Middle East, where the religion was born. The world's largest regional concentration of Muslims, however, is in the Indian subcontinent. This Muslim community, today spread across India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, 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. This course does not assume any prior knowledge of South Asian or Islamic history and has no prerequisites

Evaluation in this course will be based on participation, two exams, and a 5-6 page essay.

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).

RELIGION 325 - The History of Islam in South Asia
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
34869
Open
2
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
34873
Closed
0
 
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W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
34877
Open
4
 
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W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
P
43077
Closed
0
 
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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ISBN: 9780132662635
Islam, Author: Elias, Jamal J., Publisher: Prentice-Hall 1999
Required
ISBN: 9780415307864
Modern South Asia : history, culture, political economy, Author: Sugata Bose and Ayesha Jalal., Publisher: Routledge 2nd ed. 2004
Required
ISBN: 9780935312836
Sultana's dream and selections from The secluded ones, Author: Rokey?a?, Begama, 1880-1932., Publisher: Feminist Press 1988
Required
ISBN: 9780585111742
Death before dying the Sufi poems of Sultan Bahu, Author: Sult?a?n Ba?hu?, 1630-1691., Publisher: University of California Press 1998
Required
ISBN: 9780520064911
Perfecting women : Maulana Ashraf ?Ali Thanawi's Bihishti zewar : a partial translation with commentary, Author: Tha?nvi?, Ashraf ?Ali?., Publisher: University of California Press 1990
Required
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