HISTORY 325 - The History of Islam in South Asia
Section: 001
Term: FA 2014
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
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.
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 440 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.

Required texts:

  • Jamal Elias, Islam (Prentice Hall, 1999).
  • Jamal Elias, Death Before Dying (University of California Press, 1998).
  • Sugata Bose and Ayesha Jalal, Modern South Asia, 3rd edition (Routledge, 2010).
  • Rokeya Hossain, Sultana’s Dream (Feminist Press, 1989).
  • Course Requirements:

    Evaluation in this course will be based on participation, three one-page response papers, a 4-5 page essay, and two in-class exams.

    Intended Audience:

    This course will be of interest to those interested in the history of India and/or Pakistan and/or Islam. This course does not assume any prior knowledge of South Asian or Islamic history and has no prerequisites.

    Class Format:

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    HISTORY 325 - The History of Islam in South Asia
    Schedule Listing
    001 (LEC)
    TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
    002 (DIS)
    Tu 1:00PM - 2:00PM
    003 (DIS)
    W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
    004 (DIS)
    W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
    NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

    ISBN: 9780520212428
    Death before dying the Sufi poems of Sultan Bahu, Author: translated and introduced by Jamal J. Elias., Publisher: University of California Press 1998
    ISBN: 0132662639
    Islam, Author: Jamal J. Elias., Publisher: Prentice-Hall 1999
    ISBN: 9780415779432
    Modern South Asia : history, culture, political economy, Author: Sugata Bose and Ayesha Jalal., Publisher: Routledge 3. ed. 2010
    ISBN: 9780935312836
    Sultana's dream and selections from The secluded ones, Author: Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain ; edited and translated by Roushan Jahan ; afterword by Hanna Papanek., Publisher: Feminist Press 1st ed. 1988
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