ITALIAN 415 - Topics in Italian Studies
Section: 001 Crusade and Jihad in the Medieval Middle East
Term: FA 2014
Subject: Italian (ITALIAN)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of department.
Other Course Info:
Taught in English.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Rackham credit requires additional work.
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The broadly accepted story of the Crusades goes like this: From 1095 to 1291, Popes and European rulers appealed to Christian piety, mobilizing elites and the broader population alike to besiege and conquer the Holy Land — particularly Jerusalem — which had fallen into the hands of “infidel” Muslims. Muslim rulers, on the other hand, invoked Muslim piety by declaring jihad against the “unbelievers” in order to drive them from their land. The simplified story of the Crusades retains its power to agitate public opinion, and is still used by both Christians (like Samuel Huntington, who imagined a “clash of civilizations” based on cultural and religious difference) and Muslims (Al Qaeda continues to call western states “Crusaders”) in attempts to raise support and win hearts and minds. Yet almost nothing about the Crusades story is as it seems. In this class we will explore the complex realities beneath the seemingly clear surface of this story. We will focus on four topics in particular: the historical, economic and ideological factors that motivated both Crusaders and Jihadists; the intricate history of competition and cooperation in the Christian and Muslim settlements in the Holy Land during the era of the Crusades; the cultural exchange that occurred during the Crusades — in particular, new cultural practices that Crusaders took back from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe; and the afterlife of the Crusades in the modern European and Arab imagination.

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This course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. All readings are in English.

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ITALIAN 415 - Topics in Italian Studies
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001 (REC)
P
29764
Open
Wolv. Access
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9781472513519
The Crusades : a history, Author: Jonathan Riley-Smith. Third edit 2014
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ISBN: 0748606300
The crusades : Islamic perspectives, Author: Carole Hillenbrand., Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Repr. with 1999
Required
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