HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Section: 001 Islam at Sea: The View from the Indian Ocean
Term: FA 2017
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Other Course Info:
This course may not be included in a History major. F.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines the history of Islam and Muslim communities from the perspective of the Indian Ocean, which for over a millennium has connected the Middle East, East Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and China to one another. While popular representations of Islam often portray it as a land-based religion carried by conquering armies and camel caravans from one town to another, it was always also an oceanic religion that was equally at home in bustling port cities and on the high seas. Over the course of the semester, we will explore a variety of themes pertaining to the history of Islam in the Indian Ocean World, including Islam's diffusion to South and Southeast Asia, trade networks and exploration, religious pilgrimage to Mecca, migration between India and Africa, and the cultural exchange of music and literature. How did Islam change as it moved throughout the Indian Ocean? What role did Muslim merchants and explorers play in connecting distant regions of the Indian Ocean together? How did religious pilgrimage create and sever ties between co-religionists? We will investigate these and other questions using a wide range of historical sources, including seafaring stories, travel narratives, colonial records, first-person accounts of religious pilgrimage, short stories, and film.

The primary goal of this course is to help you develop and hone the writing skills you will require for the rest of your college careers. Over the course of the semester, we will explore how to write strong thesis statements, construct historical arguments, and draw connections between primary and secondary sources. You will also write and revise several short essays as well as a final paper. You will receive regular feedback from me and your peers through a combination of peer editing, in-class collaborations, written comments, and individual meetings.

Class Format:

Two combined discussion/writing workshops per week.

HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
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MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
Note: ALL SECTIONS OF HISTORY 195 ARE RESTRICTED TO FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS.
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