NEAREAST 515 - Society and Culture in Early Modern Iran
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Near East Studies (NEAREAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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This seminar explores the features of the ‘early modern’ in the Persianate world. Early modernity in Europe has been associated with a new centering of society, with the emergence of a private sphere, with the spread of literacy and the disciplining of the body. This ‘civilizing process,’ according to Norbert Elias, is made implicit through the production and dissemination of pedagogical manuals on proper etiquette, conduct and manners that intended to regulate social behavior and emotional expression. Are these salient features of societies that emerge in early modern Iran and northern India?

To probe the contours of the ‘early modern’ in Persianate landscapes we will study shared millenarian discourses in the sixteenth century that gave birth to colorful imaginations of cosmic change. What forms of knowledge were deployed to articulate millenarian visions in the Persianate world? What media were mobilized to communicate these visions? How was the sacred imagined and performed?

Course Requirements:

Weekly Posted Questions 20%
Participation 30%
Final Paper 50%

Intended Audience:

Graduate students primarily from NES, History and ALC

Class Format:

Seminar 3 hours/week

NEAREAST 515 - Society and Culture in Early Modern Iran
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001 (SEM)
Tu 5:00PM - 8:00PM
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