RELIGION 325 - The History of Islam in South Asia
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Religion (RELIGION)
Department: LSA Studies in Religion
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Notes:
If the class is full, students should get on the WAITLIST through wolverine, and then attend the first class meeting. Policies and procedures for handling the waitlist will be explained there.
May not be repeated for credit.
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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.

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

ISBN: 0520920465
Death before dying : the Sufi poems of Sultan Bahu, Author: Sult?a?n Ba?hu?, 1630-1691., Publisher: University of California Press 1998
ISBN: 041577943X
Modern South Asia : history, culture, political economy, Author: Bose, Sugata., Publisher: Routledge 2011
ISBN: 1558617353
Sultana's Dream : And Selections from The Secluded Ones., Author: Hossain, Rokeya Sakhawat., Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY 2013
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