AAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Fall 2022, Section 011 - Ancient Nubia: Empire and Identity in Northeast Africa
Instruction Mode: Section 011 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Details

Credits:
3
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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Description

Thousands of years ago the Nile Valley was the birthplace of many ancient cultures. Yet the monuments and texts of Egypt have long overshadowed the vibrant cultures and kingdoms that lay further to the south in the region known as Nubia (or Kush), in what is today southern Egypt and northern Sudan. From the origins of village life and agriculture to the massive temples and tombs of Kerma to the pyramid burials of kings and queens at Meroe, this course introduces students to the world of ancient Nubia. It also interrogates how Nubia has been understood as part of, or at times excluded from, ancient history writ large.

Bordered by Egypt to the north and sub-Saharan Africa to the south, Nubia's wealth and international contacts were based on its control of rich gold resources as well as extensive trade in ivory and other commodities from sub-Saharan Africa. Developing as both a trade partner and military opponent of Egypt, and in later times its Greek and Roman rulers, Nubia’s cultural contacts also extended into the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, to the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

This course centers Nubia as a major African civilization and as a critical player in the ancient world more broadly from the first settlements of the Nubian Nile Valley as early as 10,000 BCE, through the rise of the Kingdom of Kush by 2000 BCE and extending to the final collapse of the capital city of Meroe around 350 CE. We will examine material culture as well as cultural practices such as burial. We will also read key ancient texts in translation and examine key monuments and objects in detail.

Intended Audience:

Upper-level undergraduates in Middle East Studies, African Studies, Anthropology, Museum Studies, and History of Art

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

Schedule

AAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
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001 (SEM)
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
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28954
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10
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
007 (SEM)
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
008 (SEM)
 In Person
35241
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13
 
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M 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: This section of this class will be taught at the UM Detroit Center. Transportation provided.
009 (SEM)
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35308
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9
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
010 (SEM)
 In Person
35459
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8
 
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W 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: All classes will be taught at the UM Detroit Center. Transportation provided.
011 (SEM)
 In Person
35929
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8
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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