HIST 396
Muslims and Europe: From the Conquest of Algeria to the Present Spring 2010
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
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This course will explore Europe’s tumultuous relationship with North Africa, focusing on French and British colonialism and its aftermath in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics to be covered include Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, Anglo-French rivalry over the Canal and the Suez crisis of 1956, the Algerian Revolution and the anti-Islamic coup in 1991-2, and the migration of North Africans and Indian/Pakistani Muslims to Europe in the post 1945 period. Racial tensions, battles over headscarves, French hip-hop music, and Jewish-Muslim relations in contemporary France are among the topics to be explored with an eye to examining how Europe is coming to terms with its new multicultural identity. By comparing and contrasting Muslim and European societies, and by showing the ways in which colonial power and racial privilege affected these cultures, this course meets the EDI requirement as it seeks to develop an empathetic understanding of the position of Muslims in Europe today.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 15-20
Class#: 3190
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, a few short papers, and a longer research paper
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Attributes: HIST Group A Electives - Africa
HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia
INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives

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