HIST 135
The Coffeehouse from Arabia to the Enlightenment Fall 2018
Division II Writing Skills
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Invented in sixteenth-century Arabia, the coffeehouse soon made its way to Egypt and Istanbul and then to Western Europe. This institution offered a social space where men (and women) could congregate to discuss politics and ideas. Everywhere, it was an object of suspicion, yet its onward march proved unstoppable, and it even became one of the central spaces of the Enlightenment, the eighteenth-century movement that laid the foundations of modern Western secular thought. In this course, we will reconstruct the progress of the coffeehouse in order to understand what made it so special. Through its prism we will explore a crucial period in the history of Europe and the Middle East, and investigate how intercultural interactions and intellectual exchange shaped the modern world at a time of religious and political polarization.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1138
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance and participation; three short analytical papers; a final research paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: first-year or sophomore standing; juniors or seniors with permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students, and then sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia
HIST Group G Electives - Global History
HIST Group P Electives - Premodern

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