REL 279
Islam on the Indian Ocean Spring 2024
Division II
Cross-listed GBST 279 / ARAB 279 / ASIA 279

Class Details

While colonial and Eurocentric geographies speak in terms of continental separation, historically the continents of Africa and Asia have been connected to one another through a dual link: Islam and the Indian Ocean. Indian Ocean trade and travel have historically connected East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, South Asia, and South East Asia, shaping the lives of people and communities who lived not only along the coasts but also inland. This course focuses on these transregional connections, looking at the Indian ocean as a connective space that binds people and regions together rather than separating them. The course will also examine the role of Islam as a religious, economic, social and political force that brought together Muslim communities throughout the regions along the Indian ocean. In exploring these connections, the course will cover a broad historical period, from the 7th century with the rise of Islam to European colonialism and the emergence of a global economy in the nineteenth century.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3718
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly responses, midterm essay, final paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST 279 Division II ARAB 279 Division II REL 279 Division II ASIA 279 Division II

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