Section Information for Spring 2014Islam is not usually associated with India. Yes, India has the Taj Majal, an iconic Muslim monument. But Islam is usually regarded as foreign and hostile to Hindu-majority India. This course explores a longstanding relationship between Islam and India, which produced not so much tensions with neighboring Pakistan and bombings by Muslim militants, as a rich and complex synthesis of both in today’s Indian culture, society and politics. Charting the presence of Islam in the Indian subcontinent from the 8th century to the 20th, this course will use primary and secondary sources to investigate the role of Muslim states, scholars, saints and social groups in developing an Indian Islam, and how experience of empire and nation-state formation impacted their efforts to the present-day.
Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.
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