Section Information for Fall 2013This course aims to serve as an in-dept introduction to major themes, problems, and interpretations of Middle Eastern and Islamic history. Innovative and representative texts of historical writing from ten different topics, i.e. orientalism, origins of Islam, and gender, will be critically examined to identify critical concepts, methodologies, ideological biases, cultural undertones, and theoretical frameworks in contemporary historiography. Existing paradigms will be critiqued and new approaches will be put to scrutiny. Different ways of historical thinking, analysis, and writing will be explored. Peculiarities of Middle Eastern and Islamic history and its shared rhythms with broader world history will be emphasized. The principal assignment will be to write a research paper that reflects the set of skills and tools of historical writing demanded by the topic of choice.
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Investigates selected problems in global and comparative history, covering multiple countries or world regions.
May be repeated for credit when topic is different.