HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-003: History and Politics of Shiism
(Spring 2014)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR

Robinson Hall A245

Section Information for Spring 2014

Shiism is a branch of Islam that has often dominated the news, but confusion remains as to how this branch of Islam relates to the larger Islamic context. In exploring a variety of different sources from the seventh century to the present, this course will chart the evolution of Shiism from its origins in a struggle over leadership of the Muslim community to its development of distinct rituals, law, and communal identity. The course will also explore how these differences inform current Shii-Sunni relations in Islam, as they are impacted by nation-state borders, revolutions, and external pressures. Course readings will consist of primary and secondary historical, legal, and literary sources.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3-6

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies, Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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