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History 354

Course Syllabus

Fall, 2000

Instructor:

Elton L. Daniel

Sakamaki A-415

956-7149

Office Hours: I will be available for consultation with students during regular office hours, TTh 8:00-9:00 and 12:30-1:15, in Sakamaki A-415. If this time is not suitable for you, an individual meeting can be arranged at our mutual convenience. You may also send me email (edaniel@hawaii.edu) and check course materials on the World Wide Web (http://www2.hawaii.edu/~edaniel/hist354.html).

Textbooks:

Francis Robinson, ed., Cambridge Illustrated History of the Islamic World

Course Requirements and Grading: This course is being offered as writing intensive this semester and will consequently emphasize prose composition as part of the classwork. Requirements include one report on a topic of the student's choosing related to subjects covered in the course, two midterm exams, and a final exam. ).

TENTATIVE CLASS SCHEDULE

Date

Topic

Suggested Reading

August 22:

Introduction

August 24:

Images of Islam and the West x-xxiii

August 29:

The Pre-Islamic Middle East 2-5

August 31:

The Life of Muhammad 5-8; handout

September 5:

Wars of Expansion and Conquest Society

6-16; handout

September 7:

The High Caliphate 16-31

September 12:

The Maghreb and the Fatimids 32-37

September 14:

The Turkish Era

37-45

September 19:

The Mongol Catastrophe and Revival

45-61

September 21:

The Imperial Age

62-89

September 26:

First Exam

September 28:

The Koran

handout

October 3:

The Ritual Practices

handout; film

October 5:

The Ulema and the Religious Sciences

208-213

October 10:

The Scientific Tradition

213-215; 228-229

October 12:

The Sufi Tradition

215-218

October 17:

The Transmission of Knowledge

219-231

October 19:

The Sufi Orders

231-241

October 24:

Classical Islamic Literature

250-274; handout

October 26:

Classical Islamic Art and Architecture

250-274; handout

October 31:

Second Exam

November 2:

Economics of the Islamic Oecumene

124-156

November 7:

Holiday: Election Day
November 9: Traditional Islamic Society and Social Norms

164-186

November 14: Women in Traditional Islam 186-207
November 16: Islam and the West 90-121, 156-163
November 21: Intellectual Responses to the West 241-249
November 23: Holiday: Thanksgiving
November 28 Imperial Islamic Arts 274-282
November 30 Modern Islamic Arts 282-290
December 5: The Resurgence of Islam 291-301
December 7: Gender Relations and Islamic Societies 301-306

December 14:

FINAL EXAMINATION (9:45-11:45)

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