HIS 388K • Muslim Travelers and Traders
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
This course will use the phenomenon of Muslim Trade and Travel to explore themes related to trans-regional cultural, economic, technological, and political interactions. The readings for each week will focus on a specific theme, including: travel memoirs, land-based and sea-based trade, the transfer or technology and ideas, religious pilgrimage, religious interactions, the crusades, and the slave trade. Throughout, the focus will be on understanding the inter-relationships between different regions and groups of people. It will also use diverse trans-regional perspectives or observations to reflect on cultural, social, and religious themes.
Class participation 20% Paper I: detailed project Proposal/Report (5-15 pages) 20% Paper II: Historiographical analysis (5-10 pages) 20% Paper III: Research paper (20-30 pages) 40%