HIS 388K • 2-Intel Hist Indo-Iran Islam
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
The theme of this course is the influence of Iran and Iranian culture on the intellectual history of Islam in India. Weekly readings and discussions will cover the various topics: Iranian theories of kingship and political organization of Indian sultanates; the spread of Sufism from Iran and Central Asia into India, and the Sufis' role as preachers of Islam; Persian literary influence on Indian literary forms, especially poetry, chronicles, and ethical writings; Persian language and its influence on Indian languages; Persian architecture and painting and their influences on Indian arts.
Several short oral/written reports; one long research paper.
Readings from Schimmel, The Mystic Dimensions of Islam; Hodgson, The Venture of Islam; Sachau (ed. Embree), Al-Beruni's India; and xeroxed readings; perhaps some library reserves.