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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2007

MES 390 • ISLAMIC HISTORIOGRAPHY

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43253 TH
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
BUR 436A
SPELLBERG, D

Course Description

Primary and secondary works focus on debates about Islamic historiography in the context of interdisciplinarity in law, religion, anthropology, and Western historiography. Issues such as authenticity, narrative, communal identity and social control will be emphasized in the focus on Muslim slaves and issues of diaspora in both medieval Middle Eastern and premodern American contexts.

Grading Policy

Reading seminar: 3 assigned class essays 90%;

class participation and attendance, 10%

Texts

Khaled Abou El Fadl, AND GOD KNOWS THE SOLDIERS: AUTHORITATIVE AND AUTHORITARIAN IN ISLAMIC DISCOURSES. Robert Allison. THE CRESCENT OBSCURED: THE UNITED STATES AND THE MUSLIM WORLD: 1776-1815, THE LEGACY OF THE BARBARY WARS. Allan Austin. AFRICAN MUSLIMS IN ANTEBELLUM AMERICA. Paul Baeplier, WHITESLAVES, AFRICAN MASTERS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN BARBARY CAPTIVITY NARRATIVES. David Blanks, and M. Frasetto, ed. VIEWS OF ISLAM IN MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN EUROPE. Sylviane Djiouf, SERVANTS OF ALLAH: AFRICAN MUSLIMS ENSLAVED IN THE AMERICAS. Nabil Matar, TURKS, MOORS, AND ENGLISHMEN IN THE AGE OF DISCOVERY. Rolph-Michel Trouillot, SILENCING THE PAST: POWER AND THE PRODUCTION OF HISTORY

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