If Middle Eastern societies did not secularize during the years 1400-1800, does that mean that the relationship between politics and religion didn't change at all? In fact, important changes did occur and this course will investigate their impact on the region's history by surveying institutions, social movements, political writings and imperial policies of the Ottoman Empire and Iran. (Gen Ed. HS, DG)
This class investigates what it meant to live an Islamic life in the pre-industrial Middle East, 600-1800 CE. The course investigates whether categorizing Islam as a religion, a civilization, culture, or a discourse is adequate for understanding its lived complexities. (Gen. Ed. HS, DG)