(Tuesdays 8:30-11:30) This course examines the formation of religious identities and confessional cultures in the medieval and early modern Mediterranean world, including Muslim, Byzantine and Latin societies. It approaches these issues from two complementary vantages, examining intra and inter-religious difference. The course investigates the construction of religious orthodoxy and unorthodoxy, the nature of dissent, controversy and "heresy" in Muslim and Christian religious cultures. Likewise, it examines interreligious relations and experiences among Muslims, Christians and Jews and the treatment of religious minorities in the Mediterranean. It explores the possibility of an interplay between these two processes historically in the Mediterranean world in order to understand the consequences on religious and political cultures and identities.
Three term hours; fall and winter, A. Husain(f), R. Greenfield(w)
This is a team taught 1.0 course, but students interested in the first half of 801 that is on Religious Identities in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean focusing on Muslim, Christian and Jewish encounters in Medieval Europe and the Islamic World can take a .5 reading course and attend the class.
Please contact the Adnan Husain for more information and for permission to take the class.
(Mondays 7-10 p.m.) This course explores cultural, familial and intimate relations of power created in and by empires, in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The readings are thematic and interdisciplinary, drawn from national and transnational contexts, primarily in the Americas. Topics include militarism, transculturation, visual cultures, the circulation of people and goods, racialization and sexual politics.
(Mondays 11:30-2:30) An exploration of key topics in the history and interpretation of the medieval Crusades. The society and culture of the Latin kingdoms will be studied, as will the impact of the Crusades on the peoples of the eastern Mediterranean, both Muslim and Christian. Three term hours; fall and winter, A. Husain and R. Greenfield Please contact Adnan Husain for more information and for permission to take the course.
(Fridays 11:30-2:30) This graduate seminar will introduce the major theoretical frameworks of collective memory, commemoration and memorials, public and institutional history, and other forms of collective memory making, using seminal Canadian, American and European case studies. Particular attention will be given to the major approaches developed over the last thirty years, introducing the most important researchers of this very popular field, also focussing on ground-breaking techniques and innovative primary sources. The major objective is to familiarize students with the best studies in the field and prepare them to undertake studies using these principles.