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070143 PS MA-Proseminar (2018S)

Of Arabs, Persians and Turks: Patterns of Dynastic Rule in the Islamic World (c.600-1600 CE)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work

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Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 06.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Tuesday 13.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Tuesday 20.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Tuesday 10.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Tuesday 17.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Tuesday 24.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Tuesday 08.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Tuesday 15.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Tuesday 29.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Tuesday 05.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Tuesday 12.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Tuesday 19.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7
Tuesday 26.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 30 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 7

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The history of the Islamic World is often viewed through the lenses of dynastic histories, and the periods of Islamic history are often associated with the rule of specific dynasties: the Umayyads, the ʿAbbāsids, the Buyids, the Fāṭimids, the Almohads, the Seljuqs, the Mamlūks, etc. Each dynasty had to adapt to historical circumstances, each dynasty brought something of its own, each dynasty contributed to the very notion of “Islamic”. In this seminar we will look into all major dynasties that ruled the Islamic world over the first millennium of its history: from its beginning in the early 7th century until the 16th century, which witnessed the rise of gunpowder empires. Each session will focus on a particular dynasty and we will look closely into such questions as: how did they come to power? what were the reasons of their success? how did they claim their legitimacy? what was the economic, military and social basis of their power? what were their major contributions? why and how did they fail? Through these and some other questions students will build a comparative perspective and identify major patterns of dynastic rule in the course of the first millennium of Islamic history.

Assessment and permitted materials

The bulk of your grade will be based on two drafts of the final seminar paper (50%), as well as a presentation of your work in the class sessions (15%). You will also be expected to write 10 short (800-1200 word) reactions to the weekly reading (15%), distributed roughly evenly over the semester, and to actively participate in class discussions (20%).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

no prior knowledge of Islamic history is required; all students are required to actively participate in the discussions and complete reading assignments for each session. Student will also be required to submit 7 short response papers on the readings before each class, lead one session, and write research paper as a final project.

Examination topics

Reading list

Will be made available through Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Mittelalter, Globalgeschichte, Osteuropäische Geschichte

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