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HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-DL2: Race and Slavery in the Islamic World
(Spring 2021)

01:30 PM to 04:10 PM TR


Section Information for Spring 2021

We are finding ourselves in a historical moment, questioning not only racism but also its connection to slavery in our nation’s past.  Both issues complicate the pasts and present of many other societies, including those of the Islamic world.  This course will explore the issues of race and slavery in Islam.  We will ask, is there a connection between race and the institution of slavery in the Islamic world?  What legacies have both issues left today?  We will consider instances of slave revolts in early Islam, the experience of elite slaves in the early modern period, the paradoxical role of female slaves, case studies of Muslim slaves in the west, and slavery in the Muslim world today, among other examples, as we survey the issues of race and slavery in this global faith community, through primary, secondary, visual, literary, and documentary sources.  Changing legal, philosophical, and cultural expositions of race and slavery in specific historical contexts as well as such entangled concepts as freedom, equality, and justice will be covered.

HIST 387 DL2 is a distance education section that meets synchronously. Students should expect to meet on the days and time scheduled.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3-6

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies, Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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