Courses of Study 2018-2019 
    
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Courses of Study 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HIST 6547 - [The Middle East in Africa, Africa in the Middle East]

(crosslisted) ASRC 6547 , NES 6547  
     
Fall. Next Offered: 2019-2020. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Co-meets with ASRC 4547 /HIST 4547 /NES 4547 .

M. Minawi.

In this seminar we will explore the Ottoman Empire’s presence in the continent, and the continent’s influence on the rest of the Ottoman Empire.  In addition to the focus on the history of Ottoman North Africa, we will explore the role Istanbul played in the history of the Red Sea Basin (today’s Somalia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, and Ethiopia) and vice versa. A special focus will be placed on the role sub-Saharan African slave trade played in Ottoman society, from the ruling elite households of Istanbul to the day-to-day formulation of ideas of difference making across the Turkish and Arabic speaking parts of the Ottoman Empire. Emphasis will be placed on reading new literature on race and slavery in the Ottoman world, borrowing theoretical and analytical formulations around this topic form better-developed historiographies of other parts of the world. This seminar targets a senior and graduate students interested in the history of empire, the Middle East and Africa trans-imperial histories, and south-south relations. 



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