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Spring 2012-2013
* HIS 332 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

India before Europe: Politics, Religion, and Culture in South Asia, 1000-1857 A.D.

Bhavani Raman

Far from being an isolated place, medieval and early modern South Asia was an important world region connected to Central Asia, Persia, and Europe by trade, politics, migration, and culture. Complex interactions between Indic and Islamic traditions shaped its popular and elite culture from the 11th century. This course provides an overview of the intriguing composite society and dynamic political culture of India prior to the British Victorian Empire and re-examines the processes by which the subcontinent was colonized by the British East India Company.

Sample reading list:
Asher and Talbot, India Before Europe
Phillip Wagoner, "Sultan Among Hindu Kings"
Richard Foltz, tr., "Murtibi" al-Asamm of Samarqand
Simon Digby, The Sufi Shaikh and the Sultan
Ebba Koch, "The Mughal Waterfront Garden"
Gautam Bhadra, Four Rebels of 1857
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Scheduled Readings for every class that average about 120 pages a week. Map quiz, 2 short papers (6-8 pages each) and a final paper (15-20 pages).

Final Exam - 30%
Quizzes - 15%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41799 L01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W   McCosh Hall   64   Enrolled:18 Limit:25