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Fall 2015-2016
* HIS 241 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Faith and Power in the Indian Ocean Arena

Michael F. Laffan

This course offers a chronological and topical overview of one of the world's most diverse and contested spaces. Sketching the deep linkages between East Africa, the Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, short focused readings and in-depth precepts will highlight such issues as the spread of Buddhism and Islam, the rise of colonialism, the importance of nationalist and third-worldist movements, the struggles for exclusive ethno-religious enclaves and the consequences for diasporic communities with ever-tightening links to the Americas, Europe and Australasia.

Sample reading list:
Giancarlo Casale, "Global Politics in the 1580s"
Femme Gaastra, The Dutch East India Company
Nile Green, Bombay Islam
Sugata Bose, A Hundred Horizons
Engseng Ho, "Empire through Diasporic Eyes: A View from the Other Boat"

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings will average 100-150 pages per week. Students will be asked to submit regular reading responses each week.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Mid term Exam - 30%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
P/D/F option is not available for History concentrators..

Other information:
Students will be asked to submit short response pieces prior to each precept; these will count as 20% of grade.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20933 L01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T Th   McCosh Hall   2   Enrolled:40 Limit:60
20934 P01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:10 Limit:14
24516 P01A 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   Dickinson Hall   207   Enrolled:12 Limit:12 Closed
20935 P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:7 Limit:14
24517 P03 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm Th   Dickinson Hall   230   Enrolled:11 Limit:12
23071 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled