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Fall 2017-2018
HIS 536 / HLS 536 / MED 536   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Medieval Mediterranean

Teresa Shawcross

The littoral of the Great Sea has long been viewed as a major place of contact, conflict and exchange for groups belonging to the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This course approaches the encounters of different religions and ethnicities in such a manner as to introduce students not only to the classic historiography on the subject, but also to the main controversies and debates now current in scholarship. Our analysis and evaluation of the connections that developed between individuals and communities will focus on the High Middle Ages.

Sample reading list:
Fernand Braudel, The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World...
Henri Pirenne, Mohammed and Charlemagne
Brian Catlos, Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors
Malcolm Barber, The Crusader States
Jessica Goldberg, Trade and Institutions in the Medieval Mediterranean
Natalie Rothman, Brokering Empire
See instructor for complete list

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22599 S01 9:00 am - 11:50 am Th   Chancellor Green   105   Enrolled:11 Limit:12