HIST630 - TOPICS IN ASIAN HISTORY: Comparing Turco-Islamic Imperial Styles in West & S.Asia, c.1500Ëc.1800

Description: 
This course is intended for graduate students interested in the establishment and consolidation of the major regional empires of early modern Islamic Eurasia. While we focus on West and South Asia, the course will also consider the role of Central Asia as a formative influence and frontier beyond the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal domains. In Part I we examine the key historical antecednets to the rise of the so-called 'gunpowder' empires from c.1500 to c.1800. Part II of the course surveys the major gunpowder empires individually, beginning with the Ottomans, followed by the Safavids and then the Mughals. Finally, in Part III we more explicitly pursue a comparative perspective by looking at cross-cutting themes, including early state building, administrative centralization, the structure of production and exchange, urbanism and courtly culture, gender, and the management of religio-cultural difference. This course is primary to the South Asian Studies Department. Please be in touch with them for more information.
Instructors: 
CHAUDHRY, FAISAL
Day and Time: 
W 0200PM-0500PM
Room: 
WILLIAMS HALL 826
Activity: 
SEM
Cross Listings: 
  • NELC588403
  • SAST512403