Spring 2018

Between conflict and co-existence: The making of medieval and early modern South Asia, 1200-1800 A.D.

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-173  |  History, as HIST-173

Faculty

Dwaipayan Sen (Section 01)

Description

(Offered as HIST 173 [ASP] and ASLC 173 [SA]) This course introduces major themes and developments in medieval and early modern South Asian history with a focus on the emergence and flourishing of Islamicate regimes in the sub-continent. Commencing with the origins of Islamic polities in South Asia, the course explores the Delhi Sultanates, various syncretistic movements and devotional sects, the Vijayanagara Empire, and the Mughal Empire, as well as politics, religion, literature, art, architecture, and trade within these formations. Readings are drawn from a variety of both primary and secondary sources and combine political, social, and cultural histories. Challenging both colonialist and nationalist views of this vast period as one of religious persecution, tyranny, and stagnation, the course seeks to demonstrate the vitality, hybridity, and dynamism characterizing these centuries of the second millennium. We will therefore lay particular emphasis on the processes of transculturation between the Islamic and Indic distinguishing this period. Two class meetings per week."

Spring semester. Professor Sen.

Offerings

2017-18: Offered in Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Fall 2016