The World Circa 1000
A study of the world’s major societies and the encounters among them circa 1000, when globalization began. Attention to China, India, Europe, the Vikings, Africa, the Islamic world, Amerindians including the Maya. Analysis of written and archaeological sources.
HIST 319, MMES 314, NELC 317
Islam in Asia
Examination of the three countries with the largest Muslim populations (Indonesia, India, and Pakistan) and China. Case studies on how the history of Islam in these countries helps us to understand present-day controversies regarding violence (jihad), gender, law (Shariʿa), and governance (caliphate). Exploration of similarity and diversity in beliefs and practices.
Documents in Tang, Song, and Yuan Dynasties
A survey of the historical genres of premodern China: the dynastic histories, other chronicles, gazetteers, literati notes, and Buddhist and Daoist canons. How to determine what different information these sources contain for research topics in different fields.
Issues in Tang, Song, and Yuan Dynasties
An introduction to the debates about Chinese history between 600 and 1400 including economics, gender, printing, religion, and social change.