HIST 1703 Religious Diversity in a Muslim World (Spring: 3 )
While Muslim in its self-definition, the Ottoman Empire was a multi-ethnic and multi-religious empire that included all denominations of Christians, and Jews. In this complex multi-religious landscape, the Sultan had to ascertain his Islamic legitimacy while simultaneously claiming papal authority. This course is about the challenging management of the plural religious composition of the Ottoman Empire. Through the life stories of individuals, the course attempts to understand religious identity as a process of complicated negotiations between the state, the clergy, and groups with different ideas of the Divine. Student will discover that “Islamic” pluralism as an enduring condition.
Instructor(s): Dana Sajdi
Last Updated: 06-Mar-17