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HIST 2870 Mobile Muslims in Indian Ocean Empires (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Societies in the East African, Arabian, Indian, and Malay-Indonesian territories surrounding the Indian Ocean experienced dramatic changes in the centuries after 1800. This course examines how people like Zanzibari Sultans, Yemeni mercenaries in India, or Sikh policemen in Malaya inhabited the new Indian Ocean created in the nineteenth century by steamships, the Suez Canal, and expanding foreign empires. With a focus on itinerant populations, we will explore what motivated people to navigate new threats and opportunities within their changing environments and see how they transformed the region from the colonial period through world wars, decolonization, and post-colonial nationalisms.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Jeffrey Dyer

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Apr-15