HISM 4140 Islam and the Western Mediterranean World, 1000-1900

Taking as its point of departure the Mediterranean as a single unit, this seminar has two objectives: to examine the historic encounter between North African Islam and the Christian societies of Spain, France, and Italy from the Middle Ages through modern times; to explore divergent approaches to the study of Mediterranean societies from the global vision of Fernand Braudel, to the pluralistic emphasis of Andrew Hess, to the concept of honor and shame as a value transcending religious divisions. Core course for history departments Mediterranean World track.