Courses

Sufism – often referred to as Islamic mysticism - is one of the major traditions of asceticism, piety, and scholarship that has evolved in the lands shaped by Muslim rule and/or the practice of Islam. It is also a key nexus for European intellectual life and the Islamic world, inspiring curiosity as well as revulsion...
Instructor: Brett Wilson
Credits: 2.0
This course is a survey of the emergence and development of the caliphates as imperial systems in the context of late antique and later political, social, religious and economic conditions, and in the regions stretching from Iran to Spain, albeit with special emphasis on the eastern Mediterranean region. It will start...
Instructor: Aziz Al-Azmeh
Credits: 2.0
We will consider the properties attributed to God in the Western philosophical tradition. We will examine both historical and contemporary attempts to formulate doctrines of divine omniscience, omnipotence and absolute goodness, as well as eternality, simplicity, immutability and necessary existence. We will...
Instructor: Mike Griffin
Credits: 2.0
The recent academic career of "Visual Studies" has an important component, which examines the role of images (whether moving, pictorial, or verbal) in defining culture and constituting its mediality. Studies of Visual Culture represent much more than research into pictures, let alone works of art.  This scholarly...
Instructor: Gyorgy E. Szonyi
Credits: 2.0
This course introduces students to the history of as well as contentious debates regarding the Ottoman Empire’s long presence and legacies in the Balkan Peninsula.  The first half of each meeting will consist of a brief lecture component in which the instructor provides the students with a long-duree lens to...
Instructor: Tolga U. Esmer
Credits: 4.0
Few aspects of early modern statecraft left more traces in written and visual sources than the activities of diplomats and those who represented states in less official capacity. Traditional historiography has connected the history of diplomacy with the rise of the nation state, bureaucrats, and official documents...
Instructor: Jan Hennings
Credits: 4.0
Renaissance Studies form a connecting link between medieval studies and modern history, just as the Renaissance is often referred to as the "early modern" period between the Middle Ages and modernity. The familiar labels attached to the Renaissance since its first historical construction by Jacob Burckhardt, such as "...
Instructor: Gyorgy E. Szonyi
Credits: 2.0
In 1917 there was no strict division between the foreign and the domestic as the Bolsheviks sought to export revolution to the former lands of the tsarist empire. In any case, nations were only historical stages to be passed through on the march to Communism, according to Marxist logic. As the revolutionary cycle...
Instructor: Charles Shaw
Credits: 2.0
This seminar offers a combination of in-depth reading of selected classic texts elaborating central concepts in the study of religion, and approaching themes relevant to the specific research interests of seminar participants. In an effort to bring into discussion students of pre-modern and modern periods from...
Instructor: Nadia Al-Bagdadi
Credits: 2.0
This seminar offers a combination of in-depth reading of selected classic texts elaborating central concepts in the study of religion, and approaching themes relevant to the specific research interests of seminar participants. In an effort to bring into discussion students of pre-modern and modern periods from...
Instructor: Nadia Al-Bagdadi
Credits: 2.0
The course goal is to present new developments in the research of ethnogenesis processes and the questions of nationalism and nation-building in a longue durée perspective. Questions of ethnogenesis have been intensively dominated by national historiography and closely linked with the political processes of the...
Credits: 2.0
Since the seventies of the twentieth century historical research has shown an increasing interest in the fields of Women and Gender Studies and their integration into the analyses of the past. In its further development, the interest in gender as a historical category has moved away from rather dealing with isolated...
Credits: 2.0
This Topical Survey course offers an overview of the development of towns in Europe from  Late Antiquity to the twenty-first century, in other words from their post-Roman origins through their medieval and Early Modern transformations to industrialization and the contemporary urbanism. The course will primarily focus...
Credits: 2.0
The course is giving an overview of recent research and source publications on this topic. We will examine both medieval and early modern theories on “superstition”, “magic”, demonology, and modern explanations thereof: scapegoating, nightmares, panic, witch hunting. Historical sources will include manuals of ritual...
Instructor: Gábor Klaniczay
Credits: 2.0
Part of Mandatory “Foundations in Historical Methods and Theories” for Matilda students.This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the field of women’s and gender history and its main concepts, theories and approaches, and to familiarize them with the challenges and (hopefully)...
Instructor: Francisca de Haan
Credits: 2.0

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