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Mughal India

HIST 258
Fall 2010
Section: 01  
Certificates: South Asian Studies

This course examines the history of South Asia in the early modern era, from the origins of Mughal (or "Timurid") rule in early 16th-century Kabul to the final demise of the empire in Delhi in 1858. We will examine the life of Akbar (r. 1556-1605) in particular detail, as well as the development of (and strains upon) the religiously hybrid Mughal political and military system under Akbar's successors in the 17th/18th centuries. The causes of 18th-century Mughal decentralization and decline will also be discussed, alongside the rising power of European trading companies. We will conclude with the trial of the Mughal emperor by the British in 1858.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy
In this course we examine the history and culture of South Asia during the early modern era. A major challenge for the Mughal polity was how to incorporate demographically dominant Hindus -- and militarily powerful Hindu warrior clans -- into what was, at least nominally, an Islamic empire. Thus students will learn not only about a time and place very different from their own, they will also learn about how people in that time and place managed, built upon, and profited from -- but sometimes also suppressed -- cultural, linguistic, and religious complexity.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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