Medievals on the Move: Pilgrimage, Jihad, Crusade, and Apocalypse|
Spring 2020 not offered
MDST 308, HIST 303|
|Certificates: Muslim Studies, Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
|Course Cluster: Urban Studies|
Medieval people moved: They traded and sent emissaries; they invaded and migrated; they wandered, begged, and ascended the heavens; they went on crusade, jihad, and pilgrimage. This course will first analyze the most consistently preserved sources on medieval movement: accounts of pious travel "for God's sake and not for pleasure." We will then contextualize such accounts with two other types of movement: the physical journeys of traders, diplomats, and warriors, as well as the interiorized journeys of the prophet, the mystic, and the storyteller. By encompassing this variety we will be able to pursue a larger question: Can patterns of exchange across the physical and cultural barriers of geography, language, religion, and governance reveal a more global medieval world than we usually envision?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CMST)(COL)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
Chris Wickham, THE INHERITANCE OF ROME
Robert Bartlett, THE MAKING OF EUROPE
Hugh Kennedy, WHEN BAGHDAD RULED THE MUSLIM WORLD
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three one-page critical analyses; three in-class presentations; one research project proposal. If desired, students will have the opportunity to integrate their course work with Traveler┐s Lab (travelerslab.research.wesleyan.edu) research projects.