Hindu/Muslim: Religion, Politics, and Violence in a Millennium of Indian History

History 39T

Spring 2018
Section: 
1
Instructor: 
Location: 
3205 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Th 10-12
Class Number: 
41898

This course is concerned broadly with the relationship between the categories of ‘religion’ and ‘politics’; and the practices of violence which lie at their intersection; and in particular with rethinking the terms we use to imagine religious violence in the past and the present. As a case study, we will explore ways of conceptualizing the longue durée history of the relationship between Hinduism and Islam in the Indian subcontinent over the last millennium. Through reading a mix of postcolonial historical scholarship and precolonial primary sources, we will critically investigate the Islamic conquest of India; the historic evolution of the concept of ‘Hindu’ and ‘Muslim’; the profound fissure of the partition of India in 1947; and the evolving politics of memory in the twentieth century. No prior experience with the history of India is required for this class.