White, Joshua M.

Colloquium in Middle East History

Captive Mediterranean: Human Trafficking and Holy War
HIME
4511
Undergraduate
Fall
2017

This course explores the practice of slave-raiding and human trafficking throughout the Mediterranean between roughly 1450 and 1815, the religious justifications and economic motivations that underpinned it, and its social and political consequences. It focuses on the  experience of the captives, the pirates and corsairs who took them, the city-states in Europe and North Africa that housed them, and the middlemen who grew rich arranging their ransom or sale. Readings consist of primary sources in translation (including captivity narratives, memoirs, and diplomatic accounts) and scholarly books and articles.

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12
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History of the Middle East and North Africa, ca. 500-ca.1500

HIME
2001
Undergraduate
Fall
2017

Explores the history of the Middle East and North Africa from late antiquity to the rise to  superpower status of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. Topics include the formation of Islam and the first Arab-Islamic conquests; the fragmentation of the empire of the caliphate; the historical development of Islamic social, legal, and political institutions; science and philosophy; and the impact of invaders (Turks, Crusaders, and Mongols).

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60
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Discussion Sections: 
3

Slavery in the Middle East and Ottoman Empire

HIME
5053
Graduate
Spring
2017

This course explores the practice of slavery in its various forms in the Middle East and North Africa, from pre-Islamic times through the abolition of the slave trade in the late nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire, and considers its impact on the political, military, social, and economic histories of the wider region. Topics include: the sources of slaves and the slave trade; the social and economic functions of slavery; law and slavery; manumission practices; the slave-soldier phenomenon; captivity and ransom; questions of religion, gender and race; imperialism and the movement towards abolition.

This discussion-based class is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates who have taken at least one HIME course previously. Weekly readings—mostly scholarly books and articles—will average 150-200 pages. Evaluation is based on participation, weekly response papers, and a final research paper.

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10
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From Nomads to Sultans: the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1700

HIME
3192
Undergraduate
Spring
2017

A survey of the history of the Ottoman Empire from its obscure origins around 1300 to 1730, this course explores the political, military, social, and cultural history of this massive, multi-confessional, multi-ethnic, inter-continental empire which, at its height, encompassed Central and Southeastern Europe, the Caucasus, the Middle East, and North Africa. No previous study of history required.

 

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45
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Tutorial in the History of the Medieval Middle East and North Africa

HIME
9023
Graduate
Fall
2016

This tutorial surveys the historiography of the medieval Middle East and North Africa (broadly construed), from pre-Islamic Arabia through the Ottoman conquest of the Mamluk Sultanate, which reunified the eastern half of the Mediterranean for the first time in a millenium. Readings introduce the major dynasties between Iberia and Central Asia, from the Umayyads to the Ottomans, and the seminal texts that have shaped the field.

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Colloquium in Middle East History

Tourist,Pilgrim, Soldier, Spy: Travel and Travel-Writing in the Middle East and Mediterranean
HIME
4511
Undergraduate
Fall
2016

This seminar explores the rise of travel and travel-writing in the Mediterranean and Middle East between 1000-1800 and the role Muslim, Christian, and Jewish travelers played in fostering trade and cultural exchange and shaping views of the "other." Readings will consist of a wide variety of travel narratives in translation as well as scholarly books and articles. Topics include: pilgrims, missionaries, and itinerant scholars; crusaders and mercenaries; captives and corsairs; genres of Arabic, Turkish, and European-language travel narratives; geography and ethnography. 

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History of the Middle East and North Africa, ca. 570-ca.1500

HIME
2001
Undergraduate
Fall
2016

Explores the history of the Middle East and North Africa from late antiquity to the rise to  superpower status of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. Topics include the formation of Islam and the first Arab-Islamic conquests; the fragmentation of the empire of the caliphate; the historical development of Islamic social, legal, and political institutions; science and philosophy; and the impact of invaders (Turks, Crusaders, and Mongols).

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University of Virginia
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