Undergraduate Course: Transnational Islam & The African Diaspora (HIST10462)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||With the emergence of the Atlantic slave trade came the first significant communities of Muslims to arrive in the Americas. Since then, the history of the African Diaspora and the history of Islam have been deeply intertwined. This course provides a close reading of some of the key texts in the burgeoning field of Islam in the African Diaspora.
This course seeks to develop ways of understanding the shared histories of Islam and the African Diaspora. How was Islam practiced among the first enslaved African Muslims to arrive in the Americas? What is the relationship between Muslim communities on the African continent and those of African-descended Muslims in the Middle East and South Asia? How has Muslim migration to the United States in the twentieth century influenced the practice of Islam among African-Americans, and vice-versa? This course examines the intersecting histories of race and religion across multiple contexts. It also allows students to experiment with several historical methodologies, from the use of conventional documentary sources to various forms of oral/aural media.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 504030).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
4,000 word Essay (80%)
||Students are expected to discuss their coursework with the Course Organiser at least once prior to submission, and are encouraged to do so more often. Meetings can take place with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment. Students will also receive feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the place of Islam in African Diaspora and the place of the African Diaspora in the history of Islam.
- Analyse the intellectual, economic, religious, and political linkages among Muslim communities across various regions.
- Synthesise different methodological approaches to the study of Islam employed by not only historians, but anthropologists, political scientists, and religious and legal scholars as well.
- Identify historical and contemporary questions that are not adequately addressed in the extant scholarship on Islam in the African Diaspora.
- Gain a base knowledge of the history of the African Diaspora and the study of Islam apart from the specific intersection of "Islam and the African Diaspora."
|Edward E. Curtis, IV, The Call of Bilal: Islam in the African Diaspora|
Sylviane A. Diouf, Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas
João José Reis, Slave Rebellion in Brazil: The Muslim Uprising of 1835 in Bahía
Ala Alryyes (ed. & trans.), A Muslim American Slave: The Life of Omar Ibn Said
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Omar H. Ali, Malik Ambar: Power and Slavery across the Indian Ocean
Sherman Jackson, Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Toward the Third Resurrection
Sohail Daulatzai, Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond America
Zain Abdullah, Black Mecca: The African Muslims of Harlem
Manning Marable and Hisham D. Aidi (eds.), Black Routes to Islam
Hisham Aidi, Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture
Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- The ability to accurately synthesise significant amounts of new information on unfamiliar topics.
- The ability to participate in scholarly debates by identifying and assessing competing lines of argumentation in both oral and written forms.
- The ability to work independently and as part of a group.
|Course organiser||Dr Jeremy Dell
Tel: (0131 6)50 4476
|Course secretary||Miss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3783