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Undergraduate Course: Transnational Islam & The African Diaspora (HIST10462)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryWith 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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.

Students should only be enrolled on this course with approval from the History Honours Programme Administrator.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the place of Islam in African Diaspora and the place of the African Diaspora in the history of Islam.
  2. Analyse the intellectual, economic, religious, and political linkages among Muslim communities across various regions.
  3. 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.
  4. Identify historical and contemporary questions that are not adequately addressed in the extant scholarship on Islam in the African Diaspora.
  5. 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."
Reading List
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
Additional Information
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.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Jeremy Dell
Tel: (0131 6)50 4476
Course secretaryMiss Annabel Samson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3783
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