HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-003: The Indian Ocean World: Sailors, Slaves, and Pirates
(Fall 2021)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR

Innovation Hall 131

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The Indian Ocean constitutes the world's oldest cultural continuum, uniting communities in locations as far flung as Zanzibar and Oman, Madagascar and Borneo, Goa and Mozambique. More than fifteen centuries before Europeans first crossed the Atlantic, sailors, merchants, and migrants traveled across the Indian Ocean, sharing languages, culinary practices, and religious beliefs. This contact, however, was not always egalitarian and peaceful. Millions of people were enslaved and forcibly transported across the ocean. Pirate attacks have plagued the merchants of the ocean since at least the tenth century CE. In this class, we will examine how these different threads, of exchange and violence, have brought populations living on the shores of the ocean together for over two millennia. Students will read a variety of primary and secondary sources, as well as a novel, in order to understand the power that the Indian Ocean has played on peoples’ lives and histories.

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Credits: 3-6

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies, Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture
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This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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