Summer 2023 - HIST 486 D100
Studies in History II (4)
Class Number: 3249
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3511, Burnaby
Office Hours: Tuesday 1:30-2:20 AQ 6243
Prerequisites:45 units including nine units of lower division history.
Political Thought and Action in the Ottoman Mediterranean during the long 19th century
The overall aim of the course is to explore the political and economic transformation of the Ottoman Empire with a specific emphasis on political thoughts and their implementation across the Ottoman Mediterranean during the long 19th century. The first two weeks are dedicated to providing a brief background on the Ottoman Empire prior to the 19th century and also familiarizing students with the decline paradigm as it used to be the prevalent intellectual setting within which the Ottoman modernizations were discussed. In roughly chronological order, we analyze the roots, articulation, and implementation of political ideas and actions by traveling around the Ottoman Mediterranean (Algeria, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Anatolia, and the Ottoman Balkans). The course explores some key figures of the period including Mehmed Ali Pasha (1769-1849), Ahmet Cevdet Pasha (1823-1895), Butrus al-Bustani (1819-1883), and Muhammad Abduh (1849-1905). However, we will also pay attention to historically excluded groups such as non-elites, women, non-Muslims, and slaves and their understanding of and contribution to these major changes.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
By the end of this course students will:
- have a better toolkit to examine the transformation of the Ottoman Empire in the long 19th
- Engage with scholarly debates and familiarize themselves with the historiographical debates about political thought and actions in the late Ottoman context.
- Make comparisons and relate with the content of previously taken History courses to better discern shared patterns across the World and the specifics of the Ottoman case if there is any.
- be able to formulate a research question, develop an argument and write a research essay.
- Active class participation 10%
- In-class presentation of one of the week’s readings 20%
- Research paper outline 10%
- In-class presentation of the research paper 10%
- Research paper 50%
Weekly readings will be available in electronic form through the SFU Library website.
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