Fall 2021 - HIST 438W D100

Problems in the History of the British Empire (4)

India Hindu-Muslim Relations

Class Number: 3969

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2021: Wed, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including 9 units of lower division history.



An investigation of advanced concepts and methodologies in the history of the British empire. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HIST 438W may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Writing.


Hindu-Muslim Relations in India from Partition to Present Day

This course is a writing-intensive deep-dive into the origins , nature and development of Hindu and Muslim as predominantly politicized identities in India , from the last days of British Raj to present day Modi Raj. Using a wide variety of scholarly and popular cultural sources ,such as cinema, we are going to unpack some of the most controversial ideas that have been reverberating across the subcontinent for almost a century and have come to define both state policy and mass consciousness. We will examine the anatomies of communal riots, of beef murders, banned literature and movies, vilified public figures , terrorist attacks  and the mythologized saga of Pakistani espionage in India.


  • Participation 20%
  • Primary Source Analyses (15% + 15%) 30%
  • Book Review 15%
  • Academic Journal 20%
  • Reaction Paper 15%



No textbooks required, reading materials will be made available through Canvas

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