Muslims in a Global Context: Muslim Migrations: Pre-Modern Era


Units: 3

Description: WEEKEND COURSE DATES: NOVEMBER 3-5, 2017; COURSE LOCATION: UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH "To intend a journey," is the translation of the Arabic word hajj; it describes both the actual trip through space undertaken by millions of pilgrims, and each one's personal, emotional reasons for migrating. Muslim Migrations: Pre-Modern Era is one of a two-part series exploring the various contexts in which Muslim individuals and populations have migrated since the first migration from Mecca to Medina to the millions of Muslims on the move in the 21st Century. Whether journeying for the sake of learning, resources, or trade; or as the result of war, enslavement, or forced migration, Muslims migrating have had a profound impact around the globe. This multidisciplinary course will explore the social, economic, environmental, and political dimensions of Muslims on the move. In this first 3.0 unit course, we will look at the pre-modern era from the 7th century to the mid 1800's, considering for example the impact of the hajj as the nucleus of thought, the expulsion of Muslims from Medieval Spain, and the forced migration of African Muslims during the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the Americas. The second part in the series will consider various migration trajectories in their colonial and post-colonial contexts, examining in particular the impact of WWI and WWII, histories of de-colonization, the Cold War contexts, and more recent wars, such as the US invasion in Iraq.