REL264 / MES264
Religious and Ethnic Minorities in the Ottoman Empire

This course explores the religious, social, and cultural interactions between the internal aspects of Muslim and non-Muslim religious communities and the formal structures of the state in the Ottoman Empire (1299–1923), which, until the nineteenth century, constituted one of the most religiously diverse societies in Europe and Asia. We will study the religious cultures of the Pax Ottomana of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as well as the gradual dissolution of the multi-religious Ottoman Empire during the last two centuries. The course will cover a wide range of topics, including Ottoman palace and state institutions; colonialism; pietism, confessionalization, and conversion practices; Greek and Armenian Christians, Alevite Muslims, Jews, and Kurds; reform and repression; the status of Hagia Sophia; and questions of genocide and political representation.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Crosslisted Courses:

Prerequisites: None.

Instructor: Balikcioglu

Distribution Requirements: HS or REP - Historical Studies or Religion, Ethics, and Moral Philosophy

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered