- Code MEAS6006
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, History, Middle East Studies, Arts
Growing from a principality in the 13th century into a multiethnic empire spread across three continents at the peak of its territorial expansion in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Ottoman Empire collapsed after the First World War, leaving complex legacies in the Balkans, the Middle East and not least in Turkey. The course will introduce interrelated themes regarding the political, social and cultural life and afterlife of the Empire, focusing particularly on the long nineteenth century which was marked by rapid transformations of every aspect of Ottoman politics and society. The course will encourage a critical assessment of modernisation and modernity through Ottoman intellectual, social and cultural histories and will provide fundamental tools for understanding modern Turkey as well as other nation-states emerging from the Ottoman Empire.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- deconstruct and critically analyse the concepts of modernity and their impact on Ottoman thought, politics and culture;
- demonstrate an advanced ability to identify and reflect on primary evidence that relates to the process of Ottoman modernisation;
- explain and assess the transformation of Ottoman political, administrative, judiciary and military systems within the wider historical perspective;
- utilise concepts of gender, class, ethnicity and religion to explain transition from the Ottoman Empire to Turkish Republic; and
- critically evaluate historiographical trends in study of the Ottoman Empire.
- Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Group wiki (submission 1) (25) [LO 1,2]
- Group wiki (submission 2) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Review paper (3000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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