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Literature Seminar Colonial and Global History: Histories of Islamic Expansion


Admission requirements



Literature Seminar: Readings on the expansion and the making of Islam.

Course objectives

See general description of Literature Seminar History.


See here.

Mode of instruction

Literature seminar.

Course Load

  • Class: 7 × 2 = 14 hours.

  • AQCI-assignments: 7 × 2 = 14 hours.

  • Presentation: 1 × 4 = 4 hours.

  • Essay: 1 × 8 = 8 hours.

  • Reading: 240 hours (2400 pp.).

Assessment method

  • 6 x AQCI-assignment.

  • 1 x presentation.

  • 1 x essay (2000 words).

  • Participation in class.


Yes, but only for practical instructions.

Reading list

  • H. Kennedy, The Great Arab Conquests: How The Spread Of Islam Changed The World We Live In (Philadelphia, 2007).

  • C. Kafadar, Between Two Worlds: The Construction of the Ottoman State (Berkeley, 1995).

  • A. Afzar Moin, The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam (New York, 2002).

  • R.M. Eaton, The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204-1760 (Berkeley, 1993).

  • M.C. Ricklefs, Mystic Synthesis in Java: A History of Islamization from the Fourteenth to the Early Nineteenth Centuries (Norwalk, 2006).

  • Michael Laffan, The Makings of Indonesian Islam: Orientalism and the Narration of a Sufi Past (Princeton, 2011).

  • Ho-Dong Kim, Holy War in China: The Muslim Rebellion and State in Chinese Central Asia, 1864-1877 (Stanford, 2004).


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Contact information

Email: Prof. Dr. J.J.L. Gommans.


If only native speakers of Dutch participate, the course can be taught in Dutch.