LSOC

3110

Race & Slavery in the Middle East

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Sociology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Race & Slavery in the Mid East

Spring 2022

Taught By: Aysegul Kayagil

Section: A

CRN: 11606

Credits: 4

How do we imagine slavery in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)? How can we make sense of the histories of slavery in understanding race in the region today? In attempting to answer these questions we may find our reference points predominantly focus on Trans-Atlantic slavery. This is partially a problem of western-centric academia, in which we are trained to think with reference to the US or Europe. Challenging this approach, this seminar will explore race and racialization focusing on the legacies of slavery enacted on the other side of the Atlantic in the MENA region. This course is designed to provide an overview of Mediterranean slavery – with a specific focus on slavery in Islam – and its contemporary ramifications. Covering a long socio-historical arc across a wide range of localities such as Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, and Iran, we will bring into view the significance of our expanded understanding of the legacies of slavery and our conceptions of race as they play out in the current moment. How do we imagine slavery in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)? How can we make sense of the histories of slavery in understanding race in the region today? In attempting to answer these questions we may find our reference points predominantly focus on Trans-Atlantic slavery. This is partially a problem of western-centric academia, in which we are trained to think with reference to the US or Europe. Challenging this approach, this seminar will explore race and racialization focusing on the legacies of slavery enacted on the other side of the Atlantic in the MENA region. This course is designed to provide an overview of Mediterranean slavery – with a specific focus on slavery in Islam – and its contemporary ramifications. Covering a long socio-historical arc across a wide range of localities such as Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, and Iran, we will bring into view the significance of our expanded understanding of the legacies of slavery and our conceptions of race as they play out in the current moment. The course is divided into three parts: First, we begin by establishing the theoretical and epistemological foundations of racial formation theory as well as historiography. Part I will set the stage for an in-depth discussion on how theory informs our analyses of race and slavery in MENA. Second, we develop an overview of race and the history of slavery in the region. Part II investigates how racialized representations appeared in religious thought and examines specific gendered experiences of slavery. Third, we focus on case studies on the legacies of slavery and race in modern nation-states in the region. Part III elaborates on myriad contemporary connections to open the possibility of generating new historiographies that take racialized systems of oppression as a part of global structures rather than fragmented pieces of the past. This seminar will equip students with the theory of racial formation, and allow them to utilize these tools in analyzing and studying different geopolitical contexts. The course will encourage students to raise questions regarding history and historiography based on the other side of the Atlantic, and to develop a nuanced framework of slavery and racialization understood as global social structures rather than fragmented pieces.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Sociology (LSOC)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:52pm 6/29/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 615

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/12/2022