Connected Histories Fall 2013 Book Discussion series
This is a series of five book discussions on the theme Connected Histories and led by Giancarlo Casale, associate professor of the history of the Islamic world at the University of Minnesota.
Centuries before the dawn of the modern age, the world was already a surprisingly interconnected place. Readings for this theme introduce a way of understanding the past in which Islam and the West are seen as products of a shared, cosmopolitan, and inextricably intertwined past. These books help envision the world of our ancestors, which was every bit as complex and dynamically interconnected as the world we live in today.
The five books to be discussed:
- “When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the ‘Riches of the East'”
by Stewart Gordon
- “The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance”
by Jim Al-Khalili
- “The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain”
by María Rosa Menocal
- “Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf”
translated by Peter Sluglett
- “In an Antique Land”
by Amitav Ghosh
Sponsored by the University of Minnesota Libraries and Hennepin County Library.
About Giancarlo Casale
Giancarlo Casale holds a Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. He is currently associate professor of the history of the Islamic world at the University of Minnesota, where he has taught since 2005. Casale is an expert in Ottoman history, early modern empires, and the history of geography and cartography. His book, “The Ottoman Age of Exploration,” was awarded the Cundill Recognition of Excellence prize in 2011.
About Muslim Journeys
The Muslim Journeys project presents to the American public resources representing diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.
Muslim Journeys is a component of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ agency-wide Bridging Cultures initiative, which engages the power of the humanities to promote understanding and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States and abroad.
Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.
Other sponsors: Government and Community Relations, Department of History, Religious Studies Program, Cedar-Humphrey Action for Neighborhood Collaborative Engagement, Department of Art History , Department of English, Hennepin-University Partnership, Augsburg College.