History of Muslim Societies

Hilary term

Wednesdays, 10am-11:30am (Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, George Street)

Convenor: Dr Kevin W. Fogg


One can argue that Muslim societies—spread across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, and in the last centuries in diasporas even further afield—form a unitary subset of humanity that can and should be productively studied together. On the other hand, the great diversity of the Islamic world can prompt comparative historical thinking. This paper will allow students to contrast different Muslim societies over the last three centuries, examine points of confluence for geographically- or culturally-distinct Muslim peoples in the modern era, and/or focus on the history of one society in a wider Islamicate context. Starting from the Muslim reformers of the eighteenth century and ranging to the end of the twentieth century, key themes include theological change, Islamic empires, experiences of European colonialism, Islam and nationalism, and globalisation in Muslim societies.


Preparatory reading                     Sessions outline                    Bibliography



Eight classes of 90 minutes will be offered, during Hilary Term.



Four tutorials of one hour will be required of each student. In addition, each student will be required to write two tutorial essays, at least one of the two including an inter-regional comparative element, and will receive individual feedback on their work.




Dr Kevin W. Fogg
Al-Bukhari Fellow in the History of Islam in Southeast Asia, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
Islamic Centre Lecturer, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Tel: (2)78733