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Gabriel J Skoog
HIST 494
Seattle Campus

Colloquium in Historiography

Advanced seminar examining central issues in historiography. Emphasizes reading, discussion, and writing.

Class description

This senior seminar explores the role of music in Middle Eastern lives from the middle ages until the 20th century. In tracing the music history of the region the course will introduce students to the basic features, contexts, and roles of music in the Middle East. This course will look at primary and secondary sources related to the history of music in the area and address issues involved in the historiography of music. This course will pay particular attention to the connection between music and political, technological, and ideological transformations in the area. Indeed, students will be expected to think critically about the ways in which music and the performing arts are used in the construction and maintenance of identity in the Middle East.

Student learning goals

Students will develop familiarity with the wide range of instruments, musical genres, and related performance culture in the Middle East.

Students will be able to make connections between music and historical transformations in the Middle East.

Students will understand the problems and issues involved in music historiography in general and in particular in the Middle East.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

This course will have a reading workload of upwards of 200 pages a week. No previous experience with music is required.

Class assignments and grading

Research paper-approximately 15 pages Short online response papers In-class presentation of paper In-class participation


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Gabriel J Skoog
Date: 02/18/2013