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Final Project For Enlightenment: Karbala

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Salaam Alaikum dear brothers and sister:

 

I am currently enrolled in a course in my university called: Pathways to Enlightenment. This is a required senior seminar course, but the specific topic/course focus was allowed to be selected by us. For this class I am to write a 20 page research paper on a topic of my choice.

 

​Here is a description of the topic:

 

Research Paper:  Students choose their own area of interest that emerges from (or merges with) the course theme of Enlightenment, and then write a series of four 5 page essays that will eventually form into a whole.  Think of this as a book with a title that includes the word Enlightenment, and then chapters that indicate an engagement with the different disciplinary lenses we’ve been using.  These papers require a use of common course readings AND original research materials. The chapters will need to be revised in order to create a fully coherent whole turned in during the final exam period colloquium.  Conferences with me throughout the writing process are required.

 

For my topic, I decided I will be focusing on the topic of Karbala and Muharram, and how this is a sort of "enlightenment" particularly for Shiite Muslims.  Since I will need to look at the topic through a historical lens, I was wondering if anyone could provide me to some academic, well-researched articles pertaining to the topic of Karbala, and perhaps the history of Islam following the death of Muhammad pbuh. I know there are many, many resources out there; therefore, I was wondering if any brothers or sisters knew some great works on the topics of the history of Karbala, or a general history following Muhammad's death, a general timeline, etc. etc. All resources would be greatly appreciated.

 

Salaam.

 

 

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Also Fanar Haddad's book, 'Sectarianism in Iraq' will help with research on Karbala, its history and legacy. 

you could also look at 'Shiite Identity in Early Islam' by Maria Dakake.  i think there is a section on Karbala. 

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