Cultural Group Guides – Dimensions of Culture

Culture (/ ˈ k ʌ l tʃ ər /) is the social behavior and norms found in human societies

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Its rich culture, set against a backdrop of crystal clear waters and never ending sunshine is what gives the Caribbean its lasting influence on travelers who visit the islands.

Notwithstanding, its rich culture and heritage, the Caribben lifestyle - as most tourists experience it - is unquestionably a product of its exotic, tropical setting.

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Many historians turn to museums for help. During our session, Sara Hume, curator at the Kent State Museum, expressed curators’ eagerness to engage with and support professors and their students; and both Sophie White and Catherine Whalen articulated some of the many insights historians stand to gain from engaging with curators who have in-depth knowledge of their collections. But while some museums—including university museums—have teaching collections designed to give students tactile experiences with material artifacts, many do not. In these instances, instructors—including myself and James Seaver—who wish to incorporate into the classroom objects that students can physically handle often find themselves acquiring their own teaching collections by digging around in attics or antique stores. How might we open up a more intentional dialogue with local and national museums to generate opportunities for our students and ourselves? Might departments consider ways to establish teaching collections of images and objects to which their faculty have access?

As Joan Cashin noted at the panel I organized, a growing number of historiansdosee the value added by studying material culture. This ongoing development raised pressing questions during the session: If I want to teach with “things,” how do I gain access to them? And how do I design effective assignments and in-class exercises for my students? In conversations, colleagues recounted frustration with possessing insufficient knowledge about analyzing and teaching with objects and images. Similarly, they expressed a desire to work with objects in their own research, but felt they lacked the authority to fully incorporate material culture into their evidence. How do we expand and refine our research and teaching methodologies to include material culture? Few doctoral programs in history intentionally train students in material culture—indeed, my own background is the combined product of attending a material culture master’s program and working with a doctoral adviser for whom objects are central to her own intellectual project. Where can established historians starting from scratch go for the necessary support?


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If you want to have an unforgettable Caribbean experience take the time to experience the Caribbean culture on your next trip.

The following are a few of the most important elements of the Caribbean culture today.


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The mission of the Museums of Old York is to preserve and promote the rich history of the York region through programs and educational experiences that enhance historical perspective and build on community pride.

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The Museums of Old York are the product of a merger of three historical organizations founded in York with histories dating back more than one hundred years.

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No doubt believers of many faiths who, being comfortable with understanding their religion from a devotional perspective, will have difficulties in coming to terms with the scholarly and analytical approach we have discussed above. Some Muslims, for instance, may insist that there is only one Islam and differences, if they exist, are superficial. But this conception is itself influenced by a certain cultural context. Such Muslims are not alone in this conception for there are non-Muslims who also conceive of Islam as one unified, homogeneous monolith. More recently, particularly after 9/11, a range of historians, political scientists, journalists, public intellectuals have also considered Islam as one mega-civilizational block, stretching across the globe, that is in conflict with the so-called West which they also conceive as a self-contained and unified civilization. The readings selected for Session One from Carl Ernst’s book, Following Muhammad, begin with a critical examination of the manner in which conceptions of Islam, and for that matter notions of “religion,” are culturally and politically constructed by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

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The readings from Following Muhammad also examine the Sources of the Islamic tradition, providing a brief overview of the crucial role that Muhammad as Prophet of Islam and the Qur’an, as scripture of Islam, play in defining Muslim religious, social and political consciousness. We will explore each of these sources in greater detail in Sessions Two, Three and Four. The second set of readings, from Historical Atlas of Islam, after a brief summary of foundational beliefs and practices, survey the historical expansion of Arab Muslim imperial rule beyond the Arabian peninsula, covering the period between 600 to 1100 CE. Maps illustrate how the Islamic faith began in the Arabic world but spread to other areas where local culture, geography, language and ethnicity influenced beliefs and practices. The establishment of Arab rule in the Middle East led to the development of trade routes that were controlled by Muslim merchants, bringing in much wealth to the rapidly growing empires. With political and economic expansion, the Arabic language evolved into an international language of administration, culture, learning and commerce. As Arab power extended over more areas in the Middle East and the Mediterranean region, non Arab traditions, particularly the Persian and the Greco-Roman, were integrated. The result was a cosmopolitan civilization in which Arabic culture played an important part but in which also participated many different ethnic and religious groups. The historical survey concludes with a brief discussion of the Crusades and the attempts by knights from the Christian kingdoms of the Latin West (including England, Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and France) to wrest political control of the Holy Land from Muslim rulers, damaging the positive relations that had previously existed between Muslims and Eastern Orthodox Christians in the Middle East.