HISTORY 428 - The Rise of Islam
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior standing or permission of instructor. Taught in English.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course provides an intensive introduction to the rise of Islam. It covers the Near East and Arabia in late antiquity; the life of Muhammad; the early conquests in the Near East, Central Asia, North Africa and Spain; the Caliphate and its successor states; and the flourishing of early Islamic civilization. Major themes include the formation of a new religion and a new polity; relations with other religions and peoples; sectarian divisions; travel and commerce; new forms in literature, the sciences, and other areas.

The period covered is 600-1000 of the Common Era, or the first four centuries of the Hijra.

We are not going to work through the period in strict chronological order. Instead, we begin with a brief overview, so as to establish a basic framework. Then we take up a series of thematic sections, conceptualized as physical spaces or places. These are: the desert, the battlefield, the palace, the mosque, the marketplace, the salon, and the frontier.

We also delve into recent controversies and arguments about the Quran, the life of Muhammad, the early Islamic conquests, and other things.

Course Requirements:

A series of short papers, 5-6 pages each, is required, as well as a midterm and a final.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates with some previous work in the area; graduate students

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

HISTORY 428 - The Rise of Islam
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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