NEAREAST 413 - The Rise of Islam
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Near East Studies (NEAREAST)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
Credits:
3
Other:
WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior standing or permission of instructor. Taught in English.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

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

NEAREAST 413 - The Rise of Islam
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
32659
Open
11
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 0521588138
The formation of Islam : religion and society in the Near East, 600-1800, Author: Jonathan P. Berkey., Publisher: Cambridge University Press [Online-Au 2008
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781845539450
The Qur'?n : a new annotated translation, Author: edited by A.J. Droge, Umair Khan., Publisher: Equinox 2012
Optional
ISBN: 0674064143
Muhammad and the believers : at the origins of Islam, Author: Fred M. Donner., Publisher: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 1st Harvar 2012
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0791401553
The crisis of the early caliphate, Author: Tabari ; translated and annotated by R. Stephen Humphreys., Publisher: State University of New York 1990
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0415061334
Greek thought, Arabic culture : the Graeco-Arabic translation movement in Baghdad and early Abb?sid society (2nd-4th/8th-10th centuries), Author: Dimitri Gutas, Publisher: Routledge [Repr.] 1998
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1851684026
Mu'awiya ibn abi Sufyan : from Arabia to empire, Author: Stephen Humphreys., Publisher: Oneworld 2006
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781851685073
?Abd al-Malik, Author: Chase Robinson., Publisher: Oneworld pbk. ed. 2007
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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