EARLY ISLAMIC HISTORY (HI2010)

This course offers an introduction to the first century and a half of Islamic society, 600-700 AD. It builds on knowledge of ways of writing about the past which students have acquired in earlier courses. The focus of the course is the rise and development of the religion of Islam and the key events and figures in the process. They will read extracts by those who wrote history in the early Islamic centuries – and those who have approached early Islam and is history in the global North, notably since he nineteenth century. Essentially, the course offers: - Substantive detail about the rise of the last of the Abrahamic monotheism; - Theoretical reflection on the interplay between mediated communication, history and organized religion; - An exploration of the history writing practices of early Muslims; - An introduction of the intellectual history of nineteenth and twentieth century historiographies of the early Islamic Middle East and North Africa; - An introduction to pilgrimage practices in Islam.

Code: 
HI2010
Name: 
EARLY ISLAMIC HISTORY
Discipline: 
HI (History)
Type: 
GE115
Level: 
Undergraduate
Credits: 
4
Can be taken twice for credit?: 
No
Pre-requisites: 
None
Co-requisites: 
None