Academic Programs 
      

Islamic History I   (HI-624)
  Fall 2005

This course will explore the history of Islamic civilization from its beginnings in seventh century Arabia until the establishment of the Ottoman Empire in the fifteenth century.  Attention will be given to the structure of political institutions, the changing nature of the caliphate, as well as social trends and important cultural developments. 

 

Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
ONLINE

Ibrahim Abu-Rabi
Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations
 

Contact Information:
phone: 
(860) 509-9500
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Course Syllabus


 

This course will explore the history of Islamic civilization from its beginnings in seventh century Arabia until the establishment of the Ottoman Empire in the fifteenth century. Attention will be given to the structure of political institutions, the changing nature of the caliphate, as well as social trends and important cultural developments. Students will read selections of important primary sources in translation, such as Arabic and Persian poetry, Mawardi’s Ordinances of Government, Ibn Battuta’s Travels, and Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddima.


REQUIRED BOOKS: [ALL BOOKS ARE AT THE HARTFORD SEMINARY BOOKSTORE]

 

 

1)      Marshall Hodgson, The Venture of Islam, volume one;

 

2)      Marshall Hodgson, The Venture of Islam, volume two;

 

3)      Gamal al-Ghitani, Zayni Barakat;

 

4)      Ibn Khladun, The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History [Abridged edition] (Princeton University Press, 2004). Tr. F. Rosenthal and abridged N. J. Dawood;

 

5)      Bensalem Himmich, The Polymath [American University of Cairo Press]

 

6)      Amin Maalouf, The Crusades through Arab Eyes [Schocken];

 

7)      Amin Maalouf, Samarkand.

 

 

BREAKDOWN OF SESSIONS

 

 

1) First Session:

 

PRE-ISLAMIC WORLD AND EMERGENCE OF ISLAM

 

READING:

 

Marshall Hodgson, The Venture of Islam, volume one; PP. 103-145.

 

2) Second Session:

 

GENESIS OF ISLAM AS A SOCIAL MOVEMENT: ROLE OF REVELATION AND PROPHECY IN THE FORMATION OF A NEW SOCIO-POLITICAL ORDER IN ARABIA AND THE NEAR EAST

 

READING:

 

Marshall Hodgson, The Venture of Islam, volume one; PP. 146-230.

 

 

 

3) Third Session:

RISE OF CALIPHATE AND ISLAMIC CONQUEST: WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR CLASSICAL ISLAMIC IDENTITY?

 

READING:

 

Marshall Hodgson, The Venture of Islam, volume one; PP. 233-358.

 

 

4) Fourth Session:

 

.PRECEDING READING

 

 

 

5) Fifth Session:

 

INTELLECTUAL FORMATION IN CLASSICAL ISLAM: FROM MINI-STATE TO TADWIN STAGE.

 

READING:

Marshall Hodgson, The Venture of Islam, volume two; PP.3-151.

 

6) Sixth Session:

 

INTELLECTUAL FORMATION IN CLASSICAL ISLAM: FROM MINI-STATE TO TADWIN STAGE

 

READING:

 

Marshall Hodgson, The Venture of Islam, volume two; PP. 152-200; 255-292.

 

 

7)      Seventh Session:

 

PRECEDING READING:

 

 

8) Eighth Session:

 

IBN KHALDUN AND THE MATURATION OF CLASSICAL ISLAMIC SCHOLARSHIP

 

READING:

 

Ibn Khladun, The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History; PP. 11-32; 91-183.

 

8)      Ninth Session:

 

IBN KHALDUN AND THE MATURATION OF CLASSICAL ISLAMIC SCHOLARSHIP

 

READING:

 

Ibn Khladun, The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History; PP. 183-261; 333-459.

 

10) Tenth Session

 

PRECEDING MATERIAL

 

11) Eleventh Session

 

THE ARAB WORLD ON THE EVE OF THE OTTOMAN CONQUEST

 

READING:

 

Gamal al-Ghitani, Zayni Barakat

 

12) Twelfth Session

 

THE ARAB WORLD ON THE EVE OF THE OTTOMAN CONQUEST

 

READING:

Gamal al-Ghitani, Zayni Barakat

 

 

 COURSE REQUIREMENT

 

1)      WEEKLY PARTICIPATION IN THE ONLINE SESSIONS;

 

       2)ANALYTICAL BOOK REVIEWS OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Bensalem Himmich, The Polymath [American University of Cairo Press];
  • Amin Maalouf, The Crusades through Arab Eyes [Schocken]; AND
  • Amin Maalouf, Samarkand.

 

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