Islamic History I | Hartford Seminary

Islamic History I (HI-624)

This course explores the history of Islamic societies and civilization from its beginnings in seventh century Arabia until the fall of Granada in 1492. Attention will be given to the expansion process of the Dâr al-Islâm, the changing nature of the caliphate and the development of regional powers, as well as to socio-economic realities, ideological evolutions and significant cultural achievements. Students will read selections of important primary sources available in English translation, such as Tabarî’s History, Ibn Munqidh’s Memoirs, Ghaz_li’s Book of Counsel for Kings, Abû Dulaf’s Qasîda sâsâniyya, Ibn Battûta’s Travels, and Ibn Khaldûn’s Muqaddima.

If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.


Yahya Michot


Fall 2019

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