ISC212 – The Middle-Period of Islamic History
This module represents the third part of the history of Islam, familiarizing students with the periods that followed the formative period of Islam. The period of study begins with the rise of the Umayyads in 40/661 and finishes with end of the Abbasid caliphate at 922/1517. The module aims to give the students a broad understanding of the general trends, significant events, and the political terrain in one of the most significant eras of the Islamic age, allowing students to contextualize the development of the Islamic sciences in their historic background.
The syllabus will consist of examining key issues during the nine centuries addressed in this module.
- The Rise and Fall of the Umayyad caliphate
- The Rise of the Abbasid caliphate and its Golden Age
- The Late Abbasid caliphate and the various sultanates: Idrisids, Aghlabids, Hamdanids, Buwahids, Qaramitah.
- The Fatimids
- The Crusades