Early Islamic History: A Survey (HIST 531)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
History(HIST)
3
10.00
Ferenc Péter Csirkés fcsirkes@sabanciuniv.edu,
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English
Doctoral, Master
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Interactive Lesson,Lecture,
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CONTENT

The course covers the period from the emergence of Islam to the end of Abbasid rule in Baghdad, and focuses on the central lands of Islam. After a chronological review of the political processes of expansion, state-formation, and decentralization, various aspects of social and intellectual life are examined. Topics to be covered include : the question of unity and diversity in Islamic history; the development of the religious sciences, law, political thought and philosophy; social hierarchies in theory and practice; and economic life and thought. For the possibility of being taken as an undergraduate course, subject to adjusted work requirements, see HIST 331.

OBJECTIVE

Survey of political and social history and the development of the religious sciences, law, political thought and philosophy up tp the thirteenth century.

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Readings

* J. P. Berkey, The Formation of Islam, Religion and Society in the Near East, 600-1800 (Cambridge: CUP, 2003)
* M. A. Shaban, Islamic History, A New Interpretation (Cambridge: CUP, 1971), vols. 1-2
* S. R. Humphreys, Islamic History, A Framework for Inquiry (Princeton: Princeton UNiversity Press, 1991).