Undergraduate Course: Islamic History A: The Formation of the Islamic World (IMES08033)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is an introduction to the history of the Islamic world from 550 to 1050 CE. It covers the pre-Islamic background to Islam, the life of the Prophet Muhammad, the Arab conquests, the formation of the first Muslim world empire (the Caliphate), the emergence of the 'orthodox' Islamic traditions of Sunni and Shi'i Islam, and the fragmentation of the Caliphate into a 'commonwealth' of successor states.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 21,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1500-word essay 45%,
seminar participation 15%,
1500-word time-limited assignment 40%.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- outline the key events in the history of the Middle East and Islam c. 550-c. 1050 CE
- explain the various dimensions (e.g. social, religious, cultural, political, economic) of historical changes in the Middle East in the formative period of Islam, including: the emergence of Islam, the Islamic conquests and the formation of a Muslim Empire, the decline of that empire and the emergence of Muslim 'successor states', and the development of Sunni and Shi'i forms of Islam
- critique the relative usefulness of the sources available for the historical reconstruction of the life of the Prophet Muhammad
- critique primary and secondary sources and integrate these sources into their argumentation in an effective manner
- present arguments in a variety of written and oral formats as well as the ability to participate in informed debate on the above topics
|Bennison, A., The Great Caliphs: The Golden Age of the ¿Abbasid Empire, London, 2009.|
Berkey, J. P., The Formation of Islam: Religion and Society in the Near East, 600¿1800, Cambridge, 2003.
Hawting, G., The First Dynasty of Islam, London, 2000 (1st ed., 1986).
Kennedy, H., The Prophet and the Age of the Caliphates, London, 2004 (1st ed., 1986)
Lapidus, I.M., Islamic Societies to the Nineteenth Century: A Global History, Cambridge, 2012.
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|Additional Class Delivery Information
|Keywords||IMES IH A
|Course organiser||Dr Songul Mecit
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161
|Course secretary||Mrs Anne Budo
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161