Early Islamic History
This course explores the history of Islamic civilizaiton from its foundation in the seventh century to the establishment of the Ottoman Empire in the fourteenth century. After examining the consolidation of the Arabian peninsula under the Prophet Muhammad and the early Caliphs, we will turn our attention to the Umayyad and Abbasid states. The course will conclude with a discussion of the Mongol invasion of the Middle East/West Asia in 1258 and its aftermath. Topics to be covered include early Islamic political philosophy, the emergence and development of Islamic law, the posistion of minority groups within various early Islamic states, early Islamic approaches to gender and sexuality, and how this formative period of Islamic history is remembered both inside and outsice of the Middle East/West Asia today.