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AHUM 13A00 - From Córdoba to Samarkand : Introduction to the Arab and Islamic Civilization (570-1920)

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn and Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Composed of six 2-hour sessions, this intensive core course aims to explore major moments of Arab & Islamic History, from the birth of Muhammad (570) to the end of the First World War and the subsequent collapse of the Ottoman Empire (1914-1924). From Córdoba to Samarkand, we will rely on sociological, political and geographical notions in order to explore together 1,500 years of historical processes.


CIMINO, Matthieu L. (Chercheur)

Pedagogical format

Session 1: Muhammad: from the Revelation to the emergence of a new empire (570-661) Session 2: Articulating the hilāfah: a compared perspective on the Umayyads and the Abbasids (661-1258) Session 3: Culture, societies and the rise of the ʿulamā Session 4: From Al-Andalus to Central Asia: the fragmentation of the Arab-Islamic civilization (711-1492) Session 5: The Age of Encounters: history of the Crusading Movement (1095 – 1191) Session 6: “Islam from Abroad”: between the Ottomans and the Safavids (1299-1923) Conclusion: al-nahda, the Muslim “Awakening” (18th–20th C.

Course validation

In-Class Participation (10 % of the final mark) Midterm exam (40 % of the final mark) Final exam (50 % of the final mark)


This mandatory course will be completed by six 2-hour reading sessions. Questions, comments and other ideas for discussion are always more than welcome. Participation in class is strongly advised!

Required reading

Albert HOURANI, A History of the Arab Peoples, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003, 624 pp.

Additional required reading

Ira LAPIDUS, A History of Islamic Societies, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002, 1002 pp.