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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

Pre-requisite

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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.

Teachers

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)

Workload

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.