Near Eastern Languages & Cultures | Introduction to Islamic Civilization
N565 | 3144 | Walbridge
Course Meets: 1:00 - 2:15 MW KH 200
This course will introduce students to medieval Islamic history and culture, with a special emphasis on the
historical role of the Muslim religion. The origins, early and medieval periods of Islamic civilization will be
surveyed from A.D. 600 to 1500. Topics will include pre-Islamic Arabia, the life and times of Muhammad,
the Quran and the basic teachings of Islam, the Arab conquests and the caliphate, the successor states, and
major aspects of Islamic culture, such as law, sects, theology, philosophy, literature, art and the relationship
between state and religion.
Readings will consists of textbooks and Islamic texts in translation.