Course Description for Islamic History to 1798
Islamic History to 1798
Islamic History to 1798 examines the Islamic world from its origins, c.600 CE until the decline of the last of the great Muslim "gunpowder" empires in the 18th century. The first half of the course will concentrate on the religious, political, and cultural achievements of the united Islamic world. The second half of the course will focus on the spread of Islam in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa, the success of Islamic states in the early modern period, and the crisis they faced at the end of the 18th century with the rise of Western industrial military might. Our approach to Islamic history will be interdisciplinary - combining the approaches of history, literary analysis, religious studies, and art history.