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This subject examines the growth of Islamic civilisation in the period between the revelation of the Quran and the Spanish Christian reconquest of Granada in 1492. The study focuses on the Arabic speaking areas of western Asia, North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula, and its aim is to understand the conditions in which religiously founded dynastic states appeared, the relationships between religion, power, culture and economy, and the role of ethnicity and language in the creation of political and cultural communities. On completion of the subject students should be familiar with the theories about the causes of the rise and fall of the Islamic states and understand the role of religion in integrating and disintegrating multi-ethnic states.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete this subject should be able to:
- be familiar with the history of and theories about the causes of the rise and fall of the Islamic states;
- understand the role of religion in integrating and disintegrating multi-ethnic states, and the causes of the economic and political preponderance of the Islamic states during this period;
- think critically about and analyse contemporary or near contemporary documents;
- use images and graphic material and integrate it into an argued narrative; and
- undertake oral communication and classroom collaboration.
Last updated: 15 May 2020