History course details

  LESSON  TITLE  TOPICS 
TERM 1 | INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW  1  Introduction 
  • Islamic and European (Western) civilizations  
  • Beginnings of human history  
  • Geography  
  • Ancient Arabian peoples  
  • Arabic Language 
  • The myth of Europe  
  • The Evolution Myth 

 

  2  The writing of history 
  • Examine the historian  
  • Euro-centrism 
  • Reclaiming our history - “Middle Ages” 
  • The Apocalyptic Jesus  
  • The Islamic Age 622 – 1707 CE 
  • Overview of period 622-2000 

 

  3  Overview of the  political-military history of the period 622-2000 
  • High Caliphate period 622-1066 
  • Islamic Sultanates, Emirates & Khanates 1066-1500 
  • Gunpowder empires 1500-1707 
  • The European Age: 1707-2000 
  4  Intellectual history of Islamic world & Europe: 622-1707 
  • Intellectual trends - timelines 
  • Muslim world 661-1066 | intellectual trends  
  • Changes in Europe 

 

  5  Intellectual history of Islamic world & Europe: 1707-2000 

 

  • 17th-18th Century 
  • 18th century – emergence of the Modern Age 
  • 19th Century - transformation  
  • 20th century – political ideologies 
  • Muslim response to European dominance/modernity  
  • Political Islamic movements 20th cent. 
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  6  Economic history of Islamic world & Europe 622-2000 
  • French Revolution 1789 – 1799 
  • Liberalism and Capitalism  
  • Economics: law of scarcity  
  • Economic trends - timelines  
  • The Islamic Economy 
  • European Middle Ages economy 
  • European Age Capitalism 

 

 

TERM 2 | Age of the Forerunners (salaf)  7  Rashidun Period (632-661) 1 |  

The Apocalypse  

  • Pre-Islamic world; Ancient empires 
  • Pre-Islamic Arabia & Arabic language 
  • The Apocalypse 
  • Biographical sketch of the Prophet (upon him be mercy and peace) 

 

  8  Rashidun Period 2 |  

Abu Bakr  

  • Election of Abu Bakr 
  • Inaugural address 
  • Army of Usamah 
  • Virtues of Abu Bakr 
  • Wars of Apostasy 
  • Gathering of the Quran 
  9  Rashidun period 3 | Umar 
  • A note on sources 
  • Biographical sketch 
  • Virtues of Umar 
  • Major events during his caliphate 
  • Battle of Yarmouk 
  • Battle of Qadisiyyah 
  • Conquest of Jerusalem 
  • Administration of Umar 
  • Appointment of his successor 
  •  
  10  Rashidun period 4 | Uthman 

 

  • Biographical sketch 
  • Virtues of Uthman 
  • Caliphate of Uthman  
  • Military conquests 
  • Administration 
  • Infrastructure  
  • Rebellion and martyrdom 

 

  11  Rashidun period 5 | Ali 

 

  • Biographical sketch 
  • Virtues of Ali 
  • Caliphate of Ali  
  • Khawarij Rebellion and martyrdom 
  • The party of Ali 
  • Caliphate of Al-Hasan 
  • Evaluation of Rashidun period 

 

TERM 3 | THE ISLAMIC AGE (ISLAMIC MILLENNIUM)  12  High Caliphate period (622-1066) | The Umayyads and Abbasids 
  • The Umayyad Caliphs  
  • Rise of Abbasid power 
  • Sayyid Hussain and Kerbala 
  • The idea of the ‘Family of the Prophet’  
  • The Abbasid Caliphs 
  • Successor states and Muslim commonwealth period 10th/11th c. 
  • Turks/ghilman & Bedouin tribes 

 

  13  High Caliphate period | Harun Rashid & Baghdad 
  • Harun al-Rashid 
  • Description and character 
  • Courtly life & culture 
  • Jihad & cultural exchange with Byzantium 
  • The Barmakids – rise and fall 
  • Society and life in Baghdad 

 

 

  14  High Caliphate period 3 | Barbarian Kingdoms & Vikings   

  • Europe during High Caliphate period 
  • Barbarian kingdoms 
  • Conversion of Barbarians to Christianity 
  • Angles & Saxons 
  • Viking Age 
  • Intellectual trends in Muslim world 
  • Economic miracle of Abbasids 

 

  15  Middle period (1066-1500) 1 | Normans, Crusaders & Turks 

 

 

  • Normans & The Crusades; 
  • Nomads/Bedouins 
  • The Turks 

 

NOTE: TAUGHT BY SH TALAL AL AZEM  16  Middle period 2 | Intellectual trends in the Middle period 

 

  • intellectual trends IN MIDDLE PERIOD 
  • Rise of Sufi tariqas 
  • Unity of Sunni orthodoxy 

 

  17  Middle period 3 | The Mongolian Expansion   

  • Genghis & the Mongols 
  • Khanates and conversion to Islam 
  • Expansion of Islam 
  • Sultan Timur 

 

  18  Gunpowder empires 1 | European renaissance & Ottoman expansion   

  • Reconquista of Spain and ‘discovery’ of America  
  • Europe during the 16th & 17th centuries  
  • Reformation, Renaissance & Discovery  
  • Scientific revolution  
  • Spanish Gold and Silver  
  • Mercantilism   
  • The ‘Turks’ and Solomon the Magnificent  

 

 

  19  Gunpowder empires 2 | The  

Mughals  

 

  • Muslim history in India 
  • Legacy of the Mughals 
  • Aurungzeb - misrepresentations 

 

 

TERM 4 | THE EUROPEAN AGE 

 

 

20  18th CENTURY:  

the European Enlightenment 

  • Overview and major events and figures of 18th century 
  • Intellectual trends of 18th c. 
  • Liberalism, socialism, and science 
  • Reform movements of Shah Waliullah and Ibn Abdul-Wahhab 
  • Transatlantic slave trade 
  • European rivalries 

 

  21  18th/19th CENTURY 1 | European Empires & revolutions 
  • Political revolutions – American and French revolutions  
  • Napoleonic wars  
  • Global capitalism & European rivalries in 19thc.  
  • Ideas in 19thc. – democracy, nationalism, racism, liberalism/socialism/conservatism  

 

  22  19TH CENTURY 2 | "Excuse us please - we're British" 
  • Muslim response in 19thc.  
  • Ottoman tanzimat  
  • Jamalud-deen Afghani  
  • Pax Brittanica– East India Company and the Opium Wars  
  • The White Flood – destruction of native Americans and Australians and settlement of their continents  
  • The Scramble for Africa 

 

  23  20TH CENTURY 1 | the World Wars 
  • Overview of 20thc. in 5 slides  
  • The world in 1900: European world order  
  • WW1  
  • Interwar years   
  • WW2  
  • Post WW2 ordering: UN and Bretton Woods  
  • 1945 – 1971:the 50s and 60s American Empire  

 

 

  24  20th CENTURY 2 | The Cold War and American empire 
  • 1945 – 1971:the 50s and 60s American Empire  
  • Children of Israel  
  • 1945-1971: Muslim world  
  • 1971 – 1991: global capitalism & religious revivals  
  • Collapse of Soviet Union  
  • The 90s: New World Order  

 

 

NB: the lessons for Term 1 have been extensively revised and restructured so the order of the topics will be different to the table above.   


DATES HISTORY COURSE 2018/19: (9.30 AM-2 PM)

1. 30/9/18
2. 21/10/18
3. 11/11/18
4. 9/12/18
5. 13/1/19
6. 10/2/19
7. 10/3/19
8. 31/3/19
9. 28/4/19
10. 9/6/19
11. 30/6/19
12. 14/7/19

Note: in each class we cover 2 lessons from the syllabus above


 

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