ISL483 History of Islam: From Tribe to World Civilisation (8)


This subject discusses critically the history of Muslim societies and civilisation from the death of the Prophet Muhammad to the present era. The periods of Rightly Guided Caliphs, the Umayyad Empire, the Abbasid Empire, the Ottoman Caliphate and other major sultanates will be studied. There will be particular focus on the major historic events and patterns as well as the intellectual, economic, social and cultural aspects of the Islamic civilisation. The Muslim contribution to science and civilisation will be evaluated critically. The decline of the Muslim world; the impact the European colonisation on Muslim societies; the post colonial era culminating in the present day relationship between the West and the Muslim world will also be discussed.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLCentre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Enrolment restrictions

Master of Islamic Studies (Articulated Set)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand critically the major events of the Rightly Guided era and the first schism in Islamic history.
  • be able to evaluate critically how Crusades and Mongol invasion of the Muslim world produced a new world order.
  • be able to discuss critically the internal and external factors responsible for the rise and decline of the Muslim world from 15th to 19th century.
  • be able to demonstrate in-depth understanding of the intellectual, cultural, social and economic scale of the Islamic civilisation.
  • be able to evaluate critically the Muslim contribution to science and human civilisation.
  • be able to analyse critically the effects of European colonisation on the modern condition of Muslim societies.
  • be able to demonstrate critical ability to deduct theological, legal and spiritual meanings from the Qur'anic verses by following exegetical methodology.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Rightly Guided Caliphs (632-661)
  • Great Arab-Muslim conquests and the Umayyads
  • The Abbasid Empire and the worldwide diffusion of Islam
  • The Crusades and their impact on Europe and the Muslim World
  • Mongol invasion and Seljuks
  • Birth of the Turkish sultanates - Ottomans, Safavids and Mughals
  • The rise of the Ottoman Empire
  • Struggle for Europe: Ottoman Empire and Europe
  • Decline of the Ottoman Empire and the Muslim world
  • Colonisation and its impact on the Muslim world
  • End of the Ottoman Empire and emergence of revivalist movements
  • Muslim societies after World War II


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.