Description This survey begins with the examination of the emergence of an Islamic society in Arabia in the seventh century and its rapid conquest of a world empire. The subsequent development of Islam as a religion, legal system, political order, and civilization is traced. Contributions of non-Arab peoples—Persians, Turks, Mongols—will be assessed. The conflict between orthodoxy and sectarianisms, Islamic mysticism, the formation of Muslim states and kingdoms, and the spread of Islam to Spain in the west and China in the east will be covered.
Note No previous knowledge of classical Islamic history (seventh through the fifteenth centuries) is required.