RELST 2655

RELST 2655

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021.

At the beginning of the 7th century, a new religion, Islam, appeared in Arabia and by the end of the century, Muslims had defeated the Byzantines and Persians and created an empire that stretched from Spain to India. For the next millennium, Islam glittered. Its caliphs, courts, and capitals were grander, more powerful, and more sophisticated than those of any medieval king, duke or prince. In this course, we will trace the emergence and development of Islamic civilization from the birth of Muhammad ca. 570 to the Mongol sack of Baghdad in 1258. We will read the Qur'an and listen to its recitation; examine the career of the Prophet Muhammad; follow the course of the Arab conquests; explore the nature of the conflict between Sunnis and Shi'is; learn about the five pillars of Islam, sharia law, theology, and Sufism; and assess the achievements of Muslim intellectuals in literature, art, architecture, science, and philosophy.

When Offered Fall.

Breadth Requirement (GHB)
Distribution Category (HA-AS, ALC-AS, HST-AS)
Course Attribute (CU-ITL)

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HIST 2530MEDVL 2655NES 2655

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6818RELST 2655  LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person Transition to Online
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HIST 2530MEDVL 2655NES 2655

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 20559RELST 2655  LEC 002

    • MWOnline Meeting
    • Sep 2 - Dec 16, 2020
    • Powers, D

  • Instruction Mode: Online