Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2147: Classical Islamic History

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics

  • The rise of Islam and the establishment of the Muslim polity
  • Umayyads and ?Abb?sids
  • The pious opposition
  • Rise of Shi?i dissent and counter-narratives
  • Conquest of the East
  • Conquest of North Africa and Iberia
  • Umayyads and successor states in Iberia
  • Almorads and Almoravids
  • Problematics of theology, politics and law in Andalus


Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities11Seminar discussions and presentations
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities11Lectures
Guided Independent Study72Reading and preparing the texts
Guided Independent Study56Study and preparations for the essay and the exams

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Muhammad Ballan’s excellent blog: