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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Part IB

This paper examines how the development of the Islamic world was shaped by its social, political, economic and ecological contexts, tracing the history of Islam from its origins in the religious and political turmoil of late antiquity through the rise and fall of the first Muslim empire and the emergence of the new religious and political formations of early medieval times. Students taking this paper will learn to engage with current debates about the formative era of Islam (c.500 to c.1000 CE) and will learn to analyse the relevant primary sources.