Great Empires of Islamic Civilisation

Subject 131-046 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Usually 12.5 points of first-year history or Islamic studies.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Dr Richard Pennell & Dr Abdullah Saeed
Subject Overview:

This subject examines the growth of Islamic civilisation in the period between the revelation of the Quran and the end of Muslim rule in Spain in 1492. The study focuses on the Arabic and Turkish-speaking areas of western Asia, North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula, and its aim is to understand the conditions in which religiously founded political empires appeared; the relationships between religion, power, culture and economy; and the role of ethnicity and language in the creation of political and cultural communities. On completion of the subject students should be familiar with the theories about the causes of the rise and fall of the Islamic empires and understand the role of religion in integrating and disintegrating multi-ethnic states.

Assessment: A 1000 word take home exam (due mid semester) a 500 word tutorial journal (due in final weeks of semester) a research project of 2500 words (due during the examination period)
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to think critically and analyse complex issues;

  • develop their ability to research in depth primary materials relating to such issues;

  • have an ability to present their findings orally to a class, and in effective written prose for assessment.


Formerly available as 131-238/338. Students who have completed 131-238 or 131-338 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Arts (Ancient and Medieval Studies)
Diploma in Arts (Asian Studies)
Diploma in Arts (History)
Diploma in Arts (Islamic Studies)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Ancient and Medieval Studies)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Islamic Studies)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Medieval and Renaissance Studies)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Renaissance and Early Modern Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Ancient and Medieval Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Arabic Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Asian Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Islamic Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Medieval & Renaissance Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Renaissance and Early Modern Studies)

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