Great Empires of Islamic Civilisation

Subject HIST20010 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 8.5 hours per week: total time commitment 102 hours
Prerequisites: None
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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Assoc Prof Richard Pennell


Richard Pennell
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.

  • be familiar with the theories about the causes of the rise and fall of the Islamic empires.
  • understand the role of religion in integrating and disintegrating multi-ethnic states, and the causes of the economic and political preponderance of the Islamic states during this period.
  • be able to evaluate and make use of texts describing this period.

A 1000-word take-home exam 20% (due mid-semester) a 500-word tutorial journal 10% (due late semester) and a 2500-word written project 70% (due during examination period).

Hurdle requirement: students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day; after five days, no late assessment will be accepted. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

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    Breadth Options:

    This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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    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.
    Notes: Formerly available as 131-238/338. Students who have completed 131-238 or 131-338 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
    Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Major
    Asian Studies
    Asian Studies
    Asian Studies
    Asian Studies Major
    History Major
    Islamic Studies
    Islamic Studies
    Islamic Studies Major
    Related Breadth Track(s): Medieval and Early Modern Studies
    Middle East and Islam

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