Institute of Archaeology

The Early Islamic World

The Dome of the Rock

How did the Arabs, a small group of tribes living in Arabia, come to conquer and rule a vast region from the Atlantic to the Indus? And how did their religion, Islam, come to be a major world religion? This module provides a thematic analysis of the first three centuries of Islam (600-900CE), moving between Arabia, the imperial centres of Baghdad and Damascus and the furthest reaches of the Islamic world. It will address key topics including religion and empire, urbanism and monumentality, the ‘Green Revolution’, frontiers and jihad, industrial innovation, new trading worlds, and issues in Islamic heritage today.

Course information

  • Code: ARCL3103
  • Credits: 0.5
  • Coordinator: Corisande Fenwick
  • Prerequisite: This course does not have a prerequisite.
  • Handbook: open»

For registered students


  • Not running in 2017-18

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