Islamic History (التاريخ الإسلامي)

Our Islamic history extends back since the beginning of times with the story of creation, to the point when Prophet Adam (PBUH) descended to earth to the time when our beloved Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) and his companions established an Umaah based on faith, equality and justice.

 

The history and origin of Islam represent a crucial building block of any Muslim’s education. An Islamic history course helps students understand why Islam appealed to such a great variety of people, why the religion spread quickly, and why it facilitated some of the most advanced thinking and discovery of its era.

 

Islamic history — and especially Islamic history for kids — provides context for contemporary questions about faith and leadership. By studying the role of the prophets, their sahabah, the caliphs and the sultans, Muslims can become familiar with the men, women and even children who have influenced their religion and culture. In Western society, it is typical for students to receive little or no instruction on Islamic history prior to attending university classes. This leaves both Muslims and non-Muslims with little more than a passing understanding of the great civilizations built upon the holy cities of Mecca and Medina — and later Damascus, Cairo and Baghdad. Worse, it leaves Muslims without a deeper understanding of the great issues and questions of their faith — such as the Sunni-Shia schism or the secularization of contemporary Islam.

 

About This Course

The only prerequisite for the history and origin of Islam classes is that a student be at least 5 years of age. Our instructors have thorough teaching experience to help direct learning at all ages and levels — tailoring the message of Islamic history to each student.

 

Designed with scholars from Al-Azhar University, we offer a unique syllabus divided into five levels that span the history of Islam — since creation to modern times. The syllabus focuses on a variety of topics that are designed to develop pride and knowledge about major Islamic figures and periods throughout history. It incorporates teachings from the Quran and from hadith to better explain the context of Islam’s foundation, growth and maturity.

 

What you’ll learn

Learning goals:

The Story of Creation
Prophets of Islam
Prophet Muhammad
The Sahabas
The Rightly Guided Caliphs
Umayyad Caliphate
Abbasid Caliphate
The Crusades and the Mongols
Ottoman Caliphate
Modern Times

 

The instructors for this course, listed below, have an educational background in Islamic history, culture, religious studies and the Arabic language. This rich understanding helps to contextualize historical events with modern-day issues, or to identify major changes as they arose across space and time.

 

By the conclusion of this course, our instructors will be able to give students the understanding they require to answer questions about how Islamic culture has grown to become a global phenomenon; about the historical relationship between Islamic nations and their neighbors; and about who played the largest roles in the development of Muslim society.

 

Who Teaches

Haytham E.
Haytham E.
Bachelor's Degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies - Al-Azhar University
Amina H.
Amina H.
Bachelor's Degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies - Al-Azhar University

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  • Length: 30 hrs (A, B and C)
  • Effort: 1 hour per week (2 optional)
  • Subject: History
  • Level: Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Languages: Arabic, English
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Prerequisites
  • 5+ years