Enrolled: 16 students
Duration: 12
Lectures: 11
Level: Beginner

This module is the first part of the Islamic History modules. It aims to introduce the foundation of the formative period of Islam that began with the advent of Islam. It will present the social structure of the Arabs before the advent of Islam and the social milieu in which Muhammad was born. It focuses on the life and mission of the Prophet Muhammad, the establishment of the first Muslim community in Medina and its struggle for survival. The module will assist the student to grasp the foundation of Islam from an historical prospective and look at complex issues of the succession to the Prophet.

1
Pre-Islamic Arabia and the Prophet’s early life
2
The primary message and the leading Meccan opposition
3
The persecution in Mecca and the migrations
4
The Constitution of Medina
5
Mecca versus Medina
6
The return to Mecca
7
The social reforms of the Prophet
8
The Farewell Pilgrimage
9
The final days of the Prophet
10
The Prophet’s succession
11
Images of the Prophet in Medieval non-Muslim and Orientalists
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The teacher for this subject is Mr. De Martino and the text book is:

Ayub, M. M. (2003) The Crisis of Muslim History, Religion and politics in early Islam, Oxford: One World, 2003 Publications