Courses Catalogue

History Of Islamic Civilization

COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

1: Introduction (8 hours)

  • Definition and meaning of the term Civilization and Islamic civilization
  • Forms of civilization in the world.
  • Islamic civilization compared with Modern/ western civilization.
  • Pre- Islamic civilization in Arabia.
  • The Kaabah as a symbol of civilization, the camel and the desert.

2: The founder of Islamic civilization (8 hours)

  • The birth of prophet Muhammad (SAW), his relations with Khadijah, participation in trade, social affairs and adventure.
  • The secret and public call.
  • His preaching, opposition to his call, Al-Isra Wal-Miraj, migration to Abyssinia and he social boycott. 
  • The pledges of Aqaba, Hijra and the establishment of Islamic civilization in the Islamic state of Medina, the construction of Medina and its constitution.

3: The struggle of the Muslim state (8 hours)

  • The battles of  Badr, Uhd an Khandaq
  • The period of peace and the truce of Hudaibiyya and the peaceful conquest of Mecca.
  • The seeds of Islamic civilization planted by the prophet, his pardon to the Quraish, his last sermon and Hijjatulwidaa, growing of his successor, his eventual death and      results of his death.
  • The caliphate period and its contribution to the development of Islamic civilization

4: Islamic dynasties (8 hours)

  • The Umayyads and their contribution to Islamic civilization.
  • The Abbasid era and the consolidation of Islamic civilization.
  • The Fatimids in Egypt and their developments.
  • The Ottoman Empire and Islamic civilization in Europe.

5: Decline of the Influence of Islamic civilization (8 hours)

  • Western attacks on Islamic civilization and the crusade movements.
  • Islamic civilization in colonial days.

6: Islamic civilization in the contemporary world (8 hours)

  • Islamic civilization and Globalization.
  • Islamic civilization and the terrorism issue.
  • Islamic civilization and the war.
  • Islamic civilization on poverty eradication, unity, heath etc.


  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • In class discussions
  • Guided discovery


  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs,DVDs and Tapes