Chart the history of the Early Islamic world and connect it to the present.
Understand the basics of Islamic belief and practice and how it has evolved.
Show an understanding of how Islam has been expressed.
A brief overview of the Islamic World, covering basic geographical concepts and modern day status.
2. The Origins of Islam: The Life of Muhammad. (January 6th) (Classroom link)
An overview of the life of Muhammad from his birth in around 570 to his death in about 630. Covering his early life to his prophethood and death along with the major events of his life such as the Hijra and the Nights Journey.
3. Necessary History: The Rashidun Caliphs. (January 9th) (Classroom link)
Briefly covering the Caliphates of the first four Caliphs, Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali, and the accomplishments and events of their reigns, such as the Ridda Wars under Abu Bakr, the conquests of Umar, the codification of the Qu'ran under Uthman and the First Fitna, the Islamic Civil War, under Ali.
4. The Qu'ran, a Concept. (January 12th) (Classroom link)
Covering the book known as the Qu'ran. It's status in Islam, it's structure, language, coverage and impact in both the Islamic world throughout history.
5. Sunna, Hadith and Sharia (January 15th) (Classroom link)
Covering the important, if often confusing concepts, in Islamic theology and law. This lesson will go over the Hadith (The reported sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad not codified in the Qu'ran). The Sunna (The sum of these actions, and their history as a concept) and Sharia (Both classical and modern Sharia, the summation of over a thousand years of Islamic jurisprudence)
6. Sectarianism: Sunni, Shia, Ibadi and More. (January 18th) (Classroom link)
A look at the origins of Islamic Sectarianism, from its early history in the First Fitna to the modern day. A look at what we've learned so far from a Shia perspective
7. A Modern Retrospective: The Islamic World Today (January 21st) (Classroom link)
A look at the Islamic World, in the light of what we have learned, and how modern media, both in the West and in the Islamic World, reflects our thoughts on it.