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ARAB1150
Module Reading List

Early and Medieval Islamic History, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Dr Fozia Bora
f.g.bora@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

WEEKLY READING

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1. Introduction to Early and Medieval Islamic History

Essential Reading

Supplementary Reading

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2. The Life and Career of the Prophet Muhammad

Reading

Jonathan A. C. Brown (2011), Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford   

Jonathan Brockopp (2010), The Cambridge Companion to Muhammad, Cambridge

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3. Succession to the Prophet and the Early Caliphate

Essential Reading

  • Asma Afsaruddin (2010), ‘Where earth and heaven meet: remembering Muḥammad as head of state’ Ch 9 of The Cambridge Companion to Muhammad, ed. J Brockopp, Cambridge, pp 180-198   
  • R.A. Campbell, (2008). ‘Leadership succession in early Islam: Exploring the nature and role of historical precedents’, The Leadership Quarterly 19, pp. 426–438

Further Reading

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 4. The historiographical sources: problems and solutions

Essential Reading

Further Reading

  • Abdelkader I. Tayob (1999), ‘Tabarī on the Companions of the Prophet: Moral and Political Contours in Islamic Historical Writing’, Journal of the American Oriental Society, 119:2, pp. 203-210   

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5. The early Islamic Conquests (part 1): The transformation of the Near East under the banner of the new religion, c. 632-720 CE 

Essential Reading

Further Reading

  • J. W. Jandora (1986): ‘Developments in Islamic Warfare: The Early Conquests’ Studia Islamica, no. 64. pp. 101-113
  • Walter Kaegi (1998): ‘Egypt on the Eve of the Muslim Conquest,’ in The Cambridge History of Egypt, volume 1, Islamic Egypt 640-1517, ed. Carl F. Petry. Cambridge, pp. 34-61.

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6. The early Islamic conquests (part 2): The consolidation of empire in revisionist vs. traditional accounts

Essential Reading

Further Reading

  • Suleiman A. Mourad (2000): ‘On Early Islamic Historiography: Abū Ismāʿīl Al-Azdī and His Futūḥ Al-Shām’, Journal of the American Oriental Society, 120:4, pp. 577- 593
  • Chase F. Robinson (1997): ‘The Study of Islamic Historiography: A Progress Report‘ (review of Khalidi and Noth/Conrad), Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 7:2, pp. 199- 227; read esp. 211-227

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7. The Umayyad State 661-750: Sufyanids and Marwanids

Essential Reading

Further Reading

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8. Archaeology and numismatics: windows on to history

Essential Reading

Further Reading

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9. Women in Islamic history

Essential Reading

Further Reading

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10. 'Abd al-Malik (685-705) and the Dome of the Rock

Essential Reading

  • Nasser Rabbat (1989), ‘The Meaning of the Umayyad Dome of the Rock’, Muqarnas 6, pp. 12-21   
  • S. D. Goitein (1950), ‘The Historical Background of the Erection of the Dome of the Rock, Journal of the American Oriental Society 70:2, pp. 104- 108   

Further Reading

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11. The ‘Abbasid Revolution (750 CE)

Essential Reading

Further Reading

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 12. The Mihna or 'Inquisition' (833-848): political and religious turmoil

Essential Reading

Further Reading

  • C. Melchert (1996): ‘Religious Policies of the Caliphs from al‐Mutawakkil to al‐Muqtadir AH 232‐295/AD 847‐908’, Islamic Law and Society 3:3, pp. 316‐342
  • Christopher Melchert (1997), ‘The Adversaries of Ahmad Ibn Hanbal’, Arabica 44:2, pp. 234‐253
  • J. A. Nawas (1994): ‘A Reexamination of Three Current Explanations for al-Mamun's Introduction of the Mihna’, International Journal of Middle East Studies 26:4, pp. 615–629

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13. The rise and fall of Islamic Spain (film clips)

Reading

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 14. Fatimids and Saljuqs

Essential Reading

  • Paula Sander (1998), ‘The Fatimid State, 969-1171’ The Cambridge History of Egypt, vol. 1 (2008), pp.151-174.   
  • Charles Melville (1998), ‘History: From the Saljuqs to the Aq Qoyunlu (ca. 1000-1500 C.E.)’, Iranian Studies 31:3/4, pp. 473-482   

Further Reading

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 15. Arab and Muslim perspectives on the Crusades: 200 years of the 'Wars of the Cross', 1095-1291

Essential Reading

Further Reading

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 16. Slavery: Locating and historicising slavery in pre-modern Islamic societies

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17. Education in Medieval Islam: the Madrasa

Essential Reading

Further Reading

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18. The Mamluks: Slaves to sultans, 1250-1517

Essential Reading

Further Reading

  • D. P. Little (1973): ‘The Historical and Historiographical Significance of the Detention of Ibn Taymiyya’, International Journal of Middle East Studies 4:3, pp. 311-327
  • Ulrich Haarmann (1988): ‘Rather the Injustice of the Turks than the Righteousness of the Arabs: Changing 'Ulamā' Attitudes Towards Mamluk Rule in the Late Fifteenth Century’, Studia Islamica 68, pp. 61-77
  • A. Sayeed (2002): ‘Women and Ḥadīth Transmission: Two Case Studies from Mamluk Damascus’, Studia Islamica 95. pp. 71-94
  • Craig Perry, ‘Historicizing Slavery in the Medieval Islamic World’, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 49 (2017), 133–138

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GENERAL BACKGROUND READING

Please note: this is a list of reading materials for the purposes of writing essays or understanding the background to the issues we discuss in the module. Weekly readings are above, and outlined in the schedule in your module handbook.

 Surveys and Overviews

Further Reading: More Specialised

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Thematic Reading

The Life of the Prophet Muhammad: Monographs

The Life of the Prophet Muhammad: Journal Articles

  • Sebastian Gunther (2002), Muhammad, the Illiterate Prophet: An Islamic Creed in the Qur’an and Qur’anic Exegesis, Journal of Quranic Studies 4:1, pp. 1-26
  • R. B. Serjeant (1990), ‘Meccan Trade and the Rise of Islam: Misconceptions and Flawed Polemics. Review of Meccan Trade and the Rise of Islam by Patricia Crone’, Journal of the American Oriental Society, 110:3, pp. 472-486
  • Fred McGraw Donner (1977), ‘Mecca's Food Supplies and Muhammad's Boycott’, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 20:3, pp. 249-266
  • Robert Hoyland (2007), ‘Writing the Biography of the Prophet Muhammad: Problems and Solutions’, History Compass 5:2, pp. 581–602
  • Asma Afsaruddin( 2001), review of The Quest for the Historical Muhammad by Ibn Warraq, Journal of the American Oriental Society, 121:4, pp. 728- 729
  • Jeremy Johns (2003), ‘Archaeology and the History of Early Islam: The First Seventy Years’ Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 46:4, pp. 411-436
  • Rizwi S. Faizer (1996), ‘Muhammad and the Medinan Jews: A Comparison of the Texts of Ibn Ishaq's Kitab Sirat Rasul Allah with al-Waqidi's Kitab al-Maghazi’, International Journal of Middle East Studies 28:4, pp. 463-489
  • Muhammad Qasim Zaman (1996), ‘Maghazi and the Muhaddithun: Reconsidering the Treatment of "Historical" Materials in Early Collections of Hadith’, International Journal of Middle East Studies 28:1, pp. 1-18
  • R. B. Serjeant (1978), ‘Sunnah Jāmi'ah, pacts with the Yathrib Jews, and the Tahrīm of Yathrib: analysis and translation of the documents comprised in the so-called “Constitution of Medina”’, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 41: 1, pp. 1-42
  • Patricia Crone (2008), ‘What do we actually know about Mohammed?’, Open Democracy website: http://www.opendemocracy.net/faith-europe_islam/mohammed_3866.jsp
  • ‘Muhammad’, ‘Nubuwwa’, in The Encyclopedia of Islam, 2nd Edition, 12 vols, P.J. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel and W.P. Heinrichs (eds), Leiden (1960-2005)

Women in Islamic History

Islamic Conquests

Umayyads

Abbasids

Classical Historiography

Fatimids

Ayyubids

Islamic Spain

Saljuqs

Mamluks

Crusades

Medieval Arabic Historiography

Madrasas and scholarly life

This list was last updated on 13/09/2021