Great Empires of Islamic Civilization

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Great Empires of Islamic Civilization

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    History, Islamic Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course examines the growth of Islamic civilization from the time of Prophet Muhammad in the seventh century to the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1922. It explores the origins and evolution of Islamic empires and focuses on the historical processes that gave shape to the many aspects of contemporary Islam and Muslim socialites. It focuses on the conditions in which various empires appeared; the relationships between religion, power, culture and economy; and the many contributions they made to human civilization. On completion of the course students should be familiar with the possible reasons for the rise and fall of the Islamic empires and diversity of Islamic societies and cultures.

    Course Introduction
    This course gives students a comprehensive understanding of the world of Islam. It traces the rise and evolution of Islam and provides students with the necessary knowledge to understand the existing Islamic world. The course explores the origins and evolution of great Islamic empires and the various causes for their rise and fall.The course will help students understand the origin of Islam, the main figures and beliefs that led to its spread, and the many Muslim cultures that were created. This is a must course for all Islamic studies students and anyone interested in the history of the world. Given Australia's proximity to the largest Muslim country, Indonesia, and the rise in interest in the Islamic world, this course is ideal for students intending a career in media, education, international relations, political science and history.

    Course Aims
    The course aims to provide students with an understanding of the factors for the rise and fall of great Islamic empires, the conditions in which these empires appeared, and the relationships between religion, power, culture and economy in their creation. It also aims at demonstrating the interconnectedness between the Islamic and Western civilisations through contributions towards science, mathematics, medicine, astronomy and other cultural norms. With this in mind, the the three aims of the course are:

    • To examine the factors that led to the rise and fall of various Islamic empires from the time of Prophet Muhammad until the early 20th century;
    • To provide a working knowledge of the religious, political, philosophical and cultural underpinnings of the Islamic civilisation;
    • To critically review the research in the history of Islamic civilisation and to enable students to become intelligent consumers of this research.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1. Be able to describe the various factors that led to the rise and fall of Islamic empires
    2. Understand the importance of Islam, and its diverse traditions, in the shaping of Islamic empires
    3. Be able to articulate the interconnectedness of civilisations, especially between Islam and the West
    4. Have acquired and improved core skills and competencies relevant to Islamic studies and in line with Griffith Graduate Attributes
    5. Communicate knowledge in Islamic studies intelligibly and economically, with confidence in self expression, both written and oral
    6. Understand social, political, historical and cultural contexts, and demonstrate an international awareness and openness to the world

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.