History of the Khalifas

Online Courses

Although this course concluded in December 2012, the lectures are available as an online package in video format and as lecture transcripts. Individual lectures will be made available below.

Muslim History I: The History of the Khalifas

Muslim History I: The History of the Khalifas

Content: This course covers the political and biographical history of the khalifas from the Khulafa Rashidun to the Sultans of the Osmanli Caliphate in order to to provide an understanding of political changes throughout the history of the caliphates, with particular reference to the importance of the leading figures. Although focusing on bio-political history, the course also covers the political, social, military, economic, ideological and sectarian changes during the different caliphates. The aim is to analyse the changes and historical events leading up to the present day situation and relating the history of the caliphs to the interregnum that faces the contemporary Umma. The course will also present an overview of the historiography of Islam in relation to the different caliphs and caliphates, which furthermore provides the necessary perspectives and theories needed for understanding historical events.

Lecturers: Abdalhaqq Bewley, Aisha Bewley, Abdassamad Clarke, Uthman Ibrahim-Morrison, Asadullah Yate, Mehmet Currie, T. S. Andersson.

Muslim History I: The History of the Khalifas

Course Leader: Abdassamad Clarke, Dean FFAS

Lectures:

  1. The History of the Khalifas – An Overview – Abdassamad Clarke, Dean, FFAS and Tobias Sahl Andersson, Director of Studies FFAS
    Introduction to the political, social and biographical history of the khalifas from al-Khulafā ar-Rāshidūn to the sultans of the Osmanli caliphate in order to to provide an understanding of political changes throughout the history of the caliphates, with particular reference to the importance of the leading figures.
  2. Khulafa Rashidun I – Abdassamad Clarke, Dean, FFAS
    The lecture examines the biographical history of the two first caliphs, Abu Bakr and ‘Umar, with particular focus on the political, social and military events that shaped the later course of Islamic history.
  3. Khulafa Rashidun II – Abdassamad Clarke, Dean, FFAS
    The lecture examines the biographical history of ‘Uthman, ‘Ali and al-Hasan, with particular focus on the political, social and military events that shaped the later course of Islamic history.
  4. Banu Umayya I – T. S. Andersson, Director of Studies, MFAS and Ustadha Aisha Bewley FFAS
    The lecture examines the political history of the Umayyad caliphate from the time of Mu’awiya ibn Abi Sufyan to the beginning of the caliphate of ‘Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan.
  5. Banu Umayya II – T. S. Andersson, Director of Studies, MFAS and Ustadha Aisha Bewley FFAS
    The lecture examines the political history of the Umayyad caliphate from the time of ‘Abd al-Malik b. Marwan until the ’Abbasid take over in year 132/750, with particular focus on the reasons for the early strength of the Umayyad caliphate and its later disintegration before the collapse.
  6. Banu al-'Abbas I – Abdassamad Clarke, Dean, FFAS
    The lecture examines the political history of the 'Abbasid caliphate during its period of strength and prosperity, from the time of as-Saffah to al-Mutawakkil.
  7. Banu al-'Abbas II – Abdassamad Clarke, Dean, FFAS – FREE
    The lecture examines the political history of the 'Abbasid caliphate as its power declined and gradually was taken over by new Muslim dynasties, with particular focus on the reasons for its disintegration.
  8. Banu Umayya of al-Andalus – T. S. Andersson, Director of Studies, MFAS
    “In this lecture, we will examine of how the western Umayyads established their authority, claimed caliphal legitimacy and promoted their rule. By looking at the development from amirate to caliphate, both politically and ideologically, the aim is also to shed light on other general political, religious and socio-economic features of Andalusian history, both before and after the caliphate.”
  9. Osmanli Khalifate I – Uthman Ibrahim-Morrison, Warden, FFAS
    
The lecture examines the rise and establishment of the Osmanli caliphate from year 1289 to 1566, including the military and political development during the period.
  10. Osmanli Khalifate II – Mehmet Currie MFAS
    
The lecture examines the history and polemics of the Ottoman Kadızadeli movement, drawing historical links to and themes in common with the movement of Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhab, and highlighting the scholarly links between the two movements.
  11. Osmanli Khalifate III – Dr. Asadullah Yate 
FFAS
    The lecture examines the last two centuries of the Osmanli caliphate, with particular focus on the decline of the caliphate and the restorations during reign of Sultan Abdalhamid II, as well as the implications of this historical epoch for the later history of the 20th century.
  12. Conclusion – Abdassamad Clarke, Dean, FFAS
    The final lecture of the course reflects upon recurring themes and historical patterns, with particular focus on the relevance of the history of the khalifas for our present age and for understanding the developments that led up to the current state of the Muslim world.

Students will have the opportunity to receive essential guidance and advice from their teachers in preparation for submission of the final essay which is required to complete the CertAEd course in compliance with the Faculty's conditions of certification. Essays of particular distinction may also be selected for publication in the MFAS Journal, our house journal, and archived in the online Faculty Library. However, certification is optional and all courses and classes are open for participation with or without commitment to qualifying examinations.

Cost: £180

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