HIST275-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

The Muslim World, 600-1650

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


A social, cultural and political history of the Islamic world between 600 and 1650.

Islam has touched the hearts and lives of many people in New Zealand. This course helps us to understand how Islam began and how it continues to shape world history. It shows the importance of Islam in the formation of medieval Europe and western civilisation and its transformation of the Middle East and Asia. The first and second sections of the course explore the foundation and expansion of Islam from the trading cities of the Arabian Peninsula into a global, civilisation. Sections III and IV explore in detail the mutual encounter of Islam in the East and the West and the gradual fragmentation of the Islamic world into the Mughal and Saffafid empires in the East and Ottoman Empire in the West. In tutorials and written work explore the experience of Islam in India, gender relations and gender diversity, and the social and cultural contribution of Islam to the formation of health, medical and urban cultures.

Learning Outcomes

  • The overall aim of the course is to inspire and support leaning about the development of Islamic culture and civilization from the period 600-1600 AD and to encourage students to make connections between the histories of the Islamic world and those of both the east and the west.

    On successful completion of the course students will be able to

  • Identify key points in the development of Islamic civilisation.
  • Communicate insights into the history of the Islamic world and its contribution to the development of both the East and West.
  • Evaluate historical argument and use primary source material to both challenge and support historical theories.
  • Analyse and discuss the merits of a range of documents, images and texts as primary source materials.
  • Demonstrate historical insights into Islamic world history from 600-1600 in both written and oral form.

    Generic/Transferable Skills

  • Ability to analyse complex material from a variety of sources and to communicate the results verbally and in written form.
  • Ability to both follow instruction and to work independently
  • Ability to engage appropriately with a range of people in small group discussion
  • Confidence, familiarity and ability to communicate knowledge of a different culture
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 15 points at 100 level in HIST, or
CLAS120, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 E6 Lecture Theatre (18/2-17/3)
Live Stream Available (24/3, 21/4-26/5)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 Rehua 002 Lectorial (21/2-20/3)
Live Stream Available (24/4-29/5)
17 Feb - 22 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
02 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 Live Stream Available 24 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
03 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 Live Stream Available 20 Apr - 31 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Jane Buckingham

Contact Person

Chris Jones


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assessment 5% Written tutorial exercise 500 words
Presentation 5% Oral presenation - 5 minutes
Essay 1 25% 1500 words
Essay 2 25% 1500 words
Exam 40% Two hours

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

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