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Default Revised Syllabus and Recommended Books of Islamic History


Part –I (Marks 50)

I. Pre-Islamic Near East: An Overview

Political, Social, Cultural, Religious and Economic Conditions in the Near East including Arabia before the dawn of Islam

II. The Dawn of Islam: The Prophetic Age (570-632)

  • Biography of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH): A Chronology of the Major
  • Events in his Life
  • Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as a Motivator (Daa’i), Major points of his mission
  • Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as a Military Leader/Strategist
  • Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as a Political Leader/Head of the State
III. The Pious Caliphate (632-660)
  • Caliph Abu Bakr (632-34): Apostasy Wars and Consolidation of Islam
  • Caliph Umar b.Khattab (634-44): Establishment of Administrative System and Expansion of Muslim Empire
  • Caliph Uthman b.Affan (644-56): Problems and Issues in the Muslim Community
  • Caliph Ali b.Talib (656-660): Rise of Factionalism
  • Abdication of Imam Hasan and Establishment of Umayyad Dynasty (660)
IV. Political System of Islam under the Prophet (PBUH) and the Pious Caliphate
  • Nature of Islamic State
  • Form of the Government
  • Functions of the Islamic State
  • Sovereignty of God
  • Caliphate or Vicegerency of Man
  • Appointment of Caliph
  • Shura or the Consultative Body and its Role
V. Institutional Development of the Muslim Civilization:The Early Phase (622-660)
  • Development of Law and Judiciary in Early Islam
  • Administration and State Conduct
  • Defense in Early Islam
  • Educational System
  • Propagation of Islam
  • Financial Administration
  • Heritage and Culture
VI. The Umayyad in Power (660-749)
  • Political History of the Umayyad Dynasty
  • Statecraft and Administration under the Umayyads
  • Society and the Development of Arabic Literature.
  • Cultural achievements
Part –II (Marks 50)

I. The Abbasids of Baghdad (749-1258)

  • The Abbasid Revolution and the Establishment of the Abbasid Dynasty
  • Administrative Structure under the Abbasids
  • Development of Scientific Knowledge under the Abbasids
  • Muslim Philosophy under the Abbasids
  • Cultural achievements
II. Spain under the Muslim Rule
  • Spain under the rule of the Arabs and Moors (711-1492)
  • Political Fragmentation and the Fall of Granada (1492)
  • Muslim Contribution in the Realm of Culture, Arts and Architecture
III. The Crusades against Islam
  • Major Encounters and Actors (1092-1228)
  • Impact of the Crusades on Muslim-Christian Relations
IV. The Ottoman Empire
  • Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Turks (1299-1923)
  • State, Society and Economy under the Ottomans
  • Treatment with the Religious Minorities
  • Contribution towards Culture, Arts and Architecture
V. Sufism as an Institution of the Muslim Society
  • Origin and Development of Sufism
  • Contribution of the Sufis to the Muslim Civilization
  • Relationship of the Sufis with the State and Political Authorities.
  • A critical Look at Sufism
VI. Islam and Modernity in Contemporary World
  • The Emergence of Islamic Modernism
  • Intellectual, Political, Economic, Social and Educational Aspects of Islamic
  • Modernism
  • Dissemination of Muslim Learning in the West


1. Discovering Islam—Making Sense of Muslim History and Society------------------------ Ahmad, Akbar

2. Islam: Ideology and Leading Issues------------------------------------------------------- Ali, Anwar.

3. The Spirit of Islam-------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ali, S. Ameer

4. Aspects of Islamic Civilization: The Muslim World Depicted Through Its Literature-------Arberry, A. J.

5. The Preaching of Islam—A History of the Muslim Faith-------------------------------------Arnold,T.W.

6. The History of Philosophy in Islam-----------------------------------------------------------Boer,T. J. De.

7. The History of Islamic Peoples----------------------------------------------------------------Brockelmann, Carl(ed)

8. Spanish Islam ------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------- Dozy,R.

9. Studies on the Civilization of Islam --------------------------------------------------------- Gibb,Ham

10. The Religion of Islam, Vol. I & II----------------------------------------------------------- Gaqwash,Ahmad A.

11. Classical Islam:AHistory600— 1258------------------------------------------------------- Grunebaum,G.EVoni

12. Cambridge History of India -----------------------------------------------------------------Holts, P. M. and Lewis, Bernard.

13. Islam Resurgent: The Islamic World Today-------------------------------------------------Irving,T.B.

14. Islam: From Prophet Mohammad to the Capture of Constantinople. ---------------- Lewis, Bernard

15. Islamic History. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Munir, Muhammad

16. Islam and The Modern World--------------------------------------------------------------Nadvi, Abu Hasan Ali.

17. The Making of the Past: the Spread of Islam------------------------------------------ Rogers, Michael

18. A History of Medieval Islam -------------------------------------------------------------- Saunders, J.J.

19. Introduction to Islamic Civilization------------------------------------------------------- Savory, R.M. (ed)

20. The Legacy of Islam--------------------------------------------------------------- Schacht, Joseph& Bosworth, C.E (eds)

21. Islamic History—A New Interpretation AD 750— 1055----------------------------- Shaban, M.A.

22. The Abbasid Revolution------------------------------------------------------- -------------Shaban, M.A.

23. A History of Muslim Philosophy ---------------------------------------------------------- Sharif, M.M.

24. Muslim Thought :Its Origin and Achievements---------------------------------------- Nadvi Muhammad Hanif

25. Studies in Islamic History-------------------------------------------------------------------- Siddiqi, Amir Hassan.

26. The Revolution which Toppled the Umayyads Neither Arab nor Abbasid------------ Agha, Saleh Said

27. Sirat un Nabi Vol. I & II------------------------------------------------------------------------ Noumani, Shibli

28. Rasol-e-AkramkiSiasiZindagi----------------------------------------------------------------Hamidullah, Dr. Muhammad

29. Khilafat-o-Malokiat----------------------------------------------------------------------------Syed Abul Aala Maudoodi

30. Ahd-e-Nabawi main Riyasatka Nash o Irtaqa------------------------------------------- Ahmad, Dr. Nisar

31. Siddiq-e-Akbar---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Akbarabadi, Saeed Ahmad

32. Al-Farooq ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Noumani, Shibli
33. History of Islam-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Najeebabadi, Akbar sha`

34. Painting in Islam------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Thomas, Sir A.

35. Early Islamic Pottery-------------------------------------------------------------------------Lane, A.

36. Muslim Calligraphy---------------------------------------------------------------------------Ziauddin, M.

37. Islamic Art & Architecture-------------------------------------------------------------------Kuhnel, E.

38. Daira Ma’arif e Islamia (relevant articles) ----------------------------------------------University of Punjab

39. The Cultural Atlas of Islam------------------------------------------------------------------Isma’il Raji al-Faruqi & Lois Lamya’ al-Faruqi
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