Whether Islam is considered the inerrant way of God, or a wholly human enterprise, or both, there is no doubting the profound historical importance of the religion, society, and empire that Prophet Muhammad introduced to the world 1300 years ago. We will explore topics covering a general timespan from the beginnings of Islam to the end of an era with Baghdad's destruction at the hands of Hulagu Khan.
-The cultural milieu of 7th century Arabia and pre-Islamic times
-The beginnings of Islam and its early schisms
-The Islamic invasions
-The Rashidun, Umayyad, Abbasid, and Fatimid caliphates
-The Islamic Golden Age and its culture, art, science, and philosophy
-The Islamicization of the Turks
-The impact and consequences of the early Islamic period upon later world history and the present day