Islamic History & Civilization

Course Code Year Term Course Group Credits
IRL-523 2 Fall / Summer Sacred Texts and Islamic Sciences 4


This course explores the main stages of Islamic history after the death of the Prophet ﷺ until the present time, exploring the interplay of political, religious and cultural elements and the developments of Islamic civilization. Students will investigate the historical evolution of the political, religious and cultural institutions of classical Islamic civilization, including educational institutions and endowments, literature, science, philosophy and the visual arts, as well as the impact and place of Islamic civilization in the course of world history. By the end of the course, students will have a broad understanding of the historical developments and accomplishments of Islamic civilization from which they might draw relevant guidance in their efforts to serve contemporary communities.



“My experience with BIS has been transformative. I have had direct access to scholars and their knowledge, alhamdulillah in a way I have never experienced before. We’ve deeply explored the Muslim experience academically, challenging many of my previously held beliefs and narratives. I am forever grateful to BIS, the scholars and the organizers for this experience”.

Nuha Muntasser, Student