BHS3113 | SPRING 2017

History of Islam

Taught by Dr. Ovamir Anjum

This course outlines the expansion of Islam, the rise of the Umayyads; the Abbasid empire and successor states; the emergence of classical Islamic societies and material culture (including architecture, arts, literature); the Crusades and Mongol invasions and Muslim societies’ response; trade and exchange in the Mediterranean and Indian Oceans; the Ottoman/Safavid/Mughal empires; and the anti-colonial intellectual and political responses of new Muslim nation-states. The course provides a foundation for understanding contemporary Muslim societies and transnational Islam.

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Appraise Muhammad’s religious movement in the context of the seventh-­century world.
  2. Distinguish the creation, development and evolution of the caliphate to Ottoman times.
  3. Assess cultural exchange between Muslim and other civilizations.
  4. Contrast the reactions of early modern Muslims to increasing European hegemony.

Required Course Readings

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More About the Instructor

Dr. Ovamir Anjum is Imam Khattab Endowed Chair of Islamic Studies, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and affiliated faculty in the Department of History at the University of Toledo. He is an intellectual historian of Islam. His academic interests are united by a common theoretical focus on epistemology, or notions of reason and reasoning, in various domains of Islamic thought, ranging from politics, law, theology, and spirituality (including Sufism). Anjum’s work is interdisciplinary, drawing on the fields of classical Islamic studies, political theory, and cultural anthropology. His recent monograph is Politics, Law and Community in Islamic Thought: The Taymiyyan Moment (Cambridge University Press, 2012), which explores the nexus of politics (siyasa), law (sharia), theology (kalam) in classical Islam, with comparative theoretical interest in Western Thought.

His current research is to bring his historical studies to bear on issues in contemporary Islamic thought and movements. He is researching theoretical developments in the wake of the Arab Uprisings of 2011, and accordingly editing a forthcoming volume tentatively titled “Islam and the Nation State in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings: Traditions, Transitions, and Trajectories.” He is also near-completing a decade-long project to translate a popular Islamic spiritual and theological classic, Madarij al-Salikin (Ranks of Divine Seekers) by Ibn al-Qayyim (d. 1351), which, upon completion, would be the largest single-author English translation of a classical Islamic text.

  • Traditional (On-Campus)
  • Hybrid Intensive
  • Fully Online


Course Start Jan. 17
Pre-Reading Jan. 17 – Feb. 3
In-Person Meetings Feb. 12-17 (Sun-Fri)
3:00 – 8:00PM
Online Meetings 1 before in-person
3 after in-person
Assignments Feb. 20 – May 5
Course End May 5
Final Paper Due May 10


In person class sessions take place on the campus of Claremont School of Theology, unless otherwise noted. Complete details regarding course materials, assignments, resources and required meeting times and locations provided to registered participants.


Islamic Leadership
Fulfills Islamic Studies – History
Islamic Education
Fulfills Islamic Studies – History
Islamic Chaplaincy
Fulfills Islamic Studies – History

Registration Options

Bayan Claremont and CST students should register for credit using the registration PIN in the Empower Student Portal. Students at AJRCA, UWest, and CGU should register through their school’s registrar.

If you are not a student at one of the above institutions, you can enroll for Continuing Education as a community member (no academic credit is given). Click below for the registration form and payment instructions.

There is no “live stream” for remote access to this academic course. Furthermore, no admission will be granted to individuals who are not enrolled through the available registration options.

Master’s Students at Bayan and CST $2,325 ($775/unit for 3 units)
Ph.D. Students at CST $3,100 ($775/unit for 4 units)
Continuing Education (Community Members) $1,000 (flat rate)


  • If you are thinking about enrolling in a degree program at Bayan in the future and want to take a course that will count for the program at that time, you should take the course for credit instead of continuing education, at the full tuition rate. To do so, you must be admitted to the school as a non-degree-seeking student through an application process before the start of the semester. Contact for further information and application deadlines.