GEN205 Islamic History

Course Description:

A comprehensive look at the history of the Islamic State after the death of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) until the beginning of the Umayyad’s era. This covers the time of the four righteous caliphs; Abu Bakr, Omar, Othman, and Ali. Their contribution toward the development of the Muslim State and the civil war between Ali and Mua’weyah (may Allah be pleased with them both) will be covered.

Course Code: GEN205

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: HIS212

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be able to write an essay explaining the religious, political, social and economic history of the Muslim societies from the rise of Islam, after the death of the Prophet, and up to the time of the four righteous caliphs.
  • Students will make a video or power point presentation on the contributions and impact the four righteous caliphs made toward the development of the Muslim state, including the civil war between Ali and Mua’weyah (may Allah be pleased with them both)
  • Students will be able to appreciate and list the efforts made by the righteous caliphs to preserve Islam and keep Muslims always on track and assess their efforts in today’s society.
  • Students will be able to appreciate and cite examples of how diversity in opinion was tolerated during the time of the righteous caliphs.

Course Outline:

Main Textbook:

History of the Caliphs by Jalauddin Al-Suyuti

Additional On-line Readings:

Biographies of the Rightly Guided Caliphs

Grading and Evaluation:

  • Minimum passing grade 70%
  • Participation: 40% (10 assignments, 4% each)
  • Oral exam: 20%
  • Mid-Term exam: 10%
  • Research paper: 20%
  • Final exam: 10%

Guideline for Research Paper:

As part of the course, you are required to submit a research paper. The topic chosen must be relevant to the course and approved by the Instructor. The paper must meet the following requirements:

  • At least ten (10) double-spaced pages (not including the introduction and conclusion).
  • 1 inch margins.
  • 12 pt size (Times New Roman).
  • Follow the standard research paper structure with a Table of Contents, Abstract or Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion, List of Reference.
  • The Main Body should be organized into logical chapters and paragraphs.
  • When quoting Hadith, a notation indicating its authenticity must be clearly mentioned.

Please Watch:

   How to Write A Research Paper

Communication Etiquette:

  • Post all your questions related to the course to the (Online Test) forum.
  • If sending emails directly to the lecturer, please include appropriate label in the subject line (Action Required/Info/Admin) and allow up to 3 working days for reply.
  • Limit telephone communication with the Lecturer to within specified office hours only.
  • When leaving a voicemail, please clearly state your name, course code, and contact number.

Login Instructions:

To attend live – online lectures (on their scheduled time):

Virtual Class Room

Access the course on-line by logging into Online School, accessible from.

Al-Huda Online School

You will need a user name and password to:

  • View the recorded lectures if you missed the live online ones.
  • Interact with your teacher and classmates.
  • Upload and submit your assignments, research papers, and exams.
  • View your grades.
  • All attempt must be made to submit assignments by the agreed due dates. Late submissions will be penalized.
  • Weekly materials and graded assignments will be posted onto the site by Monday – in sha Allah.
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