Summer 2019 - HIST 469 D100

Islamic Social and Intellectual History (4)

Class Number: 4363

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    AQ 5017, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    AR Rezamand
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine units of lower division history. Recommended: one of HIST 249 or 352.



Advanced analysis of specific problems in Islamic social and intellectual history, with an emphasis on traditional patterns and on their transformation in the modern world.


Recent years have seen a resurgence of a politically and socially activist Islam throughout the Muslim world.  This seminar seeks to examine the textual, conceptual, and contextual background to this activism.  We will explore some of the ideas in foundational texts concerning political and social action, focusing on the concepts of khilafa (“caliphate”), umma ("community"), 'adl ("justice"), zulm ("tyranny"), jihad ("activism"), fitna ("revolt"), ridda (“apostasy”), munafiq (“hypocrisy”), hijra (“immigration”), and hijab (“gendered structures”). We will explore how these concepts are invoked and transformed in particular contexts, beginning with the eighteenth century movement to engage the activist Medinan paradigm. A wide range of modern political and social movements in various parts of the Muslim world will then be subjected to analysis, including the Wahhabiyah, al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun, Hizballah, Nursiyah, Mujahidin-i Khalq, Taliban, Sanusiyah, Mahdiyah, Ahmadiyah, Jama’at-i Islami, and Tabligh.  Special attention will be devoted to textual resources and contextual background.  Students will examine some of the work of the “New Islamists.”


  • Readings Reports 30%
  • Presentation 10%
  • Participation 10%
  • Historiographic Essay 10%
  • Final Paper 40%



Ira Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Cambridge University Press, 2014) [ISBN 0521732972] (required)

Additional weekly sources made available through Canvas

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