Islamic political thought/The Abbasid Caliphate

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PRE-MODERN ISLAMIC POLITICAL THOUGHT (645-1500 CE) WEEK THREE THROUGH WEEK FIVE

LESSON TITLE: The Abbasid Caliphate


OPR: To be determined OFFICE PHONE: To be determined

PRESCRIBING DIRECTIVE(S):

  • Aslan, Reza. No god but God. New York: Random House, Inc., 2006.
  • Black, Antony. The History of Islamic Political Thought: From the Prophet to the Present.
New York: Routledge, 2001.
  • Gordon, Matthew S. The Rise of Islam. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.,
2006.
  • Hawting, G.R. The First Dynasty of Islam: The Umayyad Caliphate AD 661-750. 2nd ed.
New York: Routledge, 2000.


LESSON OBJECTIVE:

  1. Identify characteristics and nomenclature of the Abbasid Caliphate regarding the justification of rule, type of political establishment, and role of religious authority versus secular authority.
  2. Identify key thinkers of the period and their contribution to the evolution of Islamic political thought.

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: Lecture/Student-based discussion

TIME: 1 hour 50 minutes

PERIOD 2: The Rise of the Abbasid Caliphate, Ibn Muqaffa, Caliph al-Ma’mun,

OBJECTIVES: To understand general concepts about the following issues:

  1. The Demise of the Umayyad
  2. The Rise of the Abbasid Caliphate
  3. Iranian Monarchial Influences
  4. Ibn Muqaffa
  5. Caliph Ma’mun

INSTRUCTIONAL AIDS: -ELMO

VISUAL AIDS:

  • Dry-erase board
  • Visual representations of timeline regarding Islamic political thought
  • Visual representations of Abbasid genealogy
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