The Islamic Golden Age: Origins, Growth and Legacies (OUDCE Study Day)

Ref: C3744559

What do we mean when we talk about the Islamic Golden Age? On this study day we look at the birth and development of what would become the world’s greatest mediaeval city, and the factors that made it so, including the legendary Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid, and Dar al-Hikma … the House of Wisdom. We consider the stunning intellectual and cultural developments of the Islamic Golden Age from North Africa to Andalusia, in modern Spain and Portugal, and east to Persia and beyond, and modern day Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.The traditional end date for the Islamic Golden Age is 1258, when Mongol hordes sacked the city of Baghdad, and ended 500 years of Abbasid rule, but that is not the whole story. Not only would the pursuit of knowledge continue elsewhere in the Islamic world, but the achievements secured during the Islamic Golden Age remain an important part of the intellectual legacy of all humanity.

Additional information about this course

This course is run in co-operation with University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE). This course is run in co-operation with University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE). Please contact Maidenhead Branch on 01628563676 or maidenhead.branch@wea.ac.uk to enrol

Course aim

To explore what we mean when we talk about the Islamic Golden Age and why, more than 700 years after it ended, it is still seen as one of the greatest periods of cultural and intellectual flourishing in human history

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe the factors leading Baghdad to become the world's greatest medieval city.
  • Identify the intellectual movements influenced by the Islamic golden age
  • Recognise and differentiate the type and nature of cultural development in Cordoba, Cairo and Bukhara

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The Islamic Golden Age: Origins, Growth and Legacies (OUDCE Study Day)

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Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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