Dr. Robert Haug

This course examines the history of the Abbasid Caliphate,  rulers of the Islamic world from 750 to 1258.

The Abbasid era is often called the Golden Age of Islamic Civilization– in contrast to the contemporary Dark Ages of Europe–when Baghdad became a world center of learning and the arts.

In this course, we will explore Abbasid society through a variety of sources covering politics, religion,  art, the sciences, and more.

This course will be designed to fulfill the 4000-level requirements of the History Department meaning that it will guide students through an original research project that will utilize both primary and secondary sources and entail significant writing.