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A Story of Two Civilizations:

History of Islam & the West

1 - 1422 H

622 - 2000 CE

Note : Self-accredited Diploma certificate in Medieval and Modern World History will be issued to all who successfully complete the course.
Instructor and course leader Shaykh Dr. Ridhwan Saleem MSc, MBBS, MRCPsych
Invited guest speakers to include:
  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani (Seekersguidance)
  • Shaykh Talal al-Azem (OTKF)
  • Shaykh Jawad Khalid (Ha Meem College)

"Deep, insightful, and inspiring course on a wrongly-neglected subject." - Shaykh Faraz Rabbani (Seekersguidance)

Registration is now closed.


Course Aims

To gain an understanding of the history of the Islamic and Western civilizations, and how they interrelate, from the early Middle Ages up to the end of the 20th century. The course will focus on a broad sweep of the major historical personalities and events of the time period beginning with the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and mercy) in 622 CE right up to the end of the 20th century CE.

The passage of ages, empires and dynasties during this time will be studied in relation to the world situation as a whole, and with particular regard to three inter-related aspects: political-military, intellectual and economic developments.

If we do not know where we came from, we do not know who we are. It is hoped that this course will help connect us to our forefathers because, after all, it is their story that we are telling. It is impossible to understand where we are today without knowing how we got here. It is hoped that developing an understanding of the history of these two civilizations will empower students and equip them with the requisite knowledge and tools to understand the world we live in today.

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Course Structure

12 lessons of 4 hours duration (including breaks).

Students will be given essential reading and optional further reading before each lesson. Essential reading will either be from the core course texts (which students can purchase at a reasonable price) or from other sources (electronic copies to be made available).

Each lesson is accompanied by a full set of students handouts and followed by a quiz.

Lessons will be lecture-based (powerpoint) but with time for discussions and Q&A.



Timing: 9am to 1pm on a Sunday

The course will commence on the 7th of May inshAllah and will be running at least once a month - see the 'Course Structure' tab for all dates.

Venue TBA.

To register please make payment via the PayPal links below. If registering for more than one student then please update the quantity field on the PayPal site before making payment.

Course Core Texts

Lost Islamic history (LIH), Firas Alkhateeb
Shortest History of Europe (SHE) , J Hirst

You are expected to purchase these two core course texts as many of the essential readings for the course will come from these texts. Please let the course organiser know if you cannot afford to the buy the books as funding may be available from the Karima Foundation. 

The essential reading for each class should be completed before the class in order to gain the most benefit. Some of the essential readings may be hard going. Don’t worry about that. Some are quite academic and dense. If you find them too difficult, don’t worry, do your best and perhaps skim through to get whatever gist of it you can. You will still benefit from the lesson itself insha Allah. Other readings will be more straight-forward. Some of the essential readings will not be from the two core course texts. They will be from other books or articles; and e-copies will be made available to the students before the class insha Allah. 

There is a list of recommended reading which accompanies each class for those who wish to read deeper into the topics discussed during the class. These readings are optional. 

Note: throughout the course, we will be using dating according to the Gregorian calendar rather than the Islamic Hijri calendar. This is only to keep things as simple and clear as possible. Of course, in an ideal world, we would use the Hijri calendar as a matter of routine, but the regrettable fact is that most of us use the Gregorian in our day to day lives and are vastly more familiar with it. 


"A beautifully structured array of topics in Islamic and contemporary history viewed through the insightful lens of Dr Rizwan Saleem and backed by scholarly references. The material covered is essential to know where we come from and to understand our rich and understated heritage."
    Awais Z.

"Eye opening and thought provoking perspective on history as we know it. Sheikh Ridwan is a fountain of knowledge who has made us question the history books and allowed us to see past events in a different light. Would highly recommend and encourage all to attend!"
   Kamran A.

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