The History of Islam in the Middle East, Central Asia and Europe – Part 1 – Khalid Blankinship

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1) The History of Islam in the Middle East, Central Asia and Europe – Part 1
2) The History of Islam in the Middle East, Central Asia and Europe – Part 2

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1) A Brief Sketch of the World Muslim Demographic
2) The Camel and Desert Stereotype
3) The Bedouin Stereotype
4) Map Distortions
5) The Influence of the Bedouins
6) Arabic: The Language of Islam
7) Writing: The Definition of Civilization
8) The Four Great Centers of Civilization
9) The Three Periods of Muslim History
10) Controversial Christian Ideologies in the East Roman Empire
11) Military Conquests and Population Movements
12) The Widening Territory of Islam
13) The End of the Umayyad and Abbasid Dynasties
14) Does Political Unity Portray a Golden Age?
15) There is No Compulsion in Religion
16) Dynastic Chaos
17) The Three So-Called ‘Gunpowder’ Empires
18) The Rise and Fall of Muslim Spain
19) Muslims Arrive in Egypt
20) Muslims Arrive in Syria, Pakistan and Bangladesh
21) The Turks (Part 1)
22) Islam and Slavery
23) The Turks (Part 2)
24) Apostasy
25) The 1453 Siege of Constantinople / The Lineages of Authority
26) The Iranian Revolution, Iran-Iraq War and Saddam Hussein

The speaker begins with an outline of the demographics of Muslims in the world and then moves to a discussion on the idea of “civilization”. From there he introduces the main topic and focuses on two significant historical periods of Muslim history after the Prophet (S): the early united caliphate and the medieval synthesis of Islam. For the first period, Dr. Blankinship covers the various Muslim conquests as Islam spread outside the Arabian Penninsula. Thereafter, he discusses the controversy of the nature of Jesus among Christians living in Egypt and Syria under the Roman Empire and how this facilitated the coming of Islam into these lands. For the second period, some major events are analyzed such as the triumph of the Shi’ahs and the Mongals respectively, the “gunpowder” empires, the expansion of Islam into Spain, the opening of India through the conversion of the Buddhists, and the Turkish diaspora throughout the world. A great resource for Muslims and non-Muslims alike! Other topics discussed: the Bedouins of Arabia, the rapid conversion of the Berbers, the collapse of the Ummayid dynasty, the spread of Islam and the issue of compelling people to believe, Muslim slavery in the history of Islam, the different sources of authority in Islam, the Iranian Revolution, and Saddam Hussein. Recorded at the Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute seminar.

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