Early Islamic History I: From the Prophet's birth to emigration

Course Description:

Early Islamic History is a survey of the history of Islam from Prophet Muhammad’s birth extending through the lives of the 12 Imams. The instructor will primarily draw course material from Shaykh Muḥammad Hādī Yusufī Gharawī’s 8-volume Mawsūʿat al-taʾrīkh al-islāmī and Shaykh Rasūl Jaʿfariyyān’s 3-volume Taʿrīkh-e siyāsī-e islām. Following the lead of these two historians, we will focus on both narrative and political history of this time period.

HIS I will focus on the period from Prophet Muḥammad’s birth in 570 CE up to his emigration from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE.

Course Structure:

  • This is an self-paced audit course with no live sessions.
  • Prerecorded lectures will be shared as MP3’s.
  • Lecture notes will also be shared as PDF’s.


  • None


  • Student should expect to invest 1-2 hours per week completing assignments.

Dates and Timings:

  • Not applicable

Attendance Policy:

  • Not applicable

Deadline to Register:

  • Not applicable. This course has rolling admission.


  • None

Course Fee: 

  • $75 (this will be requested from you after you register)


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