Explore the path of political power and authority from 610 CE, the classical period of Islamic civilization, until the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire in the early years of the twentieth century.
- Muhammad and the First Muslim Ummah: The Beginning of a New Society and Culture
- The Death of the Prophet and the First Elaboration of the Sunnī-Jamā‘ī Imamate
- The Shī‘ī Political Vision
- Structure of the First Sunnī-Jamā‘ī Imamate (632-661 CE)
Framing the Issues
- The Qur’an and Sovereignty
- Advice on Leadership from the Hadīth
- Medieval Commentaries on Sovereignty and Government
Professor of Iranian and Central Asian History, and of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
Outreach Coordinator, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago
LESSON 1: The Book of Golden Meadows: Evaluating The Early Caliphs
LESSON 2: What IS the difference between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims?