Course Description

This course is a combination of HST 301 and HST 401. It will cover the major events during the era of the Rightly Guided Caliphs – Abū Bakr, ʿUmar, ʿUthmān, ʿAlī, and Ḥasan (may Allah be pleased with them) – and provide an overview of the dynasties that ruled Muslim lands after the caliphate. 

From the back cover blurb of the required text: “Islam has been one of the most powerful religious, social and political forces in history. Over the last 1400 years, from origins in Arabia, a succession of Muslim polities and later empires expanded to control territories and peoples that ultimately stretched from southern France to East Africa and South East Asia.

“Yet many of the contributions of Muslim thinkers, scientists and theologians, not to mention rulers, statesmen and soldiers, have been occluded. This book rescues from oblivion and neglect some of these personalities and institutions while offering the reader a new narrative of this lost Islamic history. The Umayyads, Abbasids, and Ottomans feature in the story, as do Muslim Spain, the savannah kingdoms of West Africa and the Mughal Empire, along with the later European colonization of Muslim lands and the development of modern nation-states in the Muslim world. Throughout, the impact of Islamic belief on scientific advancement, social structures, and cultural development is given due prominence, and the text is complemented by portraits of key personalities, inventions and little-known historical nuggets. The history of Islam and of the world’s Muslims brings together diverse peoples, geographies and states, all interwoven into one narrative that begins with Muhammad and continues to this day.”


Instructor: Shaykh Arsalan Haque

Jun. 13 – Aug. 08

Saturdays, 8:00 – 10:30 AM

Venue: Online (zoom)


Alkhateeb, Firas. Lost Islamic History: Reclaiming Muslim Civilisation from the Past, London: Hurst, 2017.

As-Suyuti, Jalal ad-Din. The History of the Khalifas Who Took the Right Way, London: Ta-Ha, 2008.


Nagy, Luqman. The Book of Islamic Dynasties. Taha Publishers.


Successful completion of (HST 201), Students who have not fulfilled the prerequisite may audit the class. Click here to see our audit policy.


NOTE: Discounts are available for student who enroll in more than one class (click here for Discount policy)
Fee: $115 (non-refundable)
Registration closed!
For financial aid, please email marifa@planomasjid.org


(for registered students only)

Lectures available through Taqwa Student Portal click here for Accessing HST301/401 Lectures

NOTE: it will require Microsoft login (please use the same you have provided to TaqwaIT).

Please reach out TaqwaIT@planomasjid.org for any issue accessing audio lectures.


Email us: marifa@planomasjid.org