The Islamic Golden Age: Origins, Growth and Legacies

Course details

Code
E19P100HIJ
Fees
£38.00

Date
Mon 07 Oct 2019
Time
10.00am - 4.00pm

The Islamic Golden Age: Origins, Growth and Legacies

Overview

To be held in conjunction with the WEA at the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF.

What do we mean when we talk about the Islamic Golden Age? How did it start? How was it manifest? From where did it take its inspiration? And why, more than 700 years after it ended, is it still seen as one of the greatest periods of cultural and intellectual flourishing in human history?

The birth and development of what would become the world’s greatest mediaeval city, and the factors that made it so, including the legendary Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid, and Dar al-Hikma … the House of Wisdom.

Far from being confined to the city of Baghdad, the Islamic Golden Age saw stunning intellectual and cultural developments away to the west, across North Africa to Andalusia, in modern Spain and Portugal, and east to Persia and beyond, and modern day Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.  

The traditional end date for the Islamic Golden Age is 1258, when Mongol hordes sacked the city of Baghdad, and ended 500 years of Abbasid rule, but that is not the whole story. Not only would the pursuit of knowledge continue elsewhere in the Islamic world, but the achievements secured during the Islamic Golden Age remain an important part of the intellectual legacy of all humanity.

 

Programme details

OUDCE-WEA MAIDENHEAD STUDY DAY TO BE HELD AT:

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

MONDAY 7 OCTOBER 2019

10.00am Registration

10.15am Introduction: Islamic? Golden Age?  What do we mean when we talk about the Islamic Golden Age? How did it start? How was it manifest? From where did it take its inspiration? And why, more than 700 years after it ended, is it still seen as one of the greatest periods of cultural and intellectual flourishing in human history?

11.15am Break

11.40am All Roads Lead to Baghdad. The birth and development of what would become the world’s greatest mediaeval city, and the factors that made it so, including the legendary Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid, and Dar al-Hikma … the House of Wisdom.

12.40pm Lunch

1.40pm The View from Cordoba, Cairo, and Bukhara. Far from being confined to the city of Baghdad, the Islamic Golden Age saw stunning intellectual and cultural developments away to the west, across North Africa to Andalusia, in modern Spain and Portugal, and east to Persia and beyond, and modern day Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.  

2.40pm Break

3.00pm The Giant’s Shoulders. The traditional end date for the Islamic Golden Age is 1258, when Mongol hordes sacked the city of Baghdad, and ended 500 years of Abbasid rule, but that is not the whole story. Not only would the pursuit of knowledge continue elsewhere in the Islamic world, but the achievements secured during the Islamic Golden Age remain an important part of the intellectual legacy of all humanity.

4.00pm Close

 

Lunch can be pre-ordered from the café-bar. Please note that consumption of your own food and drink is not permitted on the premises at Norden Farm.

Fees

Tuition: £38.00

Payment

Cheques payable to WEA Maidenhead Branch. Please indicate if a receipt, syllabus or venue map is required and enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope or give your e-mail address on the enrolment form.

 

Tutor

Mr Eamonn Gearon

Course Tutor

Eamonn Gearon is an historian, author and lecturer who lived across the Middle East for more than 20 years. He is currently conducting DPhil research, at the University of Oxford, into the role of British military intelligence in the creation of the modern Middle East.

Teaching methods

Four one hour lecture sessions, with some time for discussion.

 

Application

Early enrolment is advised as class numbers are limited. For enrolment, further information or booking problems please contact:

Steph Diggon (WEA), 19, Gorse Road, Cookham, SL6 9LL.
Email: weamhead@gmail.com or Telephone: 01628 527465.

Please email or phone Steph to check course availability and to reserve places. Steph will confirm if there are spaces and ask you to send your application form and cheque, payable to WEA, to her at the address above. Cheques will not be cashed until after 1 August 2019.

Please indicate if a receipt, syllabus or venue map is required and enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope or give your e-mail address on the enrolment form. Courses which are under-subscribed may be cancelled and fees paid refunded.