Faculty of History

(Akhbār)

The works of Fatimi authors such as Syedna al-Qadi al-Nuʿman RA and Syedna Idris Imaduddin RA form the foundation of historical studies at Aljamea.

These works are supplemented with the works of other authors such as al-Maqrizi, Ibn Muyassir, Ibn Khalliqān and Ibn Khaldūn. Along with classical texts, students engaged with the works of modern and contemporary historians especially in the field of Fatimi and Islamic studies. Furthermore, students at various levels and to different extents explore aspects of South Asian and general world history as well, particularly students appearing for their IGCSE or equivalent board examinations.
A focused and critical study of historiography is undertaken at the higher stages where the development, theories, potentialities and limits of historical scholarship are assessed.

Themes and content areas

The following themes and content areas are covered at each stage

The Quran as a valuable historical text
Defining principles of historical study
Historiography of Islam
Variations between the perspectives and interpretations of historians
Study and classification of sources
Contributions of Fatimi historians to Islamic history
Heresiographies and their impact

Core Topics

In addition to these areas of study, each year is assigned specific core topics:

Core Topics
years
Early Islam
1&2
Formation of the Islamic world
3
The Indus valley civilisation
3
The history of South Asia and East Africa
3
Core Topics
year
Classical Islamic history
3
Abbasids, Umayyads, Safavids, Ottomans and Mughals
4
Colonial South Asia and the independence movement
4
Core Topics
years
Duʿāt Mutlaqūn in Yemen
4
Important Islamic historians
4
Core Topics
years
Duʿāt Mutlaqūn in India
5
Core Topics
years
The Fatimi state in North Africa and Egypt
6
Core Topics
years
Important modern and contemporary historians
7
Core Topics
years
Modern and Post-modern history
8&9
Core Topics
years
Historical criticism
10&11
Orientalism and Occidentalism
Critique of historical methodologies
Philosophy of history
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Zampa Bazaar, Begampura,
Surat, Gujarat, 395003, India

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St-8 Block-C, North 
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74700, Pakistan

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Burhanuddin Road, Nairobi,
00100, Kenya

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3 Bori Colony
Marol, Andheri East, Mumbai,
Maharashtra, 400059, India

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