Hamman’s Study Diary

May 8, 2007

End of Spring 2007!

Filed under: CIV 211, CSC 213, MAT 211, PHY 106, SEN 261, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 2:44 pm

run “SPRING 2007  -terminate”

“The semester, she has ended”!

I just completed my last exam on Physics, and this marks the end of my semester. I hope to be more consistent in blogging my next semester here… Until then…

“Good night out there, whatever you are”


March 29, 2007

More Mongols and the Ottomans too!

Filed under: CIV 211, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 5:58 pm

We continued on the Mongols and how they were eventually subject to an over-stretched empire. We concluded the day’s lecture with the beginnings of the Ottoman empire…

March 26, 2007

The Mongols

Filed under: CIV 211, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 12:34 pm

We started the lecture by learning about the futawwas and how they related to Nasir, the khalifah who wanted to be sultan.

The invasion of the Mongols marks the end of the Khalifah era, and the start of the Mongol rule over the Islamic territories around the late 1200s. We made some comparisons between the Mongol armies and rule with the Islamic armies when they had come in.

We also looked into how the Mongols converted to Islam and how they integrated their own laws of the Yasa into the Shariah.

March 22, 2007

From Seljuks to Mamluks

Filed under: CIV 211, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 5:21 pm

We did take a detour into the Spanish crusades, and also a little reminder of the Almoravids from my African civilizations course. The main topic for today was the Sunni internationalization.

Speaking of detours, we also went into India, and a brief story of Iltumish (I had heard of this one in one Indian movie called “Razia Sultana”!), and today’s lecture was very broad, going from one region and culture to another. We did have our focus on the Mamluk dynasty before moving on to the Sansabanis.

March 20, 2007

The decline of the Fatimis

Filed under: CIV 211, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 11:11 am

We continued the history of the Fatimis, and their eventual decline. We also looked at the presence of 3 khalifahs at the same time at this point in Islamic history, and its implications. Some of the dynasties and rulers covered were…

  • Mustansir and Mahmud
  • Nasr
  • Sebuktegin
  • The Buyis
  • The Seljuks
  • Nizam al-Mulk

We concluded with a look at the hope of a united Umma that arose during the administration of Nizam as wazir, and how a khalifah, Nasir, tried to add a political dimension to his religious functions.

March 15, 2007

General history

Filed under: CIV 211, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 12:22 pm

Just a continuation of various Khalifs that came and went from 833AD to 969AD in Iraq and other arab nations. I think we are still studying about the Abbasis, but in the next class we will move into learning about the “Muslim west” and the Fatimis.

March 12, 2007

Islamic civilizations theology and philosophy

Filed under: CIV 211, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 3:57 pm

We continued Middle Eastern civilizations’ session on Islamic civilizations by taking a look at how later Muslim philosophers and theologians contributed to Islamic laws and regulations.

PS – Just for the records, I’m a Christian!

February 19, 2007

We go into Islamic civilizations

Filed under: CIV 211, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 12:51 pm

After concluding the BC phases of middle eastern history, we now get into the AD/ CE phases with Islamic civilizations. Today, we had an overview of the concept of Islam, and how it represents an entity comprised of…

  • Culture/civilization
  • Religion/faith
  • State/nation

February 15, 2007

Test and essay results

Filed under: CIV 211, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 1:34 pm

Today we got our test papers back. And later, the grades for the essay paper on “Why modern Africans should read Asian civilizations” were announced. Did well on the essay, but not as well on the test!

February 12, 2007

First test of semester

Filed under: CIV 211, Spring 2007 — Hamman @ 12:36 pm

First test on Ancient Mesopotamia to Byzantines.

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