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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

Islamic Civilization

Week 2: July 12-18, 2015

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By the end of the seventh century, just a few decades after Muhammad's death, Islam stretched from Spain to India. For the next millennium, until the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire, its caliphs, courts, and capitals were grander, more powerful, and more sophisticated than those of any medieval king.

With David Powers, professor of Near Eastern studies and a specialist in Islamic history and law, we will trace the salient features and the history of Islamic civilization—its rise, decline, and resurgence.

We will explore the career of the Prophet Muhammad; the Arab conquests; sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shias; the five pillars of Islam; sharia, theology, and Sufism; the achievements of Muslim literature, art, architecture, science, and philosophy; the shifting tides of Western influence; and current struggles within and outside the Islamic world.

David Powers

David Powers received his PhD from Princeton in 1979 and began teaching at Cornell in the same year. His courses deal with Islamic civilization, Islamic history and law, and classical Arabic texts, and his research focuses on the history of... > more


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Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For adults staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) includes the course, lodging, fifteen all-you-care-to-eat meals, banquet dinner, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, evening lectures, walks and talks, welcome and farewell receptions, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees as noted. Wednesday dinner is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees.

Standard room, on-campus housing, and meals

$1,970 double occupancy, $100 single supplement

Standard room, on-campus housing with exclusive bath, and meals

$2,030 double occupancy, $150 single supplement

Course fee for commuters and those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites

$1,285. This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option

$327. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience. It includes six breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners.