This course covers a millennium of history unfolding between Morocco and Indonesia. You will learn how the rise of one of the largest empires in human history, the Islamic Caliphate, forever changed the face of Afro-Eurasia, and how the societies that emerged out of this historical Big Bang initiated some of the most revolutionary transformations of the medieval period. This is the story of the astonishing achievement of mighty empires, pious mystics, and adventurous merchants, but also of the unsung toil of the common people who made medieval Islamic civilization possible: the peasants, the workers, the women, the enslaved.