Islamic History and Culture CSS Paper I 2002

FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS

IN BPS – 17 UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2002.

ISLAMIC HISTORY AND CULTURE, PAPER – I

TIME ALLOWED: THREE HOURS MAXIMUM MARKS: 100

Note: Attempt any FIVE questions in all, including Question No. 8 which is COMPULSORY. Ail questions carry EQUAL marks.

1. Give a brief best meaning sketch of the socio-political conditions prevailing in the Byzantine and the Sasanian empires on the eve of the advent of Islam. What was the significance of Islam in the context of those conditions?

2. Never in the annals of history any conquest has been so peaceful as the conquest of Makkah. Please explain.

3. Highlight the achievements of Hazrat Abu-Bakr Al-Siddique as the first caliph.

4. Discuss the emergence of the Umayyads with special reference to the role of Amir Muaviya.

5. Explain the progress of philosophy during the Abbasid Caliph with special reference to three (3) most celebrated philosophers of that period.

6. Write a comprehensive note on any ONE of the following: Character and achievements of:

(a) Muhammad al-Faith (the conqueror) OR

(b) Sulaiman the magnificent

7. Write short note on any TWO of the following: –

(a) Ai-Shu’ubiyyah (b) Umar bin Abd-al-Aziz. (c) AI-Mu’tazillah (d) AI-Biruni

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