History of the relations between Byzantium and the islamic world

Course Information
TitleΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ ΤΩΝ ΣΧΕΣΕΩΝ ΤΟΥ ΒΥΖΑΝΤΙΟΥ ΜΕ ΤΟΝ ΙΣΛΑΜΙΚΟ ΚΟΣΜΟ. / History of the relations between Byzantium and the islamic world
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorVasileios Koukousas
Course ID60005101

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to deepen to issues affecting the relations between Byzantium and the Islamic world
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course deals with the research and study of the various relations which formed between Byzantium and the Islamic world, Arabian and non-Arabian. It also helps in understanding of the reactions of Byzantine on the fact of arrival, on the scene of the history, of a nation with new and different socio-cultural claims. 1. Introduction 2. Sources and historiography. 3. The image of Islam in Byzantium. Byzantine historical texts. 4. The religious (sacred) geography beyond the Empire. 5. The Byzantine Empire in an era of accelerating changes. 6. The problems of Byzantium and the Islamic conquests. 7. Diplomatic relations and dialogue between Byzantium and the Islamic world. 8. The survival of the Christian population in Muslim Caliphs. 9. Conversions to Islam and Christianity. 10. Theological and polemical anti-Islamic writings. 11. Church and Islamic political authority in Syria. 12. Church and Islamic political authority in Palestine. 13. Church and Islamic political authority in Egypt.
Patriarchate, Constantinople, Balkans, Asia Minor, Anatolia
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Courses take place using Powerpoint. The course is supported by the electronic platform eclass (http://eclass.auth.gr).
Course Organization
Reading Assigment100
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities26
Written assigments70
Student Assessment
Scientific work and presentation in the classroom. The participation of students in class is counted positively.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Δεν παρέχεται κάποιο εγχειρίδιο.
Additional bibliography for study
Προτείνεται κάθε φορά, στους μεταπτυχιακούς φοιτητές, βιβλιογραφία σχετική με το γενικό αντικείμενο του μαθήματος και με το θέμα της εργασίας που έχουν αναλάβει. Γενική Βιβλιογραφία: 1. David Thomas, Christians at the heart of Islamic rule. Church Life and Scholarship in Abbasid Iraq, ed. Brill, Leiden-Boston 2003. 2. Jas’ Elsner and Ian Rutherford, Pilgrimage in Graeco-Roman and Early Christian Antiquity. Seeing the Gods, Oxford University Press 2005. 3. Oded Peri, Christianity under Islam in Jerusalem.The Question of the Holy Sites in Early Ottoman Times, ed. Brill, Leiden-Boston-Koln 2001. 4. Emmanouela Grypeou, Mark Swanson and David Thomas, The Encounter of Eastern Christianity with Early Islam, ed. Brill, Leiden-Boston 2006. 5. J.W. McCrindle (Translated from the Greek, and Edited with Notes and Introduction), Cosmas Indicopleustes: The Christian Topography of Cosmas, an Egyptian Monk, ed Cambridge University Press, New York 2010. 6. Hugh Goddard, A History of Christian-Muslim Relations, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh 2000. 7. Birgitta Elweskiöld, John Philoponus against Cosmas Indicopleustes. A Christian Controversy on the Structure of the World in Sixth-Century Alexandria, Lund University, Lund 2005. 8. Elsner J., Rutherford I. (ed.), Pilgrimage in Graeco-Roman and Early Christian 9. Antiquity: Seeing the Gods, Oxford 2005. 10. Χατζητρύφωνος Ε.(επιμ.), Δρόμοι της πίστης στη Μεσαιωνική Μεσόγειο, Ιστορία, μνημεία, άνθρωποι, προσκυνηματικές προοπτικές, Διεθνές Συμπόσιο, Θεσσαλονίκη 2008.
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