Islamic History and Theology I (Early and the Middle Ages )

Course Information
TitleΙσλαμική Ιστορία και Θεολογία Ι (Πρώιμη και Μεσαιωνική) / Islamic History and Theology I (Early and the Middle Ages )
CodeΥ101
FacultyTheology
SchoolTheology
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorAngeliki Ziaka
CommonYes
StatusActive
Course ID600012618

Programme of Study: PPS Tm. THeologías - Eisagōgikī Kateýthynsī Mousoulmanikṓn Spoudṓn (EKMS 2016-sīmera)

Registered students: 86
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course115

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
600145007
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Erasmus
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to understand and deepen to the formation of early Islam, mainly the formative period, and the continuation of the new religion within the frame of late antiquity. They will also to be able to understand the contemporary and modern political and religious use of the early Islamic period and to follow the formation of multiple religious and political narratives and trends of thought and action, as well as the contemporary Muslim Understandings.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Formative period of Islam until 11th century. Main schools of Law and religious thought. The debate between human reason and the "Law of God". The creation of Islamic religious terminology and the different appreciations on the creation or not of the Qur'an, the Free Will (Qadar), the oneness of God (Tawhid) and the notions of 'singer,' 'hypocrite,' 'faithful' and 'unfaithful'. Students will be able to understand the formative Period of early Islam and the continuation of the 'new' religion within the frame of late antiquity. They will also to be able to understand the contemporary and modern political and religious use of the early Islamic history and theology, and follow the formation of the multiple religious and political narratives. The path of how "Kalam", the Muslim theology is born, will help the students to detect how the pre-existing theological system of thought and proof, embodied in the philosophical discourse of antiquity, was framed and reshaped by Islam. Participants will understand how reason is put at the service of faith, when a meeting place is created between religion and philosophy, but also a space of competition between human discourse and divine revelation. The struggle between human reason and faith, religion and philosophy observed in the religious and philosophical spheres, it extends to the realm of politics. Alongside with the above, the students will also get to know the historical course of early Islam, from its beginnings until the end of the 11th century, when the so-called formative period was completed with the establishment of the main schools of interpretation of Islamic law and thought.
Keywords
Islam, Theology, Middle Ages, Early Modernity
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
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
ActivitiesWorkloadECTSIndividualTeamworkErasmus
Lectures652.6
Reading Assigment401.6
Written assigments180.7
Exams20.1
Total1255
Student Assessment
Description
Exams (written or oral), or writing of projects. The degree of participation of the students in the class during the lectures included in their final evaluation.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Bibliography
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Αγγελική Ζιάκα, (2016), Το Καλάμ και τα ισλαμικά ρεύματα σκέψης, ΠΑΜΑΚ Θεσσαλονίκη 2. Γεράσιμος Μακρής, (2012), Ισλάμ, πεποιθήσεις και πρακτικές, Πατάκη, Αθήνα
Additional bibliography for study
Garth Fowden (2015), Abraham or Aristotle? First Millennium Empires and Exegetical Traditions, Cambridge University Press. Ayoub Mahmoud (2004), Islam : faith and history, Oneworld, Oxford.
Last Update
03-06-2020