Religions and Societies in the Middle East

Course Information
TitleΘρησκείες και Κοινωνίες στη Μέση Ανατολή / Religions and Societies in the Middle East
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorAngeliki Ziaka
Course ID600012621

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

Registered students: 77
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course115

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Learning Outcomes
The students could be able to: - understand the societies of the Middle East and the role that religions play - understand the pluralistic religious context of the Middle East - get know the Arabic culture and its multiple dimensions (language, literature, sciences)
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course aims to introduce students to the study of the relationship between religion and society in the Middle East. More specifically, it explores the historical and geographical formation of the Middle East, the Arab nationalism and the formation of modern Arab states, the social and political role of religions of the Middle East, the position of the various religious communities (Muslim, Christian, Jewish, etc.). It explores also issues of religion and daily life, as well as issues of Arab culture, such as language, literature and sciences.
religion, society, Middle East, arab civilisation
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Multimedia
  • 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
computer video projector
Course Organization
Reading Assigment401.6
Written assigments180.7
Student Assessment
Exams (written-oral), or writing of papers. The degree of participation in the class during the lectures of the Semester included in their final evaluation.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ελένη Κονδύλη, Αραβικός Πολιτισμός, Εκδ. Πεδίο, Αθήνα 2016
Additional bibliography for study
Candiard Adriene, Κατανοώντας το Ισλάμ, Πόλις, Αθήνα 2018 Endress, Gerhard, Ισλάμ. Μια εισαγωγή στην ιστορία του, Μεσόγειος, Αθήνα 2004 Goldschmidt Arthur, Boum Aomar, ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΜΕΣΗΣ ΑΝΑΤΟΛΗΣ, Επίκεντρο Αθήνα 2016 Hourani, Albert, Η ιστορία του αραβικού κόσμου, Ψυχογιός, Μαΐος 2009 Μακρής Γεράσιμος, Ισλάμ: Πεποιθήσεις, πρακτικές και τάσεις, Πατάκη, Αθήνα 2013 Παπαγεωργίου Νίκη, "Οι χριστιανοί στον αραβικό κόσμο: ζητήματα έρευνας", Σύνθεσις 5 (2014)79-97 Rogan, Eugene, Οι Άραβες, Αλεξάνδρεια, Αθήνα 2019 Rogan, Eugene, Η πτώση των Οθωμανών. Ο μεγάλος πόλεμος στη Μέση Ανατολή 1914-1920, Αλεξάνδρεια, Αθήνα 2016 Σπυρόπουλος Γεώργιος, Μέση Ανατολή, Αραβο-ισραηλινή διένεξη. Ιστορία, πολιτική, διπλωματία, Εκδόσεις Πανεπιστημίου Μακεδονίας, Θεσσαλονίκη 2011
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