The Transmition of the Greek Letters to the Arab-islamic Philosophy

Course Information
TitleΗ μεταβίβαση των Ελληνικών γραμμάτων στην Αραβοϊσλαμική Φιλοσοφία / The Transmition of the Greek Letters to the Arab-islamic Philosophy
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorAngeliki Ziaka
Course ID600016009

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

Registered students: 56
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course325

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodWinter
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
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the class the students are able to: -identify the embodiment of Islamic theology and philosophy with previous and later cultures, -conceptualise the ways in which classical and late antiquity were perceived, -analyse the emergence of theology within Muslim worldviews and the development of Islam and science. -enlist the philosophers of "Mashriq" and "Magrib" -explain several philosophic and religious notions of the primitive islamic period
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • 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 history of the transmission of Greek letters to the Arab-Islamic world and their influence on the spiritual fruitfulness of the "Arab-Islamic culture" (8th - 13th century) is examined. The first part examines the history of the transfer of Greek letters in the Arabic tradition and the creation of Arabic sciences; the second teaches the history of the transmission of Greek letters and Aristotle to the Arab-Islamic tradition, while the third part examines Greek-Arabic literature and pseudo-aristotelian literature. The subject of the last section deals with the utilization of Aristotelian philosophy and Greek thought by the Arabs, the creation of Arab-Islamic Aristotelianism, the genesis of Islamic philosophy, its institutions and the transfer of Arab Aristotelianism to European thought, mainly through Albert the Great and of Thomas Aquinas.
Aristotle, Greek letters, Syrian, Arabic and Islamic tradition, falsafa
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment401.6
Written assigments180.7
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Γρηγόριος Ζιάκας, (2007), Τα ελληνικά Γράμματα και ο Αριστοτέλης στην Αραβική Παράδοση, Ελληνικά Γράμματα, Αθήνα
Additional bibliography for study
Garth Fowden (2015), Abraham or Aristotle? First Millennium Empires and Exegetical Traditions, Cambridge University Press.
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