Islamic History and Theology III (Contemporary)

Course Information
TitleΙσλαμική Ιστορία και Θεολογία ΙΙΙ (Σύγχρονη) / Islamic History and Theology III (Contemporary)
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorMarina anna Pyrovolaki
Course ID600012636

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

Registered students: 61
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course325

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID

Class Schedule

FloorFloor 3
HallΑΙΘΟΥΣΑ Δ (100)
CalendarTuesday 11:00 to 14:00
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction)
General Prerequisites
Although it is not obligatory to have been successfully examined in Islamic History and Theology I and Islamic History II in order to enrol in Islamic History and Theology III students should, and normally would have attended the above courses and be familiar with the developments of the formative and classical period of Islam, as well as with the transition period from the classical Islam to the early modernity, in order to better understand and consolidate the problematics of the modern period
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course students are able to: • clarify and problematise the transition from early modernity to the modern period • identify and describe how the map of the Middle East is changing radically from the empires to the nation states • redefine Islam in the context of colonialism, the creation of nation-states and post-colonialism • practice critical thinking and taking a stance in the face of the dilemmas and challenges of studying modern political Islam and phenomena such as Islamophobia • deepen their understanding of at least five topics from the course material by composing knowledge from different sources • read critically a variety of relevant readings of historical and religious research • analyse at least two original sources (texts or objects) • practice public speaking • practice academic writing and independent research • develop dialogue skills, as well as the ability to participate and contribute in groups
General Competences
  • 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 international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course examines the modern and contemporary history of the Islamic world, from the 17th to the 20th century, focusing mainly on the countries of the Middle East (Arab countries, Turkey, Iran) and the historical developments in them. It examines the transition of Sunni and Shiite political entities to nation-states in the modern period and the emergence of movements such as Wahhabism, Pan-Islamism and Pan-Arabism. Students are asked to interpret the interaction of Islam with European modernity, the emergence of secular / nationalist and religious political programs within the shaky Ottoman Empire, the reformist tendencies throughout the Muslim world, and the Muslim world. and some of the social, economic and political changes of the 20th century such as the collapse of colonialism and the rise of radical Islam Topics studied include: 1. Τhe transition to the modern period 2. The competition between Saffavids and Ottomans 3. Islamic reformists of the 19th century 4. Modern Sufi orders and Islam in the 19th and early 20th century 5. The constitutional reform in Iran 6. The New Turks and nationalism and Islam 7. Muslim brothers movement 8. The end of calonialism 9. Political Islam and Islamophobia
Middle East, history, politics, religion, colonialism, post colonialism, modernity
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Podcast
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • 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
Use a projector to use Power Points, the internet, videos and podcasts during lessons. Use technologies such as zoom to connect with academic visitors from other universities and abroad Regular contact and constant information of students through university platforms such as elearning SIS, and university webmail
Course Organization
Reading Assigment200.8
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities200.8
Written assigments180.7
Student Assessment
15% of the total grade depends on class participation, including presentations and group discussions 25% depends on the grade of optional written assignments (in Greek based and mostly English bibliography) The rest of it depends on an oral or written examination with questions that require understanding and analysis of the topics
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
• Μιχάλης Μαριόρας, Ριζοσπαστικό Ισλάμ, εκδόσεις Πεδίο, 2020 • Goldschmidt Arthur Jr., Aomar Boum, Ιστορία της Μέσης Ανατολής, Επίκεντρο, Θεσσαλονίκη Βιβλίο [86198863]: Η ιστορία της Οθωμανικής Αυτοκρατορίας, Douglas A. Howard Λεπτομέρειες Βιβλίο [9836]: Η Οθωμανική Αυτοκρατορία και ο κόσμος γύρω της, Faroqhi Suraiya
Additional bibliography for study
• Howard A. Douglas, Η Ιστορία της Οθωμανικής Αυτοκρατορίας, Καρδαμίτσας, 2019 • Faroqhi Suraiya, Η Οθωμανική Αυτοκρατορία και ο κόσμος γυρω της, Εκδόσεις 21ου αιωνα, 2009 • ΚΑΛΥΠΤΟΝΤΑΣ ΤΟ ΙΣΛΑΜ , ΠΩΣ ΤΑ Μ.Μ.Ε. ΚΑΙ ΟΙ ΑΝΑΛΥΤΕΣ ΚΑΘΟΡΙΖΟΥΝ ΤΗΝ ΕΙΚΟΝΑ ΠΟΥ ΕΧΟΥΜΕ ΓΙΑ ΤΟΝ ΥΠΟΛΟΙΠΟ ΚΟΣΜΟ, Said Edward • Malcolm Yapp (1987), The making of the modern Near East, 1792–1923. • Malcolm Yapp (1991), The Near East since the First World War: a History to 1995, 1991. • Raja, Masood Ashraf. "Muslim Modernity: Poetics, Politics, and Metaphysics". Gabriele Marranci, ed. Muslim Societies and the Challenge of Secularization: An Interdisciplinary Approach, 2010: 99–112. • Faroqhi Suraiya, Προσεγγίζοντας την Οθωμανική Ιστορία, University Studio Press, 2006 • D. Quataert (2006), Η Οθωμανική Αυτοκρατορία: Οι Τελευταίοι Αιώνες, 1700-1922,Αλεξάνδρεια, Αθήνα
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