Meaning and Forms of Martyrdom in Islam and Christianity

Course Information
TitleΈννοια και Μορφές του Μαρτυρίου στο Ισλάμ και τον Χριστιανισμό / Meaning and Forms of Martyrdom in Islam and Christianity
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorPanagiotis Yfantis
Course ID600012727

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

Registered students: 57
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course745

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
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
  • Italian (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course the students are able to: -explain the anthropological model of the Martyr of Faith -analyze the missionary, social and political impact of its presence -describe the Koranic interpretations of martyrdom -deepen their knowledge in the Christian martyrdom
General Competences
  • Work in teams
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course presents the Koranic interpretations of martyrdom (shahâdat) and the martyr (Shahid) and the ways in which the Muslim tradition experienced these concepts. In addition, the conceptual distinction of martyrdom between Sunni and Shiite Islam is presented. Then follows the approach of the Christian martyrdom, starting from the biblical starting point and following its subsequent experiential and theoretical versions.
Martyrdom, Martyr, Crhstianity, Islam
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • 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 PowerPoint during lectures and emails to communicate with students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment351.4
Written assigments230.9
Student Assessment
Students’ participation in classroom (discussion, asking questions, formulating comments, giving information) is usually used as an important indicator of the interest of the student and is auxiliary to the results of exams. Examinations are oral, or written assignments or a combinations of these forms.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Π. ΑΡ. ΥΦΑΝΤΗΣ, Μάχη καταλλαγής. Άνθρωπος, συνάνθρωπος, Θεάνθρωπος στις αρένες της θέωσης, εκδ. Αρμός, Αθήνα 2018. David Cook, Martyrdom in Islam (Themes in Islamic History, Series Number 4), Cambridge University Press, 2007. Kamran Scot Aghaie, The Martyrs of Karbala. Shi'i Symbols and Rituals in Modern Iran, University of Washington Press, 2004.
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