Islamic History and Theology II (Modern)

Course Information
TitleΙσλαμική Ιστορία και Θεολογία ΙΙ (Νεότερη) / Islamic History and Theology II (Modern)
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorMarina anna Pyrovolaki
Course ID600012627

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

Registered students: 37
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course215

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodSpring
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
  • 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 in order to enrol in Islamic History and Theology II students should, and normally would have attended the above course and be familiar with the developments of the formative and classical period of Islam in order to better understand and consolidate the problematics of the middle period
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course students are able to: -Clarify and problematise the periodization of Islamic History and Theology -Transmit and describe how the map of the middle east is terms of dynasties and religious identities during the examined period -Deepen their understanding on at least five topics from the course syllabus by composing knowledge from different sources -Read critically a variety of relevant readings of historical and religious research -Analyse two primary sources (texts or objects) -Practice public speaking through classroom presentations -Practice academic writing and independent research through written assignments -Develop dialogue skills, as well as the ability to participate and contribute in groups(thought class presentations and group discussions)
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • 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
  • 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 examines the history of the Islamic world during the Middle Ages and the transition from the Formative and Classical Period to the Early Modernity; it covers the period from the 11th century to about 1600, emphasizing the historical development of the Near and Middle East and Islam, and the region's relations with Christendom and Europe, especially in the Mediterranean region. Key events of the period under consideration include the beginning of Anatolian Turkification, the crusades in Syria, the break-up of the Abbasid caliphate into independent dynasties, the fall of Baghdad to the Mongols in 1258, and the rise of non-Arab dynasties such as the Mamluks, the Ottomans and the Safavids. The crystallization of the dogmatic and theological differences between Sunni and Shiite Islam and the evolution towards new movements and theological tendencies are naturally examined. Topics covered include: 1. Postclassical period 2. Fatimids, the alternative caliphate 3. Crusades and Arabs 4. Byzantium, the West and Islam 5. The Mongols in the Middle East 6. The Mamluks as heirs of Sunni Islam 7. The Genesis of the Ottoman Empire 8. Safavids and Shiism 9. Convivencia in Andalusia
Islam, Theology, Middle Ages, Early 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 Assigment401.6
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)
• Goldschmidt Jr, Ιστορία της Μέσης Ανατολής, Επίκεντρο, Θεσσαλονίκη, 2016 Βιβλίο [15421]: Η Οθωμανική Αυτοκρατορία, Inalcik Halil Λεπτομέρειες Βιβλίο [43862]: Ανάμεσα σε δύο κόσμους, Kafadar Cemal
Additional bibliography for study
• Bosworth, C., Οι ισλαμικές δυναστείες, 2006, Εκδόσεις Παπαζήση • Inalcik, Halil, Η Οθωμανική Αυτοκρατορία, η κλασσικη εποχή, 1300-1600, Αλεξάνδρεια, 1995 • Kafadar Cemal, Ανάμεσα σε δυο κόσμους (η κατασκευή του Οθωμανικού Κράτους), ΜΙΕΤ, 2008 • Goffman Daniel, Η Οθωμανική Αυτοκρατορία και η Πρώιμη Νεότερη Ευρώπη, μια νέα Ιστορική Προσέγγιση, Ενάλιος 2007 • Gibbons Herbert-Adams, Η Θεμελίωση της Οθωμανικής Αυτοκρατορίας, Αρχιπέλαγος, 2008 • Humphreys, R. Stephen, Islamic History: a framework for enquiry, Princeton 1991 • Berkey, J. P. The formation of Islam, Religion and society in the near east, 600-1800, Cambridge: 2003 • Lapidus, I.M., A History of Islamic Societies, Cambridge: 2002 • Hodgson, M.G.S., The Venture of Islam, Chicago/London: 1974 (vol 1 and 2)
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