Islam in the Balkans and Greece

Course Information
TitleΤο Ισλάμ στα Βαλκάνια και στην Ελλάδα / Islam in the Balkans and Greece
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorAthanasios Athanasiadis
Course ID600012630

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

Registered students: 54
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
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
  • Bulgarian, Serbian
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to: • become familiar within the wider Islamic world in the Balkans • Identify and describe the geographical areas in which Muslim populations are located • study the historicity and cultural depth of the diversity in the areas under examination • compose new perceptions and knowledge about the people who occupy the same religious space and those of other religions (benefiting from the pluralistic example of the presence of Islam in communities in the Balkans) • connect the presence of the wider Balkan Islam with that of the Greek Muslim community in Thrace • Delve in the similarities and differences of Islam between the wider Balkan area and the area of Greece • Raise awareness on immigration policy issues (through understanding diversity as a religious and cultural Othering) • Defend universal cultural values for the purpose of peaceful coexistence and social pacification
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Lesson 1 Introduction to Lesson. Geographical, political boundaries and history of Haemus Peninsula. Lesson 2 The Medieval period of Haemus Peninsula. Lesson 3 - 4 Haemus Peninsula from the end of the Middle Ages to the nationalism era. Lesson 5-6 From the birth of national ideology to the creation of nation states in Haemus Peninsula. Lesson 7 From Revelation to History and from History to Revelation. Impression of coexistence of Christian and Muslim populations in the eschatological perceptions of the Ottoman period. Lesson 8 Consequences of the Religious Enforcement Relationship in the Coexistence of Christian and Muslim Populations during the Ottoman Occupation. Lesson 9 The position of Islam in Balkans on the eve of the Balkan Wars. Lesson 10-11 The social and educational organization of the Muslim communities in the Southern Balkans since the end of the First World War to date. Lesson 12 Muslim minorities in the Southern Balkans and their participation in politics. Lesson 13 Conclusions.
Balkans, Hellas, Islam
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
PC, Projector (PowerPoint, Digital Material)
Course Organization
Laboratory Work130.5
Reading Assigment451.8
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities150.6
Student Assessment
Written Exams
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Λ. Σταυριανού, Τα Βαλκάνια. Από το 1453 και μετά, (μετάφρ. Ελ. Δελιβάνη) εκδ. Βάνιας, Θεσσαλονίκη 2007 Αθανασιάδη Αθανάσιου, Ιδεατά έθνη στα Βαλκάνια, Η εθνογένεση των μουσουλμάνων της Βοσνίας, εκδ. Μυγδονία, Θεσσαλονίκη 2016(2). Μ. Νυσταζοπούλου - Πελεκίδου, Οι βαλκανικοί λαοί. Από την τουρκική κατάκτηση στην εθνική αποκατάσταση 14ος-19ος αι., εκδ. Βάνιας, 1991
Additional bibliography for study
Κ. Τσιούμη Η διαχείριση της μειονοτικής ταυτότητας στον ελληνικό χώρο και η διαμόρφωση της εκπαιδευτικής πολιτικής: Η περίπτωση των μουσουλμάνων της Θράκης 1923–1974 Tanasković D., Islam i mi, Partenon, Beograd 2000 Filipović M., Ko smo mi Bošnjaci, Prosperitet, Sarajevo 2007 Fine J., The Medievel Balkans, Michigan 1994
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