Early and Medieval revivalist movements in Islam

Course Information
TitleΜεσσιανικά επαναστατικά κινήματα στο Ισλάμ. Ταυτότητα και ετερότητα στο Ισλάμ / Early and Medieval revivalist movements in Islam
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorAngeliki Ziaka
Course ID600012768

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

Registered students: 36
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses belonging to the selected specializationWinter-4

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
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)
General Prerequisites
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the lectures students will be able to: -learn about the early messianic history of Islam and the revivalist movements that emerged - understand the theory of Mahdi, the eschatological redemptor and savor - compose different elements of the past and to realize their applications today.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
Course Content (Syllabus)
In Islam, the birth of many currents of thought and political struggle is observed from the beginning, intertwined with a wide variety of eschatological concepts with messianic and millennial legends. These perceptions, a phenomenon of social and political reaction to adverse historical circumstances and situations, took on a special eschatological and messianic tinge to the Shiite Muslims, where the teaching was developed for the last leader of the community, the imam, who is in a state of concealment and will come. in the last days to save the world. The basic idea of ​​the Shiite thought of an eschatological imam who will return to the end of the world in the legendary form of Mahdi, the savior and liberator, quickly penetrated the rest of the Islamic world and is now a commonly accepted expectation. This course traces the entire religious and political struggle of early, medieval, modern and contemporary Islam and the apocalyptic and messianic Islamic m
messianism, mahdism, revivalism, shiism, sunnism, theology and politics
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 Power Point and emails during the communication with students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment180.7
Written assigments150.6
Student Assessment
Students are assessed in writing and on a case-by-case basis by presenting assignments
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Αγγελική Ζιάκα, Το Σιιτικό Ισλάμ. Κοινωνικές και πολιτικες προεκτάσεις στη Μ.Ανατολή, εκδ. Κορν. Σφακιανάκη, Θεσσαλονικη, 2004 Αγγελική Ζιάκα, Μεσσιανικές Προσδοκίες στο Ισλάμ, στο Η Μεσσιανική Ιδέα και οι Μεταμορφώσεις της, επιμ. Σταύρος Ζουμπουλάκης, εκδ. Άρτος Ζωής, Αθήνα 2011 Αγγελική Ζιάκα, Διαμάχη στους Κόλπους του Ισλάμ. Η δυναμική του Σιιτικού Ισλάμ στη Μέση Ανατολή, επιμ. Φ. Τσιμπιρίδου και Δ. Σταματόπουλος, εκδ. Κριτική, Αθήνα 2008
Additional bibliography for study
Garth Fowden, Before and After Muhammad, Princeton University Press, 2014. Γρηγόριος Ζιάκας, Η περί Εσχάτων διδασκαλία του Ισλάμ, Ε.Ε.Θ.Σ., τόμος 20, Θεσσαλονίκη: ΑΠΘ, 1976, All. Tabataba’i‘, “Messianism and the Mahdi”, in S.H. Nasr (et al. eds.), Expectation of the Millenium: Shi‘ism in History, Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York, 1989, σσ. 8-10 Σημειώσεις Μαθήματος για τα πρώιμα και μέσης περιόδου επαναστατικά και μεσσιανικά κινήματα στο Ισλάμ
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