The formative period of Islam

Course Information
TitleΗ διαμορφωτική περίοδος του Ισλάμ / The formative period of Islam
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorAngeliki Ziaka
Course ID600014137

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 1
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodSpring
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)
Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to understand and deepen to the formation of early Islam, mainly the formative period, and the continuation of the new religion within the frame of late antiquity. They will also to be able to understand the contemporary and modern political and religious use of the early Islamic period and to follow the formation of multiple religious and political narratives and trends of thought and action, as well as the contemporary Muslim Understandings.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Formative period of Islam until 11th century. Main schools of Law and religious thought. The debate between human reason and the "Law of God". The creation of Islamic religious terminology and the different appreciations on the creation or not of the Qur'an, the Free Will (Qadar), the oneness of God (Tawhid) and the notions of 'singer,' 'hypocrite,' 'faithful' and 'unfaithful'. Students will be able to understand the formative Period of early Islam and the continuation of the 'new' religion within the frame of late antiquity. They will also to be able to understand the contemporary and modern political and religious use of the early Islamic history and theology, and follow the formation of the multiple religious and political narratives. The path of how "Kalam", the Muslim theology is born, will help the students to detect how the pre-existing theological system of thought and proof, embodied in the philosophical discourse of antiquity, was framed and reshaped by Islam. Participants will understand how reason is put at the service of faith, when a meeting place is created between religion and philosophy, but also a space of competition between human discourse and divine revelation. The struggle between human reason and faith, religion and philosophy observed in the religious and philosophical spheres, it extends to the realm of politics. Alongside with the above, the students will also get to know the historical course of early Islam, from its beginnings until the end of the 11th century, when the so-called formative period was completed with the establishment of the main schools of interpretation of Islamic law and thought.
Islam, Theology, Middle Ages, Early Modernity
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
Course Organization
Reading Assigment80.3
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Αγγελική Ζιάκα, (2016), Το Καλάμ και τα ισλαμικά ρεύματα σκέψης, ΠΑΜΑΚ Θεσσαλονίκη 2. Γεράσιμος Μακρής, (2012), Ισλάμ, πεποιθήσεις και πρακτικές, Πατάκη, Αθήνα
Additional bibliography for study
Garth Fowden (2015), Abraham or Aristotle? First Millennium Empires and Exegetical Traditions, Cambridge University Press. Ayoub Mahmoud (2004), Islam : faith and history, Oneworld, Oxford.
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