History and Institutions of Islamic Countries

A.Y. 2020/2021
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/14
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims at providing students with an understanding of the basic concepts and institutions of Islam, and of the modern and contemporary history of the Middle East. At the end of the course students will have ALSO acquired the analytical tools to understand the most recent events taking place in this part of the world and the geostrategic, economic, cultural and religious forces driving them.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course students will be acquainted with the evolution of the Islamic doctrine and Middle Eastern history, and with an in-depht udnerstanding of the historical processes that have shaped Islamic revivalism. They will thus have acquired the conceptual and terminological tools that are necessary to comprehend and analyse in a critical manner the most recent events taking place in the Middle East; students will also have acquired an adequate terminology. These skills will allow the students to continue their studies in an autonomous manner.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second trimester
Lectures and presentations
Course syllabus
The following issues will be analysed: birth of islam, sunnism and shiism, classical political theory, relationship between political power and religious authority, sufism, the gunpowder empires and their crisis, colonialism and the Middle East, Arab nationalism, decolonization, Islamic revivalism, fundamentalism, partition of the Middle East and independence movements, islamization in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, the 1979 revolution in Iran, the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the two Gulf wars, the birth of al-Qaeda and its subsequent development, the Algerian civil war, the Arab springs, Iran-Saudi relations, the Afghan crisis
Prerequisites for admission
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Teaching methods
Didattica frontale
Teaching Resources
3 credits:
A. Hourani, Storia dei popoli arabi, any edition, part one (except "Unità di fede e di lingua" in ch. 3); "Evoluzione dello sciismo" (ch. 11, in part two); part three (except ch. 14) and part four until the end of "La supremazia della Gran Bretagna e della Francia" in ch. 19 (except "Il controllo della terra" and "La società dualista" in ch. 17, and "La cultura dell'imperialismo" and "L'ascesa dell'intellighenzia" in ch. 18)

6 credits
-A. Hourani, Storia dei popoli arabi, any edition, part one (except "Unità di fede e di lingua" in ch. 3); "Evoluzione dello sciismo" (ch. 11, in part two); part three (except ch. 14) and part four until the end of "La supremazia della Gran Bretagna e della Francia" in ch. 19 (except "Il controllo della terra" and "La società dualista" in ch. 17, and "La cultura dell'imperialismo" and "L'ascesa dell'intellighenzia" in ch. 18)
- M. Emiliani, Medio Oriente, Dal 1918 al 1991, Laterza, any edition, except ch. 11

9 credits:
- A. Hourani, Storia dei popoli arabi, any edition, part one (except "Unità di fede e di lingua" in ch. 3); "Evoluzione dello sciismo" (ch. 11, in part two); part three (except ch. 14) and part four until the end of "La supremazia della Gran Bretagna e della Francia" in ch. 19 (except "Il controllo della terra" and "La società dualista" in ch. 17, and "La cultura dell'imperialismo" and "L'ascesa dell'intellighenzia" in ch. 18)
- M. Emiliani, Medio Oriente, Dal 1918 al 1991, Laterza, any edition, except ch. 11
- M. Emiliani, Medio oriente. Una storia dal 1991 a oggi, Laterza, any edition, except par. 3-4 (ch.2), 3 (ch. 3), from 2.2 to 2.4 (ch. 4), da 4 a 4.4 (ch. 5)
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam via MT (unless stated otherwise on the Ariel website) with the aim of assessing the knowledge of the themes dealt with by the programme, the capacity to interpret them in a critical manner and to espouse them with an adequate terminology; as to attending students, active participation in class discussions will be taken into account, as well as presentations
SPS/14 - ASIAN HISTORY AND INSTITUTIONS - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Giunchi Elisa Ada
Professor(s)
Reception:
2,30PM-6,30PM
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