Islamic Factor in the Development of Eastern Civilizations
- To provide student with a comprehensive knowledge of the history of Islam and its influence on the socio- economic and political development of Eastern countries and beyond.
- To provide students with the relevant means of further conducting research into the topics related to Islamic heritage and contemporaneity.
- To hone students' skills and abilities in scientific research field, specifically through studying Islamic research cases.
- Analyses the founding ideas of traditional Islamic historiography, both classical and contemporary
- Holds an objective understanding of diverse approaches to studies of Islamic heritage in traditional Islamic thought and mainstream Western academia.
- Able to evaluate the central set of ideas, both Muslim and non-Muslim, on Islam’s relation with the development of Eastern civilisations.
- Develops a comparative understanding of the political and cultural contexts in which Islam has emerged as a majority and minority in different cultures and the challenges in politics and society to which Islam has responded and/or exacerbated.
- Masters skills in writing historical and political briefs.
- Writes comprehensive research on Islamism and political movements in Islamic World
- Participates in academic debates and discussions on topics covering Islam, its history, orthodoxy and innovation, Political Islam and violent movements, traditionalists against reformists.
- Birth of Islam and Creation of Caliphate. Umayyad and Abbasside Dynasties and spreading of FaithThe story of Mohammad’s revelations. First years in Mecca. The Hijrah. The Medina Charter and foundations of Islamic Governance. Umayyad Caliphate and the Great Conquests. The Abbasside Revolution. Science and Arts of the Caliphate. Belle Lettre and spread of Islam as a result of media breakthrough and the myth of the “Golden Age”. Cosmopolitanism and Idiosyncrasies of the Caliphate succession. Spectacular rise and tragic fall of the biggest empire.
- Seven "Zones of Islam", Characteristics and peculiaritiesThe role that Islamic history plays in modern Muslim societies and the quest for the answers to three important questions: What happened, How do we know this and Why do these answers matter? How do Muslims and Westerners define the borders and limits of the history of Islam? Is it the history of Religion or the history of Civilization? What role natural and human factors played through the known history of Islam?
- Cultural, educational and religious implications of Islamic impact on the ethnic majorities. Cross- influence of local and “imported” beliefs. Shaping of “localized” religious trends, acquired traditions in common interactions, literature, architecture and business conductNovelty and traditionalism in Islamic message, the role played by Sufi missionaries in adaptation of Islamic codes to the local cultural and social traditions. Influence of conquered on the conquerors. Islam vs Zoroastrism; Persian influence and "Turkiq Islam"; Slave kings of India and Deobandi movement.
- Countries with Islamic majority. Socio-political and economic characteristics. Role-play and models."Native" Islam of Arabian Peninsula vs Indonesian, Malasian and Hindu-Pakistani concepts. State-building and State-demolition in historical retrospect. Trading societies and sea-faring nations in Islamic culture; Islamic governance concept and the fate of the non-believers. Islamic discourse and modern nation-state: pros and cons of the conundrum.
- Localized Muslim communities: influencing host countries. Problems, solutions and future prospectsAssimilation as opposed to the "closed gates" communities and the challenges of interaction between Muslim minorities in the host countries. Problems faced by the host countries on the communal, municipal and state levels. Role played by NGOs, religious institutions and community elders councils and the future of a dialogue in a potentially inflammable environment.
- Notion of Umma. Pan-Islamism and political activity of Islamic movementsThe concept of Umma in historical perspective. Pan-Islamism of the first half of the 20th Century and the shaping of the Global Political Islam. Contemporary Islamist movements and their role in setting political agendas in the East.
- Course conclusion and WorkshopFree discussion on subjects studied during course hours. Q&A and light debates on controversy topics
- Seminars Participation
- Essaystudent uploads his essay to LMS. In this case, short-term and long-term violations of the Internet connection do not matter.
- Lapidus, I. M. . (DE-588)124445977, (DE-576)294175717. (2014). A history of Islamic societies / Ira M. Lapidus. New York: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.425657388
- Silverstein, A. J. (2010). Islamic History: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=303939
- Brown, L. C. (2000). Religion and State : The Muslim Approach to Politics. New York: Columbia University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=74609
- Green, R. (2018). Debates on the Rise of Islamist Extremism. San Diego, CA: ReferencePoint Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1849550
- Jajat Burhanudin. (2014). The Making of Islamic Political Tradition in the Malay World. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.8F15CE56
- Rice Jr. Earle. (2018). Muslim Brotherhood. [N.p.]: Mitchell Lane. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2183653
- Tolan, J. V. (2019). Faces of Muhammad : Western Perceptions of the Prophet of Islam From the Middle Ages to Today. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1983650