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HISTORY OF ARABIAN COUNTRIES
STORIA DEI PAESI ARABI

A.Y. Credits
2016/2017 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Anna Maria Medici
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language French
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Foreign Languages and Cultures (L-11)
Curriculum: LINGUISTICO CULTURALE ORIENTALE
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

After reading and studying for this course, students should be able to:

Discuss who the Arabs were, identify the major events of Arab history, and articulate the internal and external forces that led up to and shaped these events.

The factors that drove the spread of Islam.

How the Muslims governed their vast conquered territories.

Have knowledge of complexity (ethnic, cultural, religious) within the Arab societies, as well as the dynamics of relationships among diverse groups in history.

Explain the current cultural and political challenges facing Arab peoples.

Program

In the first part of the course the Classical Age of Arab History will be presented (some theoretical concept about power, religion, social institutution will be presented too). In the second part of the course Contemporary History of the Arab States will be analyzed. Students will be invited to apply the theoretical concepts to some concrete cases.


Part 1. Classical Age
1. Early Arab civilization
2. Arabs before and after Islam
3. The Caliphate and the Quran
4. From Tribe to Dynasty
5. From "Conquest State" to Islamic legitimization of power
6. Cities and deserts 
7. From Damascus to Baghdad to Cordoba
8. Dynasties and regions in the Abbaside Era
9. The fall of the Caliphate.

Part 2. Contemporary History
1. The Arabs in and outside the Ottoman Empire
2. Territorialization of the State and sedentarization
3. The studies about the role of "weak" areas in the Arab world 4. MENA History 1744-1881 5. MENA History 1881-1918 6. History of Arab Nationalism in the first half of XX c. 7. Arab independences before and after the IIWW 8. North Africa 1945-1978 9. Middle East 1945-1978 10. MENA since 1970's.

Bridging Courses

Students should have a basic knowledge of Ancient and Contemporary History.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

1. Knowledge and understanding: at the end of the course, students should demonstrate to have acquired knowledge about: Critically analyze the main historical political events in the Arab History; Critically analyze the main political and social institutions in the Arab History;

2. Applying knowledge and understanding: students should be able to apply theoretical concepts on some concrete cases proposed by the Professor. Methodically explain the main themes and issues that shaped the modern Arab Countries and are contemporarily at play;

3. Capacity of judgment: students should be able to properly discuss and compare the history of different Arab countries anche analyze the consequences of the competing and convergent interests of the different regional areas.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

The teaching material made available by the Professor can be found, together with other supporting activities, inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it (http://blended.uniurb.it) 


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Lessons, seminars, discussions. 

Attendance

Participation in at least three quarters of the lessons and practices. 

Course books

Student are requester to study:

1_ Biancamaria Scarcia Amoretti, Il mondo musulmano. Quindici secoli di storia, Carocci, Rome 2013.

2_Marcella Emiliani, Medio Oriente. Una storia dal 1918 al 1991,Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2014.

Students are requested to read:

1_ Olivier Roy, Islam alla sfida della laicità, Marsilio, Venezia 2008.

2_Giorgio Vercellin, Istituzioni del mondo musulmano, Einaudi PBE, Torino 2002 (only the Ist and the IVth parts).

Assessment

Oral examination. 

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

Study of texts.

Attendance

Study of texts.

Course books

Student are requester to study:

1_ Biancamaria Scarcia Amoretti, Il mondo musulmano. Quindici secoli di storia, Carocci, Roma 2013.

2_Giorgio Vercellin, Istituzioni del mondo musulmano, Einaudi PBE, Torino 2002 (only the Ist and the IVth parts).

3_ Marcella Emiliani, Medio Oriente. Una storia dal 1918 al 1991,Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2014 (2nd edition or more).

Students are requested to read:

- Olivier Roy, Islam alla sfida della laicità, Marsilio, Venezia 2008. 

Assessment

Oral examination. 

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