Cultural history of the Mediterranean

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-OR/10
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to enable participants to understand the notion of the Mediterranean and to compare and assess different approaches to this cultural and intellectual area through the ages. The course aims to provide students with a general comprehension of the Arabo-Islamic culture in the Mediterranean and its links to the European intellectual and cultural history. The course educational activities include lectures and seminars.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
- systematic knowledge of the fundamental aspects of the history of the Mediterranean and the Arabo-Islamic civilization from middle ages to early modern period.
- understanding of the relationships connecting the European intellectual and cultural history to the Mediterranean.
- proficient knowledge of the bibliographic resources and methodological tools.
- understanding of the historical meaning of the texts (also in their original language) and the transformations of traditions and concepts over time
- understanding of the various interpretations of texts analyzed in different chronological, cultural and linguistic contexts
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
- ability to apply the knowledge acquired in framing authors and texts historically.
- ability to apply soundly and adequately the understanding of concepts and argumentative forms to the analysis of complex texts and problems.
- ability to master the methodological resources and bibliographic tools and to situate their own research into a wide and multi-disciplinary framework.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Teaching methods
The lessons will be held on the Microsoft Teams platform and can be followed both synchronously based on the timetable of the first quarter and asynchronously as they will be recorded and uploaded on the online platform. Relevant information about how to join the classes on Microsoft Teams and other instructions will be available on the ARIEL website of the course. Please browse it regularly.
The course will alternate and combine lectures, seminar teaching and text analysis. Classes may include pre-recorded components.

Course syllabus and teaching resources
The course program is unchanged. However, the specific contents of classes will adapt to the teaching methods outlined above.
Teaching materials are unchanged. Attending students must refer to all the lessons, materials and resources published in the online course, in addition to the bibliography already reported in the program

Assessment methods and criteria
Assessments methods and criteria are unchanged: the oral exam will be taken either in class or through Microsoft Teams, depending on the rules in force at that time.
Course syllabus
Course topic: The Mediterranean and Islam

Teaching module A: Mediterranean in history: themes and problems
Teaching module B: Islamic Mediterranean (Middle Ages: 7th-15th centuries)
Teaching module C: Cultures in the Norman and Swabian Kingdom of Sicily

6 ECTS: Teaching modules A + B
9 ECTS: Teaching modules A + B + C

Course presentation
The course aims to address the issues and problems of the historiographical debate about the idea of the Mediterranean (module A), with a focus on the Islamic presence in the medieval Mediterranean (module B) and particularly on different cultures in the Norman and Swabian Kingdom of Sicily (module C). Exercises and additional educational activities are planned.
Prerequisites for admission
No prerequisites for admission, although a general knowledge of philology and history of the Middle Ages, in particular on Mediterranean cultures, acquired during the undergraduate degree program allows a better understanding of the methodology of analysis of the various topics.
Teaching methods
Lectures
Debate and discussion
Group work
Online discussion
e-tivites
Teaching Resources
Program of the exam for both attending and no-attending students (6 ECTS: Teaching modules A + B; 9 ECTS: Teaching modules A + B + C):

Teaching module A
Fernand Braudel (ed.), Il Mediterraneo. Lo spazio e la storia, gli uomini e la tradizione, trad. it Milano, Bompiani, 1987.
David Abulafia, Il Grande Mare. Storia del Mediterraneo, trad. it. Milano, Mondadori, 2013.

Teaching module B
Leonardo Capezzone, Medioevo arabo. Una storia dell'islam medievale (VII-XV secolo), Milano, Mondadori, 2016.
Konrad Hirschler, Leggere e scrivere nell'Islam medievale, trad. it. Roma, Carocci, 2017.

Teaching module C
Salvatore Tramontana, Il Regno di Sicilia. Uomo e natura dell'XI al XIII secolo, Torino, Einaudi, 1999.
Fulvio Delle Donne, Cultura alla corte di Federico II di Svevia, Roma, Carocci, 2019.


NB: Non-attending students must add to the program two books (one book for 6 ECTS) of their choice from those indicated below, agreeing them in advance with the teacher:

GENERAL MATTERS
Amedeo Feniello, Alessandro Vanoli, Storia del Mediterraneo in 20 oggetti, Bari, Roma, Laterza, 2018.
Predrag Matvejevic, Mediterraneo. Un nuovo breviario, trad. it. Milano, Garzanti, 1993 (e successive ristampe).
Gli ideali del Mediterraneo, a cura di Georges Duby, Messina, Mesogea, 2000.

ANCIENT HISTORY
Cyprian Broodbank, Il Mediterraneo. Dalla preistoria alla nascita del mondo classico, trad. it. Torino, Einaudi, 2015.
Michel Gras, Il Mediterraneo nell'età arcaica, trad. it. Paestum, Fondazione Paestum, 1997.
Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Lorenzo Braccesi, Mare greco. Eroi ed esploratori nel Mediterraneo antico, Mondadori, Milano, 2007.
François Hartog, Memoria di Ulisse. Racconti sulla frontiera nell'antica Grecia, Torino, Einaudi, 2002.

MEDIEVAL HISTORY
Shelomo Dov Goitein, Ebrei e arabi nella storia, Roma, Jouvence, 2002.
Ch. Picard, Il mare dei califfi. Storia del Mediterraneo musulmano (secoli VII-XII), trad. it. Roma, Carocci, 2017.
Bernard Lewis, I musulmani alla scoperta dell'Europa, trad. it. Milano, Rizzoli, 2005.
Norman Daniel, Gli arabi e l'Europa nel Medio Evo, trad. it. Bologna, Il Mulino, 2007.
Shelomo Dov Goitein, Una società mediterranea. Storia di una comunità ebraica del Medioevo in uno stato musulmano. Il contesto sociale, politico, culturale e religioso attraverso i documenti di uno straordinario ritrovamento, trad. it. Milano, Bompiani, 2002.
Charles H. Haskins, Il Rinascimento del XII secolo, trad. it. Roma, Castelvecchi, 2015.
Italia euro-mediterranea nel Medioevo: testimonianze di scrittori arabi, a cura di Maria Giovanna Stasolla, Bologna, Pàtron, 1983.
Eliana Creazzo, 'En Sesile est un mons mout grans'. La Sicilia medievale fra storia e immaginario letterario (XI-XIII sec.), Soveria Mannelli, Rubettino, 2006.
María Rosa Menocal, Principi, poeti e visir. Un esempio di convivenza pacifica tra musulmani, ebrei e cristiani, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 2003.
Alessandro Vanoli, La Spagna delle tre culture. Ebrei, cristiani e musulmani tra storia e mito, Roma, Viella, 2006.
Bartolomeo Pirone, Infedeli. I cristiani sotto il dominio dell'islam, da Maometto al XX secolo, Milano, Ed. Terra Santa, 2019.
Houari Touati, Biblioteche di saggezza. Libro e collezionismo nell'Islam, trad. it. Milano, Sylvestre Bonnard, 2006.
Maria Serena Mazzi, Il viaggio nel Medioevo, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016.
Duccio Balestracci, Terre ignote, strana gente. Storie di viaggiatori medievali, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2008.

MODERN HISTORY
Fernand Braudel, Civiltà e imperi del Mediterraneo nell'età di Filippo II, 2 voll., trad. it. Torino, Einaudi, 1982.
Salvatore Bono, Schiavi. Una storia mediterranea (XVI-XIX secolo), Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016.
Bartholomé e Lucile Benassar, I Cristiani di Allāh. La straordinaria epopea dei convertiti all'islamismo nei secoli XVI e XVII, Milano, Rizzoli, 1991.
Giovanna Fiume, Schiavitù mediterranee. Corsari, rinnegati e santi in età moderna, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 2009.
Gennaro Varriale, Arrivano li turchi. Guerra navale e spionaggio nel Mediterraneo (1532-1582), Novi Ligure, Città del silenzio, 2014.
Bruno Pomara Saverino, Rifugiati. I moriscos e l'Italia, Firenze, Firenze University Press, 2017.
Lucette Valensi, Stranieri familiari. Musulmani in Europa (XVI-XVIII secolo), Torino, Einaudi, 2013.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam. The exam is an interview about the texts in the program, aimed at verifying that the examinee has understood the relationships connecting the European intellectual and cultural history to the Mediterranean and has acquired a solid knowledge of the information acquired through the texts and the course. Non-attending students must agree on the program with the teacher.

Warning
National and international or Erasmus incoming students are invited to promptly contact the teacher in charge of the course.
The examination procedures for students with disabilities and/or with SpLD must be agreed with the teacher, in coordination with the competent Office.
Unita' didattica A
L-OR/10 - HISTORY OF ISLAMIC COUNTRIES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-OR/10 - HISTORY OF ISLAMIC COUNTRIES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-OR/10 - HISTORY OF ISLAMIC COUNTRIES - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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