History and institutions of Muslim countries

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at providing students with a basic knowledge of the Islamic doctrine and institutions and of their evolution, and with an understanding of Islamic revivalism. The aim is also to provide them with the conceptual tools to understand and critically analise currents events taking place in the Middle east and to trasmit them an adequate terminology.
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-depth understanding 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

Lesson period
Second trimester
Lectures and presentations via MT
Course syllabus
basic notions, 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 Birth of al-Qaeda and its subsequent development, the Algerian civil war, the kashmiri issue, the Arab springs, Iran-Saudi relations, the Afghan crisis
Prerequisites for admission
Teaching methods
Lectures and presentations
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam 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
SPS/14 - ASIAN HISTORY AND INSTITUTIONS - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Giunchi Elisa Ada