Culture and Civilization of Islam and the Arab World I

lglor1532  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Culture and Civilization of Islam and the Arab World I
3 credits
30.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2017-2018
De Callatay Godefroid; Ducène Jean-Charles (compensates De Callatay Godefroid);
Main themes
An introduction to the history of Classical Arabic literature.
Alternately with LGLOR1531, this course deals with the following themes:
- pre-Islamic poetry;
- philology and adab;
- historical literature;
- geographical literature;
- fringe poetry and neo-classicism;
- encyclopaedism and the organisation of knowledge;
- popular literature.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


At the end of this course, the student will acquire some formal knowledge of the referential background. He will be initiated to the scientific approach in the field of modern studies, and will acquire the heuristic skill of using the main instruments for the study of this domain (dictionaries, encyclopaedias, bibliographies, monographs and articles, on-line resources). He will be able to carry out personal research on definite topics in this field, and to write an essay of limited dimensions on one aspect of the history of Arabic literature.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
This course deals with the main currents in Arabo-Islamic literature, with special insistence on the encyclopedic thought and the organisation of knowledge in classical Islam. Each lecture is intended to form a coherent whole from the point of view of the theme of the course
Teaching methods
Though the course takes the form of lectures, it is intended to offer a large place to discussion. Each lecture will start with a systematic exchange of views on the imposed texts. The lectures also will provide the occasion for regular discussions on the state of  advancement of the individual researches. The course will be illustrated by the reading in translation of texts from the period.
Evaluation methods
An oral exam on the course matter and a discussion on the individual research work (around 2500 words on a  chosen subject  with relevance to the course). Continuous appreciation of the students' participation both in presentation and activities on Moodle.
Other information
Online resources
The server Moodle enables the student to obtain the detailed plan and the modalities of the course etc. It also offers an important aspect of imposed on-line activities.
Un «recueil de lectures» est fourni au début du cours. Il comprend :
- une bibliographie d'orientation étendue;
- les modalités relatives au travail de recherche;
- des articles et parties de monographies ou d'ouvrages collectifs, dont la lecture est imposée comme préalable aux séances.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in History

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Master [120] in Sciences of Religions

Minor in Arabic language and Islamic civilization

Minor in Medieval Studies

Minor in Literary Studies