History and Society of Islam and the Arab World II

lglor2533  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

History and Society of Islam and the Arab World II
5 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 religious and traditional thought in Islam.
Alternately with LGLOR2534, this course deals with the following themes:
- external consideration of Islam;
- Muhammad and the Koranic revelation;
- an outline of Koranic motives;
- Islam and its perception of the other communities;
- the religions of the Book according to Islam;
- the first ideological fragmentation (Siffîn and Karbalâ)
- Sunnism;
- Shi'a;
- Sufism.

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 religious and traditional thought in Islam.


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 aims to equip students at Master level, with the principal doctrinal elements of Islamic theology, with an outline of Islamic mysticism. It deals with the various currents and interpretations of Islam both as a religion and as a system of law, as well as the relations between Islam and the other religions and traditions.
Teaching methods
A mixture of lectures and seminars. Each lecture begins with an exchange of views on the texts read by the students. Each lecture will provide an opportunity to review the progress of the individual researches. Presentations will take be illustrated by texts from the classical period read in translation.
Evaluation methods
An oral exam on the course matter and a discussion  based on the bibliographical research (approximately 2500 words on a subject chosen for its relevancy to the course). An appreciation of the individual participation at the lectures and seminars and of  activity on iCampus.
Other information
Online resources
The iCampus server allows the student to access the detailed plan of the course. It also provides an important facet of imposed course work on-line.
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
Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Master [120] in History

Master [120] in Sciences of Religions

Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Oriental Studies

Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Master [60] in Political Sciences: General