History of the Arab medieval world
Kamenskikh, Aleksey A.
- Medieval Islamic city: what was its specificum? What were the key principles of its existence?
- The significance and interconnection of travel and religion in the medieval Arabic world; how could the pilgrimage shape the society?
- The effects of trade, including slave trade, on Islamic society; why the paradigm of Orientalism doesn’t allow to understand this phenomenon adequately?
- Specifics of social categories of dependence in the medieval Middle East: how was it possible that some of the most powerful people in society, both men and women, were or had been slaves?
- What were the specific ways of existence and transition of scientific and technical practices in the medieval Arabic world?
- A student knows the main characteristics of the medieval Islamic city
- A student has an experience of analyzing of medieval Islamic society; understands how religious travelling could shape society
- A student owns the basic ideas on the effects of trade on medieval Islamic society
- A student understands especial characteristics of medieval Islamic society
- A student understands the ways of production and transition of knowledge in medieval Arabic world
- Section 1. The Medieval Islamic City- Introduction to the Islamic city; - Islamic city – historic myth, Islamic essence and contemporary relevance; - Hammam in the space of medieval Islamic city; - Hospitals in the medieval Islamic city
- Section 2. Travel and Religion in Arabic Medieval World- Hajj Darb Zuybada; - Minorities and different Islams; - Shrines and pilgrimage; - Jews in the Middle East and Europe; - Origins of the Schism
- Section 3. Trade- The Effects of Trade on Islamic Society; - Significance of porcelain trade; - Legal inventions connected with trade; - The slave trade in medieval Islamic world; - Trade in medieval Arabic world and modern Orientalism
- Section 4. Peculiar properties of slavery in medieval Arabic world- Harems: myths and reality; - Political Intercession at Court - The pen and the sword; - Mamluk army
- Section 5. Science:- Arabic Science; - Inventions of Islam scientists and engineers; - The travelling of medical knowledge; - The travel of a book (translation movement); - Philosophy in the Islamic World.
- Interim assessment (1 module)0.4 * Oral exam + 0.3 * The independent work: report on a given topic + 0.3 * Work on seminars
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