Muslims and non-Muslims

Faculteit Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode THMMNME5
Vaknaam Muslims and non-Muslims
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Muslims and non-Muslims: The Emergence of the Islamic State in the Late Antiquity
Leerdoelen Understanding of the origins of Islam as religion, community and polity, particularly the interaction between "Islamic" institutions and pre-Islamic ones. Students will gain working knowledge of key concepts used in early texts describing the relationship between "Muslims" and others.
Omschrijving A common explanation for the rise of Islam is that it filled the vacuum left by the decaying Roman and Sasanian empires. But, in addition to allusions to the Byzantines (Rūm), the Qur'ān also knows of the Christological controversies of the 5th century that shaped the Christian groups that, in the 7th century, would come under Arab/Muslim rule. It also mentions various religious officials and structures (monks - rabbis - churches - synagogues - etc.), and comments on distinctions between settled and nomadic lifestyles.Assuming the first core seminar and building upon it, this course explores the rise of Islam in the context of late antiquity and examines the ways in which Islam adopted, challenged, and changed pre-existing political-religious structures and discourses. Topics to be covered include the formative moments in the shaping of the nascent ‘Islamic’ identity, the shift from emperor to caliph (including the significance of his various titles: imam, amir al-mu’minin, etc.), including administrative details (such as taxation), the protection (dhimma) afforded the Peoples of the Book, the nature of asabiyya (group-feeling) in cities, country and desert, the discourse surrounding ‘Arabness’ and tribal identity, the tension between mu’min and muslim.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm werkgroepen
Toetsvorm paper/presentation and/or written examination
Vaksoort master
Docent(en) C.E. Wilde, PhD.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Literature will be announced later.
Opmerkingen Research master students, have a different course code:THRMMNME5. For these students there will be formulated an extra assignment.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Exchange programme: mastermodules 1 semester I b keuzegroep
Ma Programme Religion and Pluralism, Ancient and Modern  (Ancient) 1 semester I b verplicht
Ma Programme Theology and Religious Studies (Research) 2 semester I b keuzegroep
Ma Programme Theology and Religious Studies (Research) 1 semester I b keuzegroep