2° year of licentiate

The 2nd Year programme presupposes that students will have already acquired a facility in reading and in understanding Arabic. The aim, therefore, is to deepen and enrich their knowledge of certain fundamental aspects of Muslim culture and religious thought. The programme comprises the study of fundamental topics and the completion of the concluding thesis:

1. Arabic literature (BE)
2. Arabic Media (Adnane Mokrani)
3. Vocalization (Adnane Mokrani)
4. Christian texts (Antoine Dagher)

The courses in Islamic Studies in the 2nd Year, given in seminar format, help the student to tackle directly texts from original sources in Arabic. The students familiarize themselves with the forms of expression in the different Islamic sciences, each with its specific vocabulary.

1. Sunna (Adnane Mokrani)
2. Modern Qur’anic Commentary (Francesco Zannini)
3. Islamic Historiography (Bartolomeo Pirone)
4. Shi’ism (Dennis Halft)
5. Islamic Ethics (Andrew Lane)
6. Islamic Law (Gianluca Parolin)
7. Islamic Theology (Michel Younès)
8. Sufism (Jason Welle)
9. Arab-Christian Apologetics (Pierre Masri)
10. Contemporary Arab-Muslim Thought (Wasim Salman)

The programme of study also comprises the following two courses:

1. Modern Trends in Islam (Tamara Sonn)
Teaching language: English
2. Islam in Asia: History and Contemporary Issues (Thomas Michel)
Teaching language: English

The course on Contemporary Islam can be followed independently of the Licentiate programme.

The courses of Modern Trends in Islam and Islam in Asia: History and Contemporary Issues can be followed independently of the Licentiate programme.

Licentiate Thesis
The thesis concludes the two-year course of study for obtaining the Licentiate. It consists of a scientific monograph on an original topic of Islamic Studies. Such a scientific monograph should make a real contribution, however modest, to furthering knowledge in the Islamic science studied. This, therefore, excludes the repeating of subjects already studied by others or the simple reviewing of studies already conducted on the chosen topic. This ‘original topic’ indicates a new subject or the updating of a subject already studied by others. The requirements of PISAI state that the thesis must include the annotated translation of an Arabic text, which has not yet been translated, together with a commentary on that text. In this way, students will demonstrate their ability to understand and translate an Arabic text and to produce a piece of work conducted scientifically with regard to content, methodology and style.
The choice of the Arabic text will be made in harmony with a moderator who will closely follow the development of the writing of the thesis. The defence will take place in the presence of and with the adjudication of the moderator and of a second reader.

The programme of study also comprises a course on the methodology for research in Islamic Studies (Celeste Intartaglia)
Teaching language: Italian



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