introductory year

This is offered to students who have no previous knowledge of the Arabic language nor Islamic Studies or who have only an elementary knowledge. The preparatory course seeks to offer students an immersion into the essence of the Institute’s study programme: the Arabic language as an important tool for understanding, from the inside, Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Dialogue.

The yearly programme is divided into three parts:

Preliminaries (first two weeks):
•    Alphabet
•    Exercises (composition and reading of single words)

First semester
•    Grammar and exercises (verbs, morphology and syntax)
•    Reading and comprehension of literary texts
•    Dictation and conversation

Second semester
•    Grammar and exercises (verbs, morphology and syntax)
•    Linguistic laboratory
•    Dictation and conversation
•    Islamic and Christian Texts

The programme of Islamic Studies in the Introductory Year offers students an overview of Islamic history up to the abolition of the Caliphate and a first introduction to Islam’s fundamental sources, namely, the Qur’an and the Sunna.
Languages for teaching: Italian and English.

1. Methodology for Scientific Research (Celeste Intartaglia)
2. History of the Islamic World I: The Birth of Islam and the Founding of the Caliphate (Celeste Intartaglia)
3. Introduction to the Qur’an (Christopher Clohessy)
4. History of the Islamic World II: The Abbasid Caliphate, Regional Powers and Islamization (Celeste Intartaglia)
5. Introduction to the Sunna (Jason Welle)
6. History of the Islamic World III: The Supranational Empires and the Abolition of the Caliphate (Celeste Intartaglia)

History of Muslim-Christian Dialogue (Michel Saghbiny)

This course introduces students to the history of Muslim-Christian Dialogue, from the beginning of Islam to the present day. It s based on historical and modern texts and texts and documents from the Catholic Magisterium and from the Muslim world on Muslim-Christian dialogue. Language for teaching: Italian

The programme of study also comprises an introductory course on Academic Writing and Research (Thomas Michel)
Language for teaching: English

The Islamic Studies courses and those on Muslim-Christian Relations can be followed independently of the Licentiate programme.



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