introductory year (60 ECTS)

This is offered to students who have no previous knowledge of the Arabic language or 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 programme of studies: the Arabic language as an important tool for understanding, from within, Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian relations.

The Introductory Year attempts to build specific theoretical and practical skills which are evidenced by the achievement of educational objectives. Expressed in terms of learning outcomes, these are the following:
- to know the basic concepts of written literary Arabic (morphology, syntax, and verbs) that permit the student to understand simple texts of a literary and religious nature;
- to acquire the phonetic concepts that permit a student to read Arabic texts correctly;
- to acquire a basic vocabulary of Islamic religious terminology;
- to possess a panoramic historical overview of the history of the Islamic world in its various expressions;
- to know the fundamental concepts of the Qur’ān and the Sunna;
- to possess a panoramic overview of the history of Muslim-Christian relations;
- to be able to utilize scientific tools that make possible the academic study of Islam and Muslim-Christian relations.

Arabic Language (38 ECTS)
The annual programme is divided into three parts:

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

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

Second semester:
• Grammar (morphology, syntax, verbs, exercises)
• Reading and comprehension of literary texts
• Dictation and conversation 
• Linguistic laboratory
• Islamic texts
• Christian texts

Islamic Studies (15 ECTS)
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.
Teaching languages: Italian and English

1. History of the Islamic World I (Celeste Intartaglia)
Teaching language: Italian
2. Introduction to the Qur’an (Christopher Clohessy)
Teaching language: English
3. History of the Islamic World II (Celeste Intartaglia)
Teaching language: Italian
4. Introduction to the Sunna (Jason Welle)
Teaching language: English
5. History of the Islamic World III (Celeste Intartaglia)
Teaching language: Italian

Muslim-Christian Relations (6 ECTS)
The History of Muslim-Christian Relations (Christopher Clohessy)

This course introduces students to the history of Muslim-Christian Relations, from the beginning of Islam to the present day. It is based on historical and modern texts and texts and documents from the Catholic Magisterium and from the Muslim world on Muslim-Christian dialogue.
Teaching language: English

Methodology (1 ECTS)
1. Methodology for Scientific Research I (Celeste Intartaglia)
Teaching language: Italian

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



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