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. This is why 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 Christian-Muslim relations. Please note that special students can follow courses of Islamic Studies and courses of Christian-Muslim relations independently of the Licentiate programme.

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 or 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 Christian-Muslim relations;
- to be able to utilize scientific tools that make possible the academic study of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations.

Arabic Language (36 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

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

Islamic Studies (First level) (18 ECTS)
The programme of Islamic Studies in the Introductory Year offers students an overview of Islam and a basic methodological formation for Islamic Studies. The programme is divided into 4 sections: History of the Islamic world up to the abolition of the Caliphate, the Qur’an, the Sunna and Methodology.

Muslim-Christian Relations (6 ECTS)
The Christian-Muslim relations courses of the Introductory Year offer a panoramic introduction to the history of relations between these communities.

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