Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Islam and Mediaeval Christendom

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oriental Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit discusses the encounters that took place between Mediaeval Christendom and Islam. These encounters were not limited to the battlefield, but took place even more so at the heart of Mediaeval European culture and education. From the religious perspective they also brought about the development of apologetical texts. It is within this context that one should view the development of literary, scientific, theological and philosophical thought in the principal universities of Europe.

Study-unit Aims

1. To provide a wider background to the encounter of Christians and Muslims in the Mediaeval Period.
2. To aid towards a better appreciation of the development of Mediaeval thought both in its roots as well as in its contribution to modern society.
3. To train students to read mediaeval texts regarding Christian-Muslim encounters within their respective contexts.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Become familiar with events and characters in Christian-Muslim encounters during the Mediaeval Period;
Appreciate the role of Islamic thought as an interlocutor with the Mediaeval Scholastic movement.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Read and comprehend Christian and Muslim scholars’ assessment of each other;
View the encounter between Islam and Mediaeval Christendom not only as one of conflict, but also as one of dialogue.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

- Norman DANIEL, Islam and the West: The Making of an Image, Oneworld Publications (reprint edition), 2009.
- Richard FLETCHER, The Cross and the Crescent, Penguin Publishing, 2004
- J.M. GAUDEUL, Encounters and Clashes: Islam and Christianity in History, PISAI, Rome 1985
- Dominique Iogna-Prat, Order and Exclusion, Cornell University Press, Ithaca 2002
- R.W. SOUTHERN, Western Views on Islam in the Middle Ages, Harvard University Press, 1978


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph Ellul

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