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.

Arabic Language (40 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
• Islamic and Christian religious texts
• Dictation and conversation
• Linguistic laboratory

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

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

Muslim-Christian Relations (4 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
2. Academic Writing and Research (Christopher Clohessy)
Teaching language: English

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

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