L-OR/10 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Course Structure

The main method of teaching is “lecture-based” learning. During the course, primary sources, related to the topics, will also be read and discussed.

Detailed Course Content


The course aims to define the Shiʿite phenomenon as a religious tendency, a heretical minority, an opposition party and a political-philosophical ideology taking into consideration the most important historical crossroads up to our contemporary times. The concept of authority and the sources of authority as well as the major figures and the schools of thought up to the current doctrines and political groups will receive our attention.

Textbook Information

  1. L. Capezzone, M. Salati, L’islam sciita. Storia di una minoranza, Roma, Edizioni Lavoro, 2006, 435 p. (include bibliografia e indici), 20 cm.
  2. F. Sabahi, Storia dell’Iran, Milano, Bruno Mondatori, 2006, XX, 298 p. (include cronologia, glossario, nota bibliografica, indice), 17 cm.
  3. B. Scarcia Amoretti, Sciiti nel mondo, Roma, Jouvence, 2015, pp. 7-14, 73-265 pp., 21 cm.


Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

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All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

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