The aim of the course is to provide students with tools for acquiring knowledge and understanding of Shiʿism, a religious and political minority of Islam which, today, in its variant Twelver Shiʽism, is prevalent in Iran, but which is also followed, with different percentages, in the Arab Muslim world (e.g. Iraq, Bahrain, Lebanon, Kuwait, UAE). Knowing its history, students will be able both to place properly the Shiʿite phenomenon in the complex picture of contemporary Islamic world and in the international arena, and to think, with critical tools, over the Sunni-Shiʿite conflict narrative.
The main method of teaching is “lecture-based” learning. During the course, primary sources, related to the topics, will also be read and discussed.
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.
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All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.