L-OR/10 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

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Learning Objectives

The course aims to offer instruments of knowledge and understanding of the political and social processes that have characterized the Muslim world, the Arab–Muslim world in particular, from the nineteenth century up to the contemporary age.

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 includes two modules.

After the main stages of the history of Mediterranean Africa and the Middle East from the French invasion of Egypt (1798) to the first half of the twentieth century, in the first module space will be given to the definition of the different types of European imperialism, to the birth of the political ideologies and reformisms.

In the second module the affirmation of the nation-states and nationalism in its diverse declinations will be considered. Furthermore, attention will be given to the diverse forms of power in the Arab–Islamic world and the main conflicts in the area that emerged over the course of the twentieth century.

Textbook Information

  1. M. Campanini, Storia del Medio Oriente, 1798-2006, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2008, 258 p. (include cronologia, letture consigliate, indice).
  2. M. Campanini, Il pensiero islamico contemporaneo, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2009, 202 p. (include indice).
  3. A. Pellitteri, Introduzione allo studio della storia contemporanea del Mondo arabo, Roma-Bari, Editori Laterza, 2008, 208 p. (include indice).
  4. B. Scarcia Amoretti, Il mondo musulmano. Quindici secoli di storia, Roma, Carocci, 2013, pp. 163-264.


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