L-OR/10 - 9 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

knowledge and understandig: Provide interpretations of the cultural evolution and the history of Islam as a religion, social institutions and values in Islamic countries.

applying knowledge and understanding: Studying and analysing the history of Islam and the cultural aspects that characterize the Arab peoples, the student acquires knowledge of this civilization, which facilitates his relationship with others and facilitates the field work of those who engage in the activity of cultural mediation.

making judgement: The ability to analyse text during the research and preparation of presentations during the course are a stimulus that strengthens the autonomy of the student's judgment.

communication skills: Through active participation during the lectures, seminars and presentations, students will acquire confidence, that strengthens its ability to communicate.

learning skills: Stimulating the curiosity of the student through cultural subjects such as Islam, gives graduates the ability to interact in cultural issues

Course Structure

- Frontal lessons
- Seminars
- presentations

Detailed Course Content

The first part of the course is related to the period of the rise of Islam, its spread, the divisions between Sunni and Shi‘ah, Sufi and brotherhoods, the Qur’an and the šari‘a as a sources of Islamic law, the various schools of religious thought.

The second part focuses on the institutional aspects, the caliphates, the great empires and their geopolitical impact; the third and final part deals with the colonial event, its effects in Islamic countries and the peoples' struggle to independence.

Textbook Information


  1. C. Lo Jacono, Storia del mondo islamico (VII-XVI secolo): 1 Torino: Einaudi, 2004.
  2. A. Bausani, L’Islam. Una religione, un’etica, una prassi politica, Milano: Garzanti, 1980.
  3. A. Ventura, Il Corano, Mondadori, 2010.
  4. C. De Angelo, S. Fontana, S. Lagdaf. (a cura di), CONFLITTI DI GENERE. Società, religione e cultura, Lugano (CH): Agorà & Co, ISBN: 978-88-97461-87-6. , 2017.


Documents and bibliographies for further study will be indicated during the course.

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