Units of Study

ARIS1672 - Arab-Islamic Civilisation: Introduction

Semester 2, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Lucia Sorbera


This unit focuses on Arab and Islamic Learning, Spirituality and Art. Themes include: The scope of classical Arabic learning: Qur'anic studies and Prophetic traditions, the Hellenistic legacy in Arabic learning, Islamic philosophy and sciences, geographical writings and historiography, issues in Islamic theology, role of scholars, the concept of knowledge; contribution of Arabic-speaking Christian scholars to classical Arab intellectual life; Islamic asceticism, mysticism and the Sufi orders; Arab and Islamic aesthetics: religious and secular art, architectural design and decoration, the role of calligraphy, geometry and arabesque.


1x2000wd essay (40%), 1x class presentation (20%), 1x2hr final exam (40%)


Course readings and bibliography will be available


1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


ARIS1001 or ARIS1671

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