Actual Issues of Studying History of Islam
- to introduce students to Islamic studies as a special part of humanities, which combines Asian studies, national, and global history
- to analyze with students the main tendencies, theories, and methods of modern Islamic studies
- to analyze some of the most important sources on the history of Islam and on its study in Europe, the USA and Russia, considering the knowledge and skills acquired by students while studying the courses on global and Russian history in the frames of the bachelor's programme. Conceptually the subject is based upon the ideas of postcolonial theory and the new imperial history
- Acquaintance with the history of the early Islam, its main concepts and key terms
- Acquaintance with the main schools of Islamic studies, their critical review in postcolonial theory, discussions about the main trajectory of the subject in the modern world
- Visualization of Islam as a problem of historical research. The main approaches and methods of studying Islam and Muslim communities. Acquaintance with the concept of Orientalism and its main critics
- Consistent understanding and distinction of the concepts of the Muslim spiritual elite (ulama) and the clergy in the history of Islam, including categories, specialization, social functions of ulama
- Acquaintance with transnational web of hajj pilgrimage and its role in the context of imperialism
- Ability to properly apply modern methods for analyzing sources on Islamic reformism
- Understanding of the ambiguous approaches towards women in Islam. Acquaintance with the intra-Muslim debates on the topic of Islamic feminism
- Acquaintance with the main approaches to the history of Russian Islam
- participation in seminarsBefore every seminar, the whole group should read the text enlisted in the basic literature (V=25-35 pages). During the seminar students discuss this text, answer the questions preliminarily prepared by moderator of the seminar discussion, ask their own questions, and comment the text.
- guiding the discussion at the seminarsEach student will be once appointed to guide the seminar discussion. Appointed student prepares in advance a list of 3-4 questions for the discussion, which he sends to the rest of the group and the teacher no later than 3 days before the seminar. At the beginning of the seminar, this student gives the comments on the text, talk about the author of the text, evaluate his place in historiography. Afterwards this student asks his groupmates the questions about the content of the text, comments on their answers and generally encourages the discussion.
- Final examOral exam. The examination paper consists of 2 questions, which covers the content of the program's educational materials discussed in lectures and seminars. The students have 45 minutes to prepare their answers and make some general notes for further oral examination. After the preparation all students should present their answers to examinator. The students could get 1-2 additional questions, if they cannot answer properly one or both questions in their examination paper.