Actual Issues of Studying History of Islam
- to introduce students to Islamic studies as a special part of humanities, which is at the confluence of 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.
- - Knowledge of the schools of colonial Islamic studies, their critical review in postcolonial theory, discussions about the main trajectory of the subject in the modern world and Russia.
- - Visualization of Islam as a problem of historical research. The main approaches and methods of studying visual sources related to Islam and Muslim communities, features of visual propaganda for Muslims
- - Knowledge of sources and approaches to the history of Islamization of the peripheral Muslim communities. The particularity of the traditional Muslim regions of Russia and the Near Abroad (post-Soviet countries). The ability to apply research methodology of cultural memory to Islamic studies.
- - Knowledge of approaches to the political history of Islam. The understanding of the significance of the discourses of Caliphate for the socio-political development of the early medieval and modern Muslim communities. Features of the protest movements for the Caliphate and Imamah. The ability to apply discursive analysis and approaches of political anthropology to sources on political history of Islam.
- - Knowledge of the practices of violence, legalized by Islam, and their transformation over the past three centuries as a reaction of Muslims to (post)colonial globalization. The ability to apply discursive and network analysis to the study of jihad movements.
- - 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 the ulama in Muslim communities, their dissimilarity from the clergy in different currents of Christianity
- - Understanding of how Islamic studies contributes to evolution of humanities
- - The understanding of the unity and diversity of religious doctrine and religious practices, the syncretism in the history of Islam, the orientalists' fascination to study the "Muslim sects" for evolution of the Islamic studies. The ability to analyze these topics, considering up-to-date methods of the Islamic studies and humanities, including the analysis of networks and practices
- - The ability to properly apply modern methods for analyzing sources on Sufism and on the cult of Saints in Islam
- - The ability to apply approaches and methods of history and legal anthropology to Muslim regulatory sources
- 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.