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    In this course you will find out that the Arabic Medieval World was diverse, advanced and connected.

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    In this course you will learn that knowledge travels between cultures and that the Arabic Medieval World influenced the world as we know it today.

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Beginnen Sie sofort und lernen Sie in Ihrem eigenen Tempo.

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Ca. 13 Stunden zum Abschließen

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Englisch

Untertitel: Englisch, Spanisch

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Woche
1
1 Stunde zum Abschließen

Welcome to this Course

Great that you are joining us! In this course you will learn about the Cosmopolitan Medieval Arabic World. Before you start with the course we invite you to first go through this module and introduce yourself in the forum to meet your fellow learners. If you encounter any difficulties while studying, please let us know in the forum. For technical difficulties or questions regarding the course certificate, you can always contact the Coursera Learner Helpdesk. Good luck & we hope you will enjoy this course!

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1 Video (Gesamt 5 min), 6 Lektüren
1 Video
6 Lektüren
Meet the instructor & her team5m
Welcome to Leiden University5m
How to subscribe for J-stor5m
Complete our small survey5m
Community Guidelines & Academic Toolkit10m
Study tips for online learning5m
4 Stunden zum Abschließen

The Medieval Islamic City

In this Module we will examine the Islamic City. We will discuss if such a thing as "the Islamic city" exists. If so, what are the features that we are looking for ? We will also focus on specific examples of cities in the Medieval Middle East, most notably Baghdad. How was it possible that Baghdad grew to the size that it did? And what role did hygiene and medical care for instance play in that growth?

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2 Videos (Gesamt 15 min), 6 Lektüren, 3 Quiz
2 Videos
The Hammam7m
6 Lektüren
Podcast explained2m
Introduction to the Islamic City30m
Islamic City - Historic Myth, Islamic Essence and Contemporary Relevance45m
Hospitals30m
Further Reading
Source Material: Medical commentary10m
3 praktische Übungen
Islamic - Historic Myth, Contemporary Relevance5m
The Medieval Islamic City15m
Arabic versus Greek10m
Woche
2
5 Stunden zum Abschließen

Travel & Religion

In this Module we will focus on diversity and connection by looking at religion. We will explore Medieval society and zoom in on the fact that many different religions and religious views coexisted. We will see that different religions shared practices. Sometimes they would even worship in the same place. But we will also show examples of tension and the interaction between politics and religion. Furthermore we will try to find out how religious travelling shaped society.

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4 Videos (Gesamt 30 min), 8 Lektüren, 3 Quiz
4 Videos
Minorities and different Islams8m
Shrines7m
Amulets (on location Volkenkunde Museum)6m
8 Lektüren
Podcast Explained2m
Source Material: Photos of Snouck15m
Jews in the Middle East and Europe1h
Origins of the Schism25m
Optional reading: Western Arabia in the Leiden Collections10m
Further Reading
Travelling to Jerusalem20m
Visiting Al-Haram al-Sharif10m
3 praktische Übungen
Muslim - Jewish relations15m
Religion15m
The Ascent to Heaven5m
Woche
3
5 Stunden zum Abschließen

Trade

In this module we will take a look at trade. For the Medieval Middle East, trade was immensely important and it owed much of its wealth and prosperity to trade. There are the romantic images of caravans carrying lush fabrics, porcelain and gold along the desert roads of the silk route. And there is the dark side of a flourishing slave trade. But how correct are our images of what the Islamic or Arab world was and is like? Why is it that many people know about harems and very few people know about the legal innovations that enabled trade that we will also discuss in this module? To explore that question further we will introduce you to the concept of Orientalism.

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5 Videos (Gesamt 33 min), 7 Lektüren, 5 Quiz
5 Videos
Porcelain3m
Legal Inventions7m
The Slave Trade8m
Orientalism7m
7 Lektüren
Podcast explained2m
The travelling of Goods and Ideas: Vikings & Dirhams15m
Udovitch - Legal Innovations45m
Muslim Slaves in Early Modern Europe: A Forgotten History of Slavery10m
Optional reading: Slave Traders and Karimi Merchants during the Mamluk Period: A Comparative Study .1h
Further Reading
Focusing on 19th Century Orientalist Views10m
4 praktische Übungen
Legal Innovations5m
Trade & Orientalism15m
Naked versus Veiled5m
Orientalist or not?
Woche
4
6 Stunden zum Abschließen

Power Play

In the last Module we introduced the slave trade in the Medieval Middle East. In this module we will further explore slavery. How was it possible that some of the most powerful people in society, both men and women, were or had been slaves? We will discuss the outrage that followed professor Jonathan Brown's views on slavery and Islam. And with the concept of Orientalism in mind, we will try to sketch a more realistic picture of Harems.

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3 Videos (Gesamt 24 min), 7 Lektüren, 3 Quiz
3 Videos
The Pen and the Sword8m
What made the Mamluk army possible and when did it change?8m
7 Lektüren
Podcast explained2m
Optional: Shajarat al-Durr20m
Political Intercession at Court45m
The Pen and the Sword45m
Optional: Mamluks through European Eyes40m
Further Reading10m
Jonathan Brown's view on Slavery30m
2 praktische Übungen
Political Intercession at Court5m
Power Play15m
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Top reviews from The Cosmopolitan Medieval Arabic World

von MIJan 31st 2019

Great course with a wide array of materials that allowed me to understand better the important of Arab influence in Europe and worldwide.

von SMJan 30th 2019

I love this class! It gives me easy access to a wealth of information I wasn't taught in school, and it's the perfect pacing for me.

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Prof. dr. Petra Sijpesteijn

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