LJ407 The Arabian World in Antiquity and Early Middle Ages I

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020

The course is not taught in Autumn 2020

Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Teacher(s)
doc. PhDr. Jarmila Bednaříková, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Jarmila Bednaříková, CSc.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Prerequisites
! LJMgrB25 The Arabians in Antiquity I
No special requirements, yet the completion of the courses concerning the history of Ancient world is recommended.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
there are 12 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
The course provides students with an insight into the development of the Arabic world, describes its society and the institutions of the Caliphate in East and West, and deals with the old Arabic religion and the early history of Islam.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will:
- be able to explain the oldest development of the Arabic world and the ways in which it was influenced by other states of ancient Middle East, Hellenization, Romanization, as well as Christianization of the Arabs.
- be acquainted with the pre-Islamic Arabic deities and be able to independently assess the complicated roots of the Arabic and later Muslim civilization, as well as to compare these to the European Christian civilization.
- recognize the close bonds of the Arabic world to other ancient civilizations and see it in the context of the whole ancient history .
- be acquainted with the contribution of Arabic science and technology for medieval Europe.
- be able to describe the main ideological movements forming the early Islam and its basic ethical and social values.
Syllabus
  • 1) The nature of the Arabian peninsula. Sources referring to the Arabic history.
  • 2) The earliest kingdoms in the southern Arabia, especially Saba and Ma'in, their government, society, and economy.
  • 3) The Arabic tribes as described in the Assyrian and Egyptian sources as well as in Bible.
  • 4) The oldest known pantheon of Arabic deities.
  • 5) The Arabs as reported by ancient authors (from historian Herodotus onwards).
  • 6) The Nabataean Kingdom, its Hellenization and Romanization.
  • 7) Romanization and Christianization of Arabs in the provinces of Eastern Roman Empire.
  • 8) Arabs as Roman foederati, their role in Roman administration and army.
  • 9) The Ghassanids and the Lakhmids as the allies of Roman and Persian Empires.
  • 10) The oldest Arabic poetry, tribal morals and life in the Hejaz before the rise of Islam.
  • 11) Muhammmad, his life and activities. The foundation of Muslim Ummah.
  • 12) The relationships of the oldest Muslims to Jews, Christians, and “pagans”.
Literature
    required literature
  • Judaismus, křesťanství, islám : slovník (Variant.) : Slovník : judaismus, křesťanství, islám. info
  • BEDNAŘÍKOVÁ, Jarmila, Zdeněk MĚŘÍNSKÝ and Aleš HOMOLA. Stěhování národů a východ Evropy (The great migration of people and the East of Europe). I. Praha: Vyšehrad, 2006. 525 pp. Hitorica. ISBN 80-7021-787-1. info
  • OLIVERIUS, Jaroslav. Svět klasické arabské literatury. Edited by Dagmar Procházková. Vyd. 1. Brno: Atlantis, 1995. 386 s. ISBN 8071081094. info
  • PAULINY, Ján. Objevení Arábie :[první kroky do východní Afriky]. 1. české vyd. Praha: Panorama, 1990. 228 s., [1. ISBN 80-7038-129-9. info
    recommended literature
  • Christentum und Weltreligionen - Islam (Orig.) : Křesťanství a islám : na cestě k dialogu. info
  • R. Veselý. Dějiny arabských zemí. Praha 1972.
  • MENDEL, Miloš. Dar al-Islam, Dar al-harb and Hijra: Classical Paradigms in Modern Arab World. In Drulák, Petr; Moravcová, Šárka. Non-Western Reflection on Politics. první. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2013. p. 123–141, 19 pp. Peter Lang Edition. ISBN 978-3-631-64354-9. info
  • BEČKA, Jiří and Miloš MENDEL. Islám a české země. 1. vyd. Olomouc: Votobia, 1998. 231 pp. ISBN 80-7220-034-8. info
  • DENNY, Frederick M. Islám a muslimská obec. V čes. jazyce vyd. 1. Praha: Prostor, 1998. 194 s. ISBN 80-85190-69-9. info
  • KÜNG, Hans and Josef van ESS. Křesťanství a islám : na cestě k dialogu. Translated by Jiří Hoblík - Luboš Kropáček. Vyd. 1. Praha: Vyšehrad, 1998. 191 s. ISBN 8070212624. info
  • VONDRA, Alexandr. Islám a jeho svět. Edited by Oldřich Neužil - Alena Mizerová. 1. vyd. Brno: Moravské zemské muzeum, 1995. 119 s. ISBN 80-7028-075-1. info
  • GELLNER, Ernest André. Der Islam als Gesellschaftsordnung. Translated by Susanne Enderwitz - Ulrich Enderwitz. München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 1992. 207 s. ISBN 3-423-04588-4. info
  • ANTES, Peter. Der Islam :Religion - Ethik - Politik. Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer, 1991. x, 152 s. ISBN 3-17-011737-8. info
  • BRETT, Michael. Mauri : islam na Západe. Bratislava: Tatran, 1989. 128 s. : i. ISBN 80-222-0028-X. info
  • KHOURY, Adel Theodor. Der Islam : sein Glaube, seine Lebensordnung, sein Anspruch. Freiburg: Herder, 1988. 237 s. ISBN 3451041677. info
  • TAUER, Felix. Svět Islámu : jeho dějiny a kultura : nástin politického, sociálního, hospodářského a kulturního vývoje zemí, do nichž proniklo učení arabského proroka, od jeho vystoupení do konce První světové války. Praha: Vyšehrad, 1984. info
  • MAS'ÚDÍ, Abu L-Hasan 'Alí ibn Al-. Rýžoviště zlata a doly drahokamů [22208]. Praha: Odeon, 1983. info
  • WALTHER, Wiebke. Die Frau im Islam. Leipzig: Edition Leipzig, 1980. info
  • PETRÁČEK, Karel. Básníci pouště : arabská poetika devíti století [16814]. Praha: Československý spisovatel, 1977. info
  • Tisíc a jedna noc. Díl 5 : Alf lajla wa lajla (Unif.). Translated by Felix Tauer, Edited by Felix Tauer. Vyd. v Odeonu 1. Praha: Odeon, 1975. 611 s. info
  • CHALDÚN, Abdarrahmán Ibn. Čas království a říší : Mukaddima : úvod do historie : al-Mukaddina (Orig.). Vyd. 1. Praha: Odeon, 1972. 529 s. info
  • PETRÁČEK, Karel. Islám a obraty času. Praha: Svoboda, 1969. info
  • Der Islam. Edited by Claude Cahen. Frankfurt am Main: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 1968. 375 s. ISBN 3-436-01207-6. info
  • BELJAJEV, Jevgenij Aleksandrovič. Araby, islam i arabskij chalifat v ranneje srednevekov'je. 2. izdanije. Moskva: Nauka, 1966. 279 s. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, class discussion.
Assessment methods
Written examination aimed at testing student's insight into the topics discussed during semester.
Language of instruction
Czech
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is taught: every other week.

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