RLKA08 Islam

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 6 credit(s) (plus 1 credit for an exam). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Attila Kovács, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Jana Valtrová, Ph.D.
Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Ivona Vrzalová
Supplier department: Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Fri 6. 3. 8:00–11:40 B2.43, Fri 3. 4. 8:00–11:40 B2.43, Fri 15. 5. 8:00–11:40 B2.43
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 50 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 2/50, only registered: 0/50
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course offers a complex introduction to Islam as the third and youngest monotheistic religion genuinely rooted in the milieu of the Semitic civilization. Following a scheme based on the periodization of the history of Islam, it provides a general survey of its historical development and crucial transformations – from its very beginnings in the 7th century through its somewhat complex change into the relatively homogenous and syncretic state organism in the course of the Middle Ages, the ambivalent era of stagnation, the clash with European colonialism until the recent differentiation on traditional, reformist, mystical and fundamentalist streams, including the impact of Islam as a specific ideological and juridical concept on both local and international politics.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, students will be able to:
  • demonstrate the basic factual knowledge of the history of Islam, including the main features of its teachings, religious law and ritual practices;
  • identify the principal historical transformations in the development of Islam;
  • use the basic terminology of Islam and its academic study;
  • interpret the selected Islamic source material in Czech translation;
  • compare Islam with other monotheistic systems (Judaism and Christianity).
  • Syllabus
    • Introduction to the course.
    • Jahiliyya and pre-Islamic Arabia.
    • Prophet Muhammadand the rise of Islam.
    • Islamic groups and factions I.
    • Islamic groups and factions II.
    • The Quran.
    • Islamic religious and legal tradition.
    • The Five pillars of Islam.
    • Islamic cosmology and eschatology.
    • Islamic philosophy and science.
    • Islamic mysticism, folk Islam and and Islamic realities.
    • Islamic reformism and Islamism.
    • Islam in the West, Islamophobia.
      required literature
    • KROPÁČEK, Luboš. Duchovní cesty islámu. 3., dopl. vyd. Praha: Vyšehrad, 2003. 292 s. ISBN 8070216131. info
      recommended literature
    • HILLENBRAND, Carole. Islám : historie, současnost a perspektivy. Translated by Jitka Jeníková. Vydání první. V Praze: Paseka, 2017. 301 stran. ISBN 9788074326851. info
    • KROPÁČEK, Luboš. Islám a Západ : historická paměť a současná krize. Vyd. 1. Praha: Vyšehrad, 2002. 197 s. ISBN 8070215402. info
      not specified
    • PAVLINCOVÁ, Helena, Břetislav HORYNA, Miloš MENDEL and Dalibor PAPOUŠEK. Judaismus, křesťanství, islám (Judaism, Christianity, Islam). 2. přeprac. vyd. Olomouc: Nakladatelství Olomouc, 2003. 664 pp. ---. ISBN 80-7182-165-9. info
    • MENDEL, Miloš, Bronislav OSTŘANSKÝ and Tomáš RATAJ. Islám v srdci Evropy : vlivy islámské civilizace na dějiny a současnost českých zemí. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2007. 499 s. ISBN 9788020015549. info
    • KROPÁČEK, Luboš. Islám a Západ : historická paměť a současná krize. Vyd. 1. Praha: Vyšehrad, 2002. 197 s. ISBN 8070215402. info
    Teaching methods
    Lectures; home reading of sources and literature.
    Assessment methods
    Requirements for the colloquium (recommended for students of other fields than the Study of Religion) and prerequisites for the oral examination
  • written test in the knowledge of the Qur'an, basic juridical and dogmatic terminology and the historical developments of classical Islam (at least 60 points out of 100);
  • written test in the history and basic ideological, juridical and dogmatic features of modern and contemporary Islam (at least points out of 100);
    Requirements for the examination
  • to prove the basic factual knowledge of Islam according to the given list of themes;
  • to prove the interpretative ability in a given field.
    The final grade includes assessment of: two semestral tests that constitute also the prerequisite for oral examination (50  %), and oral examination (50 %).
  • Language of instruction
    Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
    Study Materials
    The course is taught once in two years.
    Information on the extent and intensity of the course: bloková výuka.
    Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
    The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2004, Spring 2006, Spring 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2016, Autumn 2017, Spring 2019.
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