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Faculty of Literature and Philosophy
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LEL1000502, A.A. 2011/12

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Degree course First cycle degree in
LE0599, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2011/12
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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Teacher in charge CECILIA MARTINI M-FIL/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-FIL/08 History of Mediaeval Philosophy 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year Student choice

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 05/03/2012
End of activities 16/06/2012
Show course schedule 2018/19 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA MEDIEVALE ARABA 2014/2015 01/10/2014 28/02/2015 MARTINI CECILIA (Presidente)
CATAPANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
1 STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA MEDIEVALE ARABA 2013/2014 01/10/2013 07/11/2014 MARTINI CECILIA (Presidente)
CATAPANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: No particular prerequisite is required.
Target skills and knowledge:: At the end of this course, students are expected:
1) to know the outlines of Islamic civilization from its origin to the XIIIth century;
2) to know the main topics and philosophers of the History of Arabic Philosophy in Medieval Islam
3) to know the main currents of contemporary Arabic-Islamic reinterpretation of the philosophical tradition of Medieval Islam.
Course unit contents: 1) Presentation of the salient features of Islamic civilization: the Arabic language (history, phonetics, morphology, transliteration systems), the Qur'anic revelation (the prophet Muḥammad, the dogma of i'ğāz, Koranic sciences) (10 hours) .

2) Presentation of the main doctrines and protagonists of Arabic philosophical tradition in Medieval Islam, reading an anthology of texts in Italian translation (22hours);

3) Analysis of the thought of Muhammad 'Abid al-Jabri and Seyyed Hossein Nasr (10 hours).
Planned learning activities: In the first two weeks of lectures the main tenets of Islamic civilization from its origins to the XIIIth century will be analyzed. In particular, we will present the Arabic language (phonetics, morphology, transliteration systems), and the cultural and historical context of its formation, we will address the theme of the Qur'anic revelation, the analysis of the figure of the prophet Muḥammad, the dogma of i'ğāz and the development of Qur'anic sciences.

In the central part of the lectures we will present the outlines of the History of Arabic philosophy in Medieval Islam: the origins and formation of Arabic philosophy from the reception of ancient and late-ancient Greek philosophy (translation movement from Greek into Arabic, al-Kindi); its original developments especially in Baghdad in the Xth century, and in the Muslim East between Xth and XIth century (al-Fārābī, Avicenna), the success of this philosophy in Muslim Spain (Ibn Bāğğa, Ibn Ṭufayl, Averroes), its passage through the Arabic-Latin translations to the medieval universities of the thirteenth century in the Latin Christian world . An anthology of selected texts in Italian translation will accompany the presentation of the authors mentioned above.

At the end two weeks will be devoted to the reinterpretation of medieval Arabic philosophical tradition by contemporary Islamic thinkers as Muhammad 'Abid al-Jabri and Seyyed Hossein Nasr.
Textbooks: AA.VV., Storia della filosofia nell'Islam medievale. Torino: Einaudi, 2004. voll. I-II Cerca nel catalogo
Additional notes about suggested reading:: An anthology of texts additional to that already reported in the specified text will be provided in class. Will also be delivered two short profiles of Muhammad 'Abid al-Jabri and Seyyed Hossein Nasr.
Teaching methods: The teaching method will be lectures.
Assessment criteria: Each student will take an oral examination (in Italian) lasting about 30 (thirty) minutes.
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