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Approx. 13 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Romanian, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

UNIT 1: INTRODUCTION TO MEDIEVAL MAGIC

6 videos (Total 31 min), 1 quiz
6 videos
The Idea of Magic3m
The Ancient Precedents5m
Magic and Superstition in Christian Europe6m
The Decline of Magic7m
Weekly Video 1 (2015)5m
1 practice exercise
Unit 1 Quiz20m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

UNIT 2: MAGIC & HERESY

8 videos (Total 57 min), 1 quiz
8 videos
The Rise and Fall of Natural Magic (5:56)5m
Persecution Unleashed (6:23)6m
The Tale of the Not-So-Evil Inquisitor (7:18)7m
Necromancy: When Demons Spoke Latin (7:11)7m
Optional video I: Eastern Jewish Communities: A Bit of Context (7:45)7m
Optional video II: The Jewish Idea of Magic (6:38)6m
Weekly Video 2 (2015)8m
1 practice exercise
Unit 2 Quiz20m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

UNIT 3: FROM MAGIC TO WITCHCRAFT

8 videos (Total 49 min), 2 quizzes
8 videos
Witchcraft and Maleficent Magic (7:18)7m
The Mythology of Witchcraft (8:04)8m
Medieval Witchcraft Trials (I) (5:58)6m
Medieval Witchcraft Trials (II) (6:34)6m
Optional video: Medieval Sources on Witchcraft (I) (6:19)6m
Optional video: Medieval Sources on Witchcraft (II) (5:53)5m
Weekly Video 3 (2015)4m
1 practice exercise
Unit 3 Quiz20m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

UNIT 4: MAGIC IN ISLAM

7 videos (Total 72 min), 1 quiz
7 videos
How Was Magic Received in Islam?(8:51)8m
The Ikhwān al- Ṣafā’ on Magic and the Occult (8:29)8m
The Science of the Letters (10:01)10m
Alchemy I: Arabic Alchemy8m
Alchemy II: Arabo-Latin Alchemy (9:55)9m
Weekly Video 4 (2015)16m
1 practice exercise
Unit 4 Quiz18m
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Top reviews from Magic in the Middle Ages

By BWMar 24th 2018

Helpful and insightful. I try to learn as much about witchcraft and all religions as I can. The first set of videos were well lit and well read. I recommend this for anyone who wants to learn more.

By CPJul 6th 2017

When i read the title of this course, i could not imagine what it is about. So i took it. It's a great course, with different perspectives and with a really clear language. Thank you!

Instructors

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Godefroid de Callataÿ - University of Louvain

Professor
Oriental Institute (University of Louvain)
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Dr Pau Castell Granados

Research and Teaching Scholar at University of Barcelona
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Sébastien Moureau - University of Louvain

Chargé de recherches du F.R.S.-FNRS
Institut Orientaliste (CIOL)
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Dr Gemma Pellissa Prades

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of the Classics, Harvard
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Delfi I. Nieto-Isabel

BSc, BA, MA
Dept. of Medieval History, Palaeography & Diplomatics, Institute for Research on Medieval Cultures, University of Barcelona
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Blanca Villuendas

PhD Candidate
Instituto de Lenguas y Culturas del Mediterráneo y Oriente Próximo, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

About Universitat de Barcelona

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