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Subtitles: English, Spanish

What you will learn

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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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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 4-6 hours a week...

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Welcome to this Course

1 video (Total 5 min), 6 readings
1 video
6 readings
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 hours to complete

The Medieval Islamic City

2 videos (Total 15 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
6 readings
Podcast explained2m
Introduction to the Islamic City30m
Islamic City - Historic Myth, Islamic Essence and Contemporary Relevance45m
Hospitals30m
Further Reading
Source Material: Medical commentary10m
3 practice exercises
Islamic - Historic Myth, Contemporary Relevance5m
The Medieval Islamic City15m
Arabic versus Greek10m
Week
2
5 hours to complete

Travel & Religion

4 videos (Total 30 min), 8 readings, 3 quizzes
4 videos
Amulets (on location Volkenkunde Museum)6m
8 readings
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 practice exercises
Muslim - Jewish relations15m
Religion15m
The Ascent to Heaven5m
Week
3
5 hours to complete

Trade

5 videos (Total 33 min), 7 readings, 5 quizzes
5 videos
The Slave Trade8m
Orientalism7m
7 readings
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 practice exercises
Legal Innovations5m
Trade & Orientalism15m
Naked versus Veiled5m
Orientalist or not?
Week
4
6 hours to complete

Power Play

3 videos (Total 24 min), 7 readings, 3 quizzes
7 readings
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 practice exercises
Political Intercession at Court5m
Power Play15m
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Top reviews from The Cosmopolitan Medieval Arabic World

By 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.

By 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.

Instructor

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Prof. dr. Petra Sijpesteijn

Professor of Arabic
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About Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty....

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • No. The entire course is in English and there is no requirement to know any Arabic.

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