Islam and the Making of Medieval Europe, c.600-1300 (HIH2200A)

30 credits

In this module we will explore the relationship between the Christian and Muslim worlds in Medieval Europe from the beginnings of the Islamic movement in the early seventh century down to the end of the thirteenth. Besides seeking to understand the hostility and outright conflict that periodically flared up between the two religious communities during this period, most notably in the era of the Crusades, we will also try to make sense of the extensive social, economic and cultural interaction that took place between them. Particular attention will be paid to the contribution of Islam to the development of western civilization, for example in the areas of commerce, science and culture. By exploring the complex reality of Christian-Muslim relations in the medieval past, the module will also help to put modern tensions between the Islamic world and the West into better perspective.