Islam and the Making of Medieval Europe, c.600-1300 (HIH2200A)
|Staff||Dr Alun Williams - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks;|
You will need effective communication and analytical skills, oral and written, to complete many of your modules and in a job after you graduate. This module aims to help you develop your skills in researching, interpreting, and analysing both primary and secondary material, and in reporting on your work. It provides you with an opportunity to explore an area of history in more depth, and helps you to develop the depth of understanding you will require to study more specialised areas of history.It will also give you an opportunity to work in a team on a group presentation.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Develop a broad knowledge of main political, social, economic and cultural developments in the history of relations between the Christian and Muslim worlds between the seventh and thirteenth centuries.
- 2. Understand a number the key historiographical debates in the field.
- 3. Evaluate and examine a range of primary sources that shed light on the history of relations between the Christian and Muslim worlds.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Analyse the key developments of the period.
- 5. Collate data from a range of sources, both primary and secondary.
- 6. Interpret primary sources.
- 7. Trace long-term as well as short-term historical developments.
- 8. Recognise and deploy historical terminology correctly.
- 9. Assess different approaches to historical writing in areas of controversy.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 10. Work both independently and in a group, including participating in oral seminar discussions.
- 11. Identify a topic, select, comprehend, and organise primary and secondary materials on that topic with little guidance.
- 12. Produce to a deadline and in examination conditions a coherent argument.
The Islamic Movement: Origins and Expansion
Western Christian Responses to Islam
‘People of the Book’: Christians and Jews under Muslim Rule
Crossing the Frontier between the Christian and Islamic worlds
Economic contacts: the Pirenne Thesis revisited
The Crusades (I): Origins and Development
The Crusades (II): Broadening Horizons
The Muslim in the Ideologies of Christian Europe: Text, Image and Stone
'Those that Remain': Muslims under Christian Rule in Iberia, Sicily and the Holy Land
The Missionary Strategy: Franciscans and Dominicans
The Transfer of Knowledge
Sex and Power
Understanding Christian-Muslim relations: the legacy of the Middle Ages
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||22 hours||Lectures|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||22 hours||Seminars; these will be led by the tutor. You will need to prepare for each seminar and present on a given topic in groups of 4 on 4 occasions|
|Guided independent study||22 hours||Web-based activities located on ELE preparation for seminars and presentations|
|Guided independent study||234 hours||Reading and preparation for seminars and presentations|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay plan x 1||500 words||1-12||Verbal and written|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||30||3000 words||1-12||Verbal and written|
|Group Presentation||20||25 minutes||1-11||Verbal and written|
|Unseen Exam||50||2 questions in 2 hours||1-12||Written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Essay||3000 words||1-12||Referral/deferral period|
|Group Presentation||Script as for individual presentation, equivalent to 10 minutes||1-11||Referral/deferral period|
|Seen Exam||2 questions in 2 hours||1-12||Referral/deferral period|
Three assessments are required for this module. Where you have been referred/deferred for the essay, you will be required to submit an essay which will constitute 30% of the module mark and the script for a group presentation, which will constitute 20% of the module mark. Where you have been referred/deferred for the exam, you will have the opportunity to take a second exam in the August/September reassessment period. This will constitute 50% of the module (15 credits).
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
B A Catlos, Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors. Faith, Power, and Violemce in the Age of Crusade and Jihad (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014)
N Daniel, Islam and the West: The making of an image (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960)
–– The Arabs and Mediaeval Europe (London: Longman, 1975)
R Fletcher, Moorish Spain (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1992)
–– The Cross and the Crescent: Christianity and Islam from Muhammad to the Reformation (London: Allen Lane, 2003)
C Hillenbrand, The Crusades: Islamic Perspectives (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999)
B Lewis, The Arabs in History (6th edn, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993)
J Riley-Smith, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995)
–– The Crusades: A Short History (London: The Athlone Press, 1990)
R W Southern, Western Views of Islam in the Middle Ages (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1962)
J V Tolan, Saracens: Islam in the Medieval European Imagination (New York: ColumbiaUniversity Press, 2002)
C Tyerman, The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press, 2005)
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Internet Medieval Sourcebook: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook2.html
Available as distance learning?
Key words search
History, Medieval, European, Middle East, Crusades