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The Cosmopolitan Medieval Arabic World, 莱顿大学

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Did you know that Arabic was for centuries the lingua franca in an area stretching from the south of Spain to the Chinese border? Did you know that the Middle East under Muslim rule in those days was the world’s beating heart of trade, but also of science and scholarship? Did you know that Islam in its formative period was heavily influenced by existing cultures in the region, like Indian, Greek, Persian and Byzantine culture? Did you know that for many centuries after the establishment of the Muslim Empire the majority of the population remained largely Christian and Jewish? Did you know that they held a protected status in Islamic law? Did you know that this generally open-minded, curious and open society stimulated many great innovations and inventions? Did you know that European scholarship in the Renaissance leaned heavily on the texts and inventions from the Middle East which were the outcome of this sophisticated advanced society? In this course we will focus on the fascinating history of the Arabic Medieval World. We will take you on a journey through the Middle Ages starting off in eighth-century Baghdad. Along the old pilgrim trails we will go to places like Mecca, Jerusalem and Najaf. We will show you the impressive markets of places like Cairo and Samarkand. However we will not hide the dark sides of society either, by introducing you to the flourishing widespread slave trade. We will visit the Abbasid court, the Harem of the caliph, and the palace of the Mamluk Sultan. We will show you some beautiful medieval manuscripts, that live on as the silent witnesses of the impressive achievements of scientists and medical doctors of this forgotten era. All along we will present you with historiographical debates and dilemma’s. Reflecting on the way we look at and interpret history. And while taking you on this journey, we will travel back and forth in time explaining to you how events of the past affected and shaped the world as we know it today. Welcome to the Cosmopolitan Medieval Arabic World! Enroll now and follow this course for free....

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创建者 MI

Jan 31, 2019

Great course with a wide array of materials that allowed me to understand better the important of Arab influence in Europe and worldwide.

创建者 SM

Jan 30, 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.

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创建者 Sandra Amelia Fernandez Dodaro

Mar 20, 2019

Excelente ! El material de lectura tendría que contar con la opción en castellano

创建者 Michael Geer

Mar 12, 2019

a fascinating study of an understudied topic in western classrooms. I very much enjoyed it!

创建者 Joy Smith

Feb 12, 2019

Enjoyable, unique, kind of fun.

创建者 Miguel Ibáñez

Jan 31, 2019

Great course with a wide array of materials that allowed me to understand better the important of Arab influence in Europe and worldwide.

创建者 Sophia Miller

Jan 30, 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.

创建者 Camila Fernandes

Jan 18, 2019

I really enjoyed it.

创建者 Jennifer

Jan 09, 2019

This class was very eye opening. Probablly one of the best mooc's I have taken

创建者 René Veltin

Jan 07, 2019

I learned much about the islamic world and the reasons for the rise of Islam as a word religion. Many of my stereotypes were shattered e.g. about harems and slavery. The many linked scientific texts helped me understand about core concepts of this hegemony.

One possible addendum could be a general outlook on the further fate of the Arabic world after the time period that was discussed in the course. As it stands, I found the course to end somewhat sudden.

创建者 Abdelhadi Saiah

Jan 04, 2019

It is an excellent course. I wish some of the material were more diverse to cover a wider range of subjects such as the Islamic law, philosophy, social life, schools of thought. I recognize that the information presented in the course are more than enough for someone who had had just dim ideas about The Cosmopolitan Medieval Arabic World

创建者 Paccelli José Maracci Zahler

Jan 04, 2019

Um curso excelente e completo sobre o mundo árabe medieval! Recomendo a todos!