Introduction to the Medieval Christian East

lglor1522  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Introduction to the Medieval Christian East
5.00 credits
30.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2021-2022
Main themes
Students will be introduced to the countries, history and culture of people and communities in the Near East with Christian (non-catholic) beliefs. Special regions with Aramaic (Syriac)  population in Syria-Mesopotamia are brought into focus. The course introduces into several topics :
1. Countries and regions of Eastern Christian communities and their history from the 4th century to Medieval times ;
2. Christian Oriental sciences and litteratures ;
3. Cultural urban centres (Alexandria, Antiochia, Edessa, Mosul, Baghdad etc.) and important monastic places (in Palestine, Turqey, Syria, Iran, Egypt, Sinai etc.) ;
4. Main historical features of Syriac christianity in the Near East from the 4th century to modern times ; its former cultural impact in Central Asia and India.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 By the end of the course, students will have acquired knowledge about Christian (non-catholic) people in the Near East in their diverse geographic, historical and cultural setting. They will learn to use the main sources and reference books for carrying out (individually or in group) a small research topic and presenting it to the class.
Une bibliographie sélective sur le sujet de chaque séance est donnée au cours.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Minor in Oriental Studies

Minor in Medieval Studies

Minor in Literary Studies