Course code Vēst1136
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 32 48
E-courses Vēst1136: The History of Arab Civilization I
Course annotation The aim of the course is to inform students about one of the greatest world civivilizations - the Arab civilization which for centuries has been one of the greatest in the world. The elements of the Arabian culture one can find in every Islamic region of Asia. It means that an insight into the Arab civilization is an integral part of the Asian studies. The course covers the early period of tribal Arab culture, but the greatest part of the course reflects the encounter of the Arab world with the neighboring Christianity, Judaism, and Persian Civilization. The final goal of the course is provide the students with initial information and methods needed for the independent research of MENA civilizations.

Course responsible lecturer Jānis Priede
Students learn academic text reading dealing with Arab and Islamic culture and history. They acquire analysis skills, conceptual thinking in the field of Arab historical discourse. During the course students learn to formulate their own views using the given historical and ethnological concepts.
Course plan
1The Arab Civilization: the Subject and Research.L2
2Pre-Islamic States of Arabian PeninsulaL2
3Muhammad. His Biography and the Beginnings of Islām.L2
4Muhammad and Emergence of State Medina. Hegira.L2
5Arab conquest of Bysantine Empire and the Integration of non-Arabic Culture.L2
6Caliphate of Damascus and its CultureL2
7The Decay of Damascus Caliphate. Shiites.L2
8Baghdade Caliphate. The Priority of Persian Culture L2
9Caliphs and the Model of Government.L2
10Arabs in Europe. SicilyL2
11Arabs in Europe: SpainL2
12The Decay of the Arab Emirates in Spain. ReconquistL2
13End of the Baghdad CaliphateL2
14 The MENA Regional Profile 20th-21st century L6
Requirements for obtaining credit points
Students’ assessment includes:
- 1 test (50%),
- written examination (50%)

Study programmes Asian Studies