School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: W/S-052 Semester: 5th
Course Title: Representations of the East and Islam in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 6
Course type: Specialized general knowledge, skills development
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Yes
Course website (Url): (Registration required)


    Learning outcomes: 

    Students will be able to recognize the chronology and geography of the period under examination, to understand the relevant interpretive perspectives, long-term historical process and contextualized historical events, to conduct bibliographical research and write a piece of assessed work, draw conclusions through historical comparison, assess changes in historical perspective, reassess historical knowledge, recognize the complexity that historical knowledge involves and realize how the present conditions historical research.

    General Competences: 

    The course’s aims are:
    Production of free, creative and inductive thinking
    Criticism and self-criticism
    Search for, analysis and synthesis of data and information
    Working independently
    Respect for difference and multiculturalism
    Showing social, professional and ethical responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The course explores the relation between Europe and Islamic East in terms of European domination, representations and discourse from the Crusades to the first European empires of the 18th century. Drawing of E. Said’s Orientalism and subsequent postcolonial studies the discursive production of both Europe and Islamic East will be examined on the basis of printed and visual sources including treatises, diplomatic reports, “ethnographic” and travel narratives, drama, literature and cartography.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Use of multimedia in teaching, course support through e-class, electronic communication with students
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 36
    Exercises 60
    Discussion 20
    Individual study 30
    Study and analysis of bibliography 24
    Course total: 170
    Student performance evaluation: Evaluation in Greek.
    Attendance at seminar, active participation in discussion, short-answer questions, written work.


    • Said Edward, Οριενταλισμός, Αθήνα, (1η έκδ. 1978), 1996.
    • Bhabha Homi, The Location of Culture, Λονδίνο, 1994.
    • Akbari Suzanne Conklin, Idols in the East: European Representations of Islam and the Orient, 1100-1450, Ithaca, 2009.
    • Davis Natalie Zemon, Trickster Travels. A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds, Νέα Υόρκη, 2006.
    • Dursteler Eric, Renegade Women: Gender, Identity and Boundaries in the Early Modern Mediterranean, Βαλτιμόρη, 2011.
    • Fuchs Barbara, Mimesis and Empire: The New World, Islam and European Identities, Cambridge, 2001.
    • Ingham Patricia και Michelle Warren (επιμ.), Postcolonial Moves: Medieval Through Modern, Νέα Υόρκη, 2003.
    • MacLean Gerald, Looking East: English Writing and the Ottoman Empire before 1800, Νέα Υόρκη, 2007
    • Meserve Margaret, Empires of Islam in Renaissance Historical Thought, Cambridge MA, 2008.
    • Ostovich Helen (επιμ.), The Mysterious and the Foreign in Early Modern England, Newark, 2008.
    • Tolan John, Saracens: Islam in the Medieval European Imagination, Νέα Υόρκη, 2002.
    • Valensi Lucette, Βενετία και Υψηλή Πύλη: Η γένεση του δεσπότη, Αθήνα, 2000.

    – Related academic journals:
    Journal of Medieval History
    Renaissance Quarterly
    Sixteenth Century Journal