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ME3602   The Crusades viewed from the other side: Muslim perspectives

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: See

This module examines the phenomenon of the Crusades from Muslim viewpoints. It analyses the impact of the First Crusade on the unprepared Muslim populations of Syria, Palestine and Egypt and their initial responses. It discusses the issue of the defilement of Muslim sacred space in Jerusalem and the gradual revitalisation of jihad and the role of that concept in the Muslim recovery of the lands conquered by the Crusaders. Military aspects of the conflict are also analysed. The socio-cultural impact of Muslim-Crusader co-existence for almost two centuries will also be discussed. The importance of the key figure of Saladin will be highlighted. Students will also look at modern Muslim discourse about the Crusades and the way in which they are re-interpreted in polemical writings today.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 60 credits from {ME1003, ME1006, ME2003, HI2001, MH2002}

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 13%
Coursework: 27%

Re-assessment: 4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module coordinator: Prof R Hillenbrand
Module teaching staff: Prof C Hillenbrand