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ME3602 The Crusades viewed from the other side: Muslim perspectives

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
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.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Ancient History & Archaeology, History, Mediaeval History, Mediaeval History & Archaeology, Mediaeval Studies, Middle East Studies and BA (Intl Hons) History.

UG Pre-requisite(s):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.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 278

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 13%
  • Coursework: 27%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


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