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ME3616   Missionaries, Assassins and State-builders: Militant Shiæism in the Medieval Muslim World

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: See

This course looks at the role of Shi'ism in a series of dynamic politico-religious movements which took place over several centuries in the medieval period in an area stretching from North Africa to India. The module will cover the breakaway group known as the Isma'ilis, the Fatimid Isma'ili caliphate in North Africa, and the famous Isma'ili splinter group, the Nizaris (the 'Assassins') , their operations and their role in both Muslim and Crusader history. It will also look at the further spread of the Isma'ili movement to Yemen and the Indian sub-continent.

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 : 0%
Coursework: 40%

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


Module teaching staff: Professor C Hillenbrand