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Did you know that Arabic was for centuries the lingua franca in an area stretching from the south of Spain to the Chinese border? Did you know that the Middle East under Muslim rule in those days was the world’s beating heart of trade, but also of science and scholarship? Did you know that Islam in its formative period was heavily influenced by existing cultures in the region, like Indian, Greek, Persian and Byzantine culture? Did you know that for many centuries after the establishment of the Muslim Empire the majority of the population remained largely Christian and Jewish? Did you know that they held a protected status in Islamic law? Did you know that this generally open-minded, curious and open society stimulated many great innovations and inventions? Did you know that European scholarship in the Renaissance leaned heavily on the texts and inventions from the Middle East which were the outcome of this sophisticated advanced society? In this course we will focus on the fascinating history of the Arabic Medieval World. We will take you on a journey through the Middle Ages starting off in eighth-century Baghdad. Along the old pilgrim trails we will go to places like Mecca, Jerusalem and Najaf. We will show you the impressive markets of places like Cairo and Samarkand. However we will not hide the dark sides of society either, by introducing you to the flourishing widespread slave trade. We will visit the Abbasid court, the Harem of the caliph, and the palace of the Mamluk Sultan. We will show you some beautiful medieval manuscripts, that live on as the silent witnesses of the impressive achievements of scientists and medical doctors of this forgotten era. All along we will present you with historiographical debates and dilemma’s. Reflecting on the way we look at and interpret history. And while taking you on this journey, we will travel back and forth in time explaining to you how events of the past affected and shaped the world as we know it today. Welcome to the Cosmopolitan Medieval Arabic World! Enroll now and follow this course for free. --- Testimonial: Dear Prof. Sijpesteijn I am sending this email in gratitude for the Leiden University team for this course. Please thank the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs for offering it on Coursera, the Faculty of Humanities for creating the lovely course content and the excellent reading material. Rarely have I seen an MOOC that is this well-researched and thought through. This is in addition to the excellent resources provided and the creative media. I finished the course and presently doing the honors-track. If I may introduce myself, I am Radi Radi, a Palestinian-Jordanian who lives on "Shajaret Al Dur" St. in Amman, Jordan. It was quite an coincidence to learn about her here. I work as a pilot and currently we are not flying anywhere currently so I thought of finishing this course. I am a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Ryerson Univeristy, Canada and this really felt like the 100-level electives I took in that it really is a university-level course. I have bought a few books that I have read about in your course and that meant that I have something else to do in this corona-imposed hiatus. After Once aviation kicks back into gear, I hope to be flying to Amsterdam Again. When that happens, I plan on bringing you guys a gift from Amman for your efforts. Many Thanks Radi Radi...

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10 déc. 2019

Thank you for this beautiful course ! I learned a lot and most important, as a European, this course changed my vision of the Islamic world. This course opens my mind. Thank you !


16 sept. 2020

From this course, I gain more knowledge and insight about Medieval Arabic World. Also, to correct some Orientalists pictures of the Medieval Arabic World.

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par Rob B

12 avr. 2020

Great informative course that takes through the middle ages in the Arabic world.

par Alexander I

30 juin 2020

Excellent content, format and instruction! Congratulations on a great course.

par Jennifer

9 janv. 2019

This class was very eye opening. Probablly one of the best mooc's I have taken

par Paccelli Z

4 janv. 2019

Um curso excelente e completo sobre o mundo árabe medieval! Recomendo a todos!

par C.Winkel

25 déc. 2018

Great and easy course with good material. Please more about topics like that!

par Matthew P

21 avr. 2020

An excellent course, possibly the best free online learning I've ever done!

par Katherine W

10 juil. 2020

Excellent in all respects. The podcasts were especially helpful.

par Louise G

6 juil. 2020

Absolutely fascinating information. Very well-structured course.

par Omar A G R

19 juin 2020

Se demuestra el interés de aprender con un punto de vista modelo

par Erlinda S

2 juil. 2020

This is an awesome class. Thank you so much to the Instructors.

par Bharat S

21 juil. 2020

I liked the narratives and the material. Truly an eye opening.

par Andrés B

17 mai 2020

Just great and beautiful. My congratulations to all the staff.

par Gozde G

19 févr. 2021

Very clear course that gave me many new insights. Thank you

par Donna B

23 août 2021

I learned a great deal with a reasonable amount of work

par Deb

19 avr. 2021

So Interesting i finished the course in a week.

par Poliane m a

17 sept. 2020

Posicionamento das palavras com ampla visão

par Mr. L

4 févr. 2021

Thank you for a fascinating experience.

par Mohamed M

12 déc. 2018

It is really amazing and fruitful.

par Juliette F

23 juil. 2021

Excellent, I appreciate

par elahe b

1 sept. 2021

thanks for every thing

par Raheela S

25 juin 2020

how to get my degree

par Camila F

17 janv. 2019

I really enjoyed it.

par Cristiana M

26 août 2021

V​ery educational

par Nafisha B M

7 juin 2021

Very informative.

par Alexandre C

9 févr. 2021