ARBC2031 Contribution of Muslims to Sciences Medicine Art & Philosophy Paper

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ARBC 2031- GG Syllabus Arts Sciences and Technology thru History 3 Credits- no pre-requisites (Subject to Change) Instructor: Dr. Heba Abdelfattah Office: @ CANVAS Office Hrs: @CANVAS Chat Class Time: Online @ CANVAS Class Location: @ CANVAS Contact via E-mail: Description and Objectives: The course invites students to explore the major historical developments and intellectual trends that shaped the development of art, philosophy, and science in Islamic civilization pre-1500 C.E. It requires no prior knowledge of Islam or Middle East’s history. Beginning with the geographical and cultural contexts of the rise of Islam, the course explores the growth of the political, social, and religious institutions that shaped Islamic civilization. The readings consist of a selection of translated primary and secondary sources. We will learn about religion in Pre-Islamic Arabia and its encounters with Europe; the expansion of Arab Muslim empire; the standardization of the Quranic text; the beginning of history writing in Arabic; the emergence of the Islamic legal system and the study of theology; the translation movement; and the rise and decline of “skepticism” (hayra and or shukuk) which became the driving force of scientific inquiry. Our goal is to recognize how all these developments fueled the golden age of sciences, arts, and philosophy in medieval Islam. By the end of the course, students will acquire a deep understanding of the diverse cultures that shaped Islam in the pre-modern time and continue to engage us today. By critically engaging with the primary and the secondary sources from different periods, students will also develop their critical thinking skills by learning how to interpret and assess the sources while simultaneously recognizing the complexity and diversity of the views represented in both. Course Requirements The course requires the following assignments: 9 Module Reports ( minimum 500 words) 8 Blogs(minimum 100 words) 40% 20% One Midterm exam (essay format due on Feb 18 at 10:00 am/ minimum 1500 words) One online exam (multiple choice due on March 28 at 10:00 pm ) One Final (essay format due on April 23 at 10:00 pm/ minimum 1500) 15% 1 10 % 15 % Grading Scale Your final grade will be assigned as a letter grade according to the Georgia Tech following scale: A D 90-100% 60-69% B F 80-89% 0-59% C 70-79% Description of Graded Components Module Reports are required; they constitutes 40 % of your grade. These are short summaries and responses to the assigned readings in each module. Your report must show mastery of the readings. It must be coherent and it must be written in your own words. More than 15 words taken from a source will be flagged by the system as plagiarism. Therefore, try to always paraphrase and use your own languages to explain the readings. While you can refer to the author, you do not need to cite. Think of it as an answer to this question: “What have I learned from the readings this week?” Check announcements on Canvas for information on how to improve your academic reading skills. Blogs count for 20% of the overall grade. I invite you to think of the blogs as opportunities to polish critical thinking and teamwork skills. They generally are short responses (100-200 words) to the screenings and the weekly readings. Sometimes you will be asked to post questions. You must reply to the thread created by the instructor under the discussion category on Canvas. Please check dates in the weekly schedule below. Please note that blogs are not the sort of assignments that can be resubmitted. You must post on time and reply to at least three of your colleagues’ blogs. Your replies should extend beyond the “I agree” and “That is interesting” syndromes. Replies should show your engagement with the ideas suggested by your colleagues, whether you disagree or agree. Superficial replies do not receive credit. Midterm Take Home Exam constitutes 15% of your overall grade. You must submit a PDF copy on Canvas on Feb 18 at 10:00 am. No email submissions will be accepted. Please follow guidelines for midterm on Canvas One Online Exam counts for 10 % of your grade. This will be after spring break and will be entirely focused on module 7. It is due on Canvas on March 28 at 10:00 pm. 2 The Final paper constitutes 15 % of your overall grade. It has to be on the contribution of Muslims to sciences, medicine, art, and philosophy. Your Essay should not exceed 10 pages. You can choose a topic and survey the literature available on the topic. You may also choose a figure and present a profile. You must support your essay with at least five academic sources. Academic Integrity Georgia Tech aims to cultivate a community based on trust, academic integrity, and honor. Students are expected to act according to the highest ethical standards. For information on Georgia Tech’s Academic Honor Code, please visit or Any student suspected of cheating or plagiarizing on a quiz, exam, or assignment will be reported to the Office of Student Integrity, who will investigate the incident and identify the appropriate penalty for violations. Accommodations for Students with Disabilities If you are a student with learning needs that require special accommodation, contact the Office of Disability Services at (404)894-2563 or, as soon as possible, to make an appointment to discuss your special needs and to obtain an accommodations letter. Please also e-mail me as soon as possible to set up a time to discuss your learning needs. 100% Safe Space The class is free of discrimination space. None of the individuals participating in this class should accept or tolerate any sort of discrimination on the basis of race, religion, class, sexual orientation or gender expression. Please check this website and the student handbook for more information Extensions, Late Assignments In the case of medical emergencies, students can re-submit their assignments. This applies only to midterm and papers. Student-Faculty Expectations Agreement At Georgia Tech we believe that it is important to strive for an atmosphere of mutual respect, acknowledgment, and responsibility between faculty members and the student body. See for an articulation of some basic expectation that you can have of me and that I have of you. In the end, simple respect for knowledge, hard work, and cordial interactions will help build the environment we seek. 3 Therefore, I encourage you to remain committed to the ideals of Georgia Tech while in this class. Additional Course Policies Religious observances are waived Freedom of expression and guidelines for discussion/lectures:  Read actively and attentively.  Ask for clarification if you are confused.  Challenge one another but do so respectfully.  Critique ideas, not people.  Do not offer opinions without supporting evidence.  Avoid put-downs (even humorous ones).  Take responsibility for the quality of communication.  Build on one another’s comments; work toward shared understanding.  Speak from your own experience, without generalizing.  If you are offended, acknowledge it immediately. Campus Resources for Students Some campus resources that might help you succeed: The Communication Center, or The Center for Academic Success, The Counseling Center, The Division of Student Life, or Women’s Resource Center. A list of relevant campus resources available to Georgia Tech students can be found here: df Course Material The weekly assigned readings are required unless otherwise specified. We will be using in class two major books (available at the bookstore or -Berkey, Jonathan. The Formation of Islam: Religion and Society in the Near East 600- 1800. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003. -Donner, Fred. Muhammad and the Believers at the Origins of Islam. Cambridge, Mass: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011. The readings marked with an * in the weekly schedule are available on Canvas. The screenings are available on Canvas, Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube Tools and Resources *Chronological Table,” in * Endress’s An Introduction to Islam Encyclopedia of Islam (second and third edition) [Available in Print at GT Library] Encyclopedia Iranica [Open source] <> 4 Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought [Available Online at GT Library] Encyclopedia of the Qur’an [Available Online at GT Library] Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures [Available Online at GT Library] Encyclopedia of Canonical Hadith [Available Online at GT Library] The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture [Available in Architecture Library - Ask at Architecture Desk for N6260 .G75 2009. Note: The Architecture Library is located in the Architecture West Building, just north of the main GT Library.] 5 Weekly Schdule This proposed schedule is SUBJECT TO CHANGE as the instructor sees fit. Students will be notified in advance of any changes in the schedule, assignments or grading distribution for the course Module To-Do-List 1. Introduce yourself on Canvas 2. Read the Syllabus 3. Read the assigned reading: *Said, The Clash of Ignorance 4. Watch the film Layla M. available on Netflix One (January 8-15) 5. Read the assigned reading: *Youssef, Review of Layla M. 6. Submit module report due on January 15 at 3:00 pm 7. Submit blog entry for discussion # 1 due on January 15 at 3:00 pm 1. Study the PDF of Lecture #1 on Pre-Islamic Arabia 2. Watch The Message on CANVAS 3. Read the assigned readings: Two January 17- 31 Martin Luther Holiday January 21 Three February 5- 12 *Hudgson, The Venture of Islam, 103-146 (Book One: The World Before Islam) *Donner, Muhammad, and the Believers,1-38. 4. Submit module report due on January 31 at 3:00 pm 5. Submit blog entry for discussion # 2 due on January 31 at 3:00 pm 1. Study the PDF of Lecture #2 on Prophet Muhammad’s Legacy: Qur’an and Hadith 2. Watch Screening of The Koran: Back to the Origins of the Book available on Amazon Prime 3. Read the assigned reading: Jonathan A.C. Brown, Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy, 1-40 [Available Online at GT Library] 4. Submit module report on Feb 12 at 3:00 pm 5. Submit blog entry for discussion # 3 on Feb 12 at 3:00 pm 6 Mid-Term Due on Feb 18 at 10:00 Am Submit on CANVAS Four February 14- 19 1. Watch Shi‛ism Awaiting the Hidden Imam Follow the link below to watch for free. You must be signed in through you GATECH Library account 1. Read the assigned reading Donner, Muhammad and the Believers, p. 145-193. 2. Submit module report on Feb 19 at 3:00 pm 3. Submit blog entry for discussion # 4 on Feb 19 at 3:00 pm 1. Study the PDF of Lecture# 3 on The CaliphateUmayyads- Rise of Institutions 2. Read the assigned reading: Five February 21-28 Berkey, The Formation of Islam, 57-109. *Hallaq, An Introduction to Islamic Law, 7-37 * Abdelfattah, “The Maṣlaḥa of Film Production in Pre-Revolutionary Egypt, 1896–1952: A Sanctioning Apparatus or Covert Censorship?” 3. Submit module report on Feb 28 at 3:00 pm 4. Submit blog entry four discussion # 5 on Feb 28 at 3:00 pm 1. Study the PDF of Lecture # 4 on the ‛Abbasid Caliphate, the rise of intellectual trends 2. Read the assigned reading: Six March 5- 12 George Saliba, Islamic Science, and the Making of the European Renaissance, MIT 2007, chap. 2. [Available Online at GT Library] 3. Submit module report on March 12 at 3:00 pm 4. Submit blog entry for discussion # 6 on March 12 at 3:00 pm Seven March 14-28 March 18-22 Spring Break 1. Study the PDf of Lecture #5 on Muslims contribution to Philosophy 2. Watch Seyyed Hossein Nasr: Sacred Silence in “Sufism” and the Vedanta Free Access on Youtube 3. Watch documentary Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible 7 World (Amazon Prime Access) 4. Read the assigned readings: *Paula De Vos, The “Prince of Medicine”: Yuhanna ibn Masawayh and the Foundations of the Western Pharmaceutical Tradition.” *Bittar, “A study of Ibn al-Nafis.” *Laios, “Ammar ibn Ali al- Mawsili and His Innovating Suction Method for the Treatment of Cataract.” *Tbakhi,and Amr, “Ibn al- Haytham: Father of Modern Optics” 5. Watch documentary Islam and the Sciences(available on Canvas) 6. Submit module report on March 28 at 3:00 pm Submit multiple choice exam on Canvas on on March 28 at 10:00 pm 1. Study the PDF of Lecture # 6 on the Decline of Knowledge production( Crusades and Mongol invasion) 2. Read the assigned readings: *Morgan, “Khan and the Founding of the Mongol Empire,” in The Mongols, 49-73. *John Trumpbour, “Crusades” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World *Norman Housley, “The Crusades and Islam,” Medieval Encounters 13:2 (2007), 189-208 Eight April 9-16 3. Watch al-Jazeera Documentary on the Crusades Part One: Part Two: Part Three: 4. Submit module report on April 16 at 3:00 pm 5. Submit blog entry on April 16 at 3:00 pm Nine 1. Watch the film Destiny available on Canvas 8 April 18-23 2. Read the assigned reading: *Bakar, “The importance of Al- Ghazali and Ibn Rushd.” 3. Submit module report on April 23 at 3:00 pm 4. Submit blog entry on April 23 at 3:00 pm Final paper due on April 23 at 10:00 pm 9
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