31551 - History of Islamic Tought

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

Main Islamic theological and mystical schools in connection with the cultural and historical background up to the Timurids

Course contents

Development of Islamic religious thought. Main theological and mystical currents up to the end of the Timurids


Reading of some mystical islamic authors such as Ansari of Herat, Ahmad Ghazali, Najm al-din Kubrà, Abu Yazid al-Bistami


1. C. Saccone, I percorsi dell'Islam, EMP, Padova 2003

2. C. Saccone, Iblis il Satana del Terzo Testamento. Letture coraniche II, Centro Essad Bey, Padova 2012 (ebook Kindle Edition); pocket book ed. CreateSpace IPP, Charleston 2016 (on Amazon Store)

Foreign  students should be able to read these two books in Italian.

Further books may be read in English /French/German/Spanish.

Teaching methods

class courses, seminars, lectures of visiting professors

Assessment methods

oral exam. Erasmus students can have a separate bibliography, one book in Italian and two books in German or French or English.

Teaching tools

texts, e-materials

Office hours

See the website of Carlo Saccone