Tracing back Europe - from Thessaloniki to Istanbul

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General theme in the Tracing back Europe course will be the Aegean area as the cultural interface between the Middle East (Asia) and Europe. In a period of (1) confrontation between ´Christian´ and ´Islamic´ values and (2) discussions about the Turkish relation with Europe, this intercultural dialogue should be a topical issue in education. A number of sub-themes will be, more or less explicitly, prevalent:
* Spread of the early agrarian civilisations from Turkey to Europe,
* Greek heritage on both sides of the Aegean (Troy, Greek colonies, Persian Wars), Hellenistic (Alexander) and Roman (Constantine) influences,
* The spread of (Asian/Middle East) Jewish/Christian monotheism to develop into the dominant European religion (letters of the Apostle Paul, Nicaea Council, Arianism, Iconoclasm),
* Arab conquest and the Crusades,
* Islamic and ´Western´ (Byzantine) art,
* The Ottoman Empire (Soleiman the Magnificent) as the counterforce against the Habsburg empire(s),
* Westernising in Turkey (Kemalism) and 'Re-Ottomanisation' - is Turkey part of Europe?
* Cultural influence, modern labour migration and the ´Islamisation´ of Europe.

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Thessaloniki and other places, Greece

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Attended 06.04.2016 - 15.04.2016

Hi, l'm an Eglish teacher From Giresun-Turkey. we are a religion based high school and we would like to participate in your course if you agree.These land has been the centre of civilisation since the earliest times so Each culture affected the other in any way.l think we should study together because we are living in Black sea region and we see some traces from your civilisation. your sincerely, ibrahim BAHADIR

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