This course investigates the cultural and intellectual exchanges between the Islamic world and Europe and their role in shaping the early modern world. The course looks at early modern artistic productions and different genres of literature in their historical contexts in order to better understand the ways in which the Islamic ‘Orient’ and the non-Islamic ‘Occident’ influenced each other. Special attention will be paid to the way ideas and texts traveled across time and space through translation. The course also examines the ways in which encounters between the Islamic world and Europe reflect in visual and performing arts.