ARABIC

ARAB-426
Arabic Topics (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Topics taught in Arabic explore various aspects of Arabic culture and the Arab world. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: ARAB-303.

ARAB-426
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ARABIC
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Arabic Topics (3)

Introduction to Classical Arabic Literature

This seminar introduces students to classical Arabic literature. Understanding "literature" in a broad sense, the class explores various types of premodern Arabic writing, mostly prose but also poetry. Readings include selections from the Quran, hadith, biographical dictionaries, adab works, geographical and travel literature, etc. While the focus of the course is on honing and improving textual skills, attention is paid to the social and cultural context in which the works appeared.

ARAB-426
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ARABIC
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Arabic Topics (3)

Media Arabic

An upper-advanced course that introduces students to the language used in Arab media. Students are exposed to a wide range of subjects and themes normally dealt with in the media of the Arab world and to its characteristic vocabulary and styles. The course is conducted in Arabic and concentrates on improving and honing the language skills acquired previously.

ARAB-426
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ARABIC
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Arabic Topics (3)

The Arabian Nights

This seminar focuses on the Arabian Nights. While reading selected stories in the original Arabic, students are introduced to key aspects such as the diverse cultures and linguistic traditions that shaped the Nights corpus; its relation to the canonical literature, and its place in the pre-modern and modern Arabic literary systems; gender roles; race; sexuality; stereotypes; taboos; humor; crime; the Nights and European Orientalism; and the Nights in twentieth-century cinema.

ARAB-426
002
ARABIC
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Arabic Topics (3)

Intellectuals and Society in the Arab World

In this seminar students are introduced to important intellectuals and creators of the modern and pre-modern Arab world. The class explores their views of identity, longing, and belonging, in addition to their criticism of society and the place of the individual in it. All this is done through reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Arabic.