Arabic (ARAB)

Head of Department: Associate Professor Gustavo Nanclares

Department Office: Room 207, Oak Hall

1111. Elementary Arabic I

Four credits each semester. Four class periods and additional laboratory practice. Not open for credit to students who have had three or more years of Arabic in high school.

Development of ability to communicate in Arabic, orally and in writing.

1112. Elementary Arabic II

Four credits each semester. Four class periods and additional laboratory practice. Not open for credit to students who have had three or more years of Arabic in high school. Prerequisite: ARAB 1111.

Development of ability to communicate in Arabic, orally and in writing.

1113. Intermediate Arabic I

Four credits each semester. Four class periods and additional laboratory practice. Prerequisite: ARAB 1112.

Development of ability to communicate in Arabic, orally and in writing.

1114. Intermediate Arabic II

Four credits each semester. Four class periods and additional laboratory practice. Prerequisite: ARAB 1113.

Development of ability to communicate in Arabic, orally and in writing.

1121. Traditional Arab Literatures, Cultures, and Civilizations

Three credits. Taught in English.

Representative works from the cultures of the Arab world. Pre-Islamic poets to later writers and thinkers. Relation of literary and artistic forms to their historical contexts. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

1122. Modern Arabic Culture

Three credits. Taught in English.

Introduction to modern Arabic culture from Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign to modern Islamism. Survey of institutions, philosophy, and social customs seen through the medium of literature. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

1193. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head required, normally to be granted prior to the student’s departure. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

2170. Levantine Arabic

Three credits. Prerequisite: One year of Arabic or instructor consent. Taught in Levantine Arabic and English.

Effective communication in Levantine colloquial Arabic. Introduction to words, expressions and grammatical structures used frequently in everyday life.

2751. Arabic Folk Tales and Mirrors for Princes

Three credits. Taught in English.

Folk tales and advice to princes and rulers of the Muslim World: Arabic, Persian and Moghul texts read in translation, such as The Thousand and One Nights, the Qabusname, and Jahangirname. Comparisons with European frame-tales and advice literature (Chaucer, Boccaccio, Machiavelli). Manuals for rulership from India to Andalusia. Ethics, conduct, and political philosophy in folk literature and elite prose. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

3102. Media Arabic

Three credits. Prerequisite: Two years of formal Arabic or equivalent proficiency; instructor consent required. Taught entirely in Arabic.

Modern standard Arabic of the media: television, press and internet.

3212. Arabic Composition and Conversation

Three credits. Prerequisite: ARAB 1114 or by instructor consent. May be repeated for up to 6 credits.

In-depth development of speaking and writing skills.

3293. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head required, normally to be granted prior to the student’s departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3295. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

3299. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

3550W. Classical Arabic Literature

Three credits. Taught in English (Arabic readings optional). Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Survey of Classical Arabic Literature from pre-Islamic Arabia to the Late Middle Ages, from the Fertile Crescent to the Iberian Peninsula. Recent scholarship and theory in the field of Arabic literature. CA 1.

3551. Arabic Travel Narratives

Three credits. Prerequisite: Two years of formal Arabic or equivalent proficiency.

Travel accounts by medieval and modern Arab writers. Transcultural encounters: the Volga Vikings, Norman Sicily, al-Andalus, China, Africa and France. Development of advanced reading and translation skills. Review of grammar and syntax through textual analysis.

3559. Arabic Poetry and Poetics

Three credits. Prerequisite: Two years of formal Arabic or equivalent proficiency; instructor consent required. Taught in English and Arabic.

Selected Arabic poems from pre-Islamic times to the Middle Ages, from Iraq to the Iberian Peninsula. Modes, genres, periods and authors of the Arabic Classical poetic canon. Arabic poetic terminology, criticism and theory. Development of advanced reading, writing and translation skills.

3570. Modern Arabic Literature

Three credits. Prerequisite: Two years of formal Arabic or equivalent proficiency; instructor consent required. Taught in Arabic.

Survey of fundamental texts in modern and contemporary Arabic Literature. Textual criticism in Arabic. Development of advanced oral and written skills in Modern Standard Arabic.

3751. Al-Andalus: Music, Literature, and Science in Muslim Spain

Three credits. Taught in English.

The cultural heritage of Muslim Spain through literature, music, philosophy, medicine, art, and architecture. Christian, Jewish and Muslim interactions in medieval Europe. Religious and ethnic coexistence in medieval Iberia. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

3771. Cinema in the Middle East and North Africa

Three credits. Taught in English.

Film in the Arab World. Historical, social, religious and political phenomena that shape contemporary cultural discourse, analyzed through film screenings and readings. Gender, radicalization, war and displacement; key historical events such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Lebanese civil war, decolonization, and Islam in the 21st century. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

3772. Stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims

Three credits. Taught in English.

Representations of Muslims in medieval textbooks, 18th- and 19th-century Western travel accounts. Their influence on stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims in Western cinema and media from early Hollywood films to the present.

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