AAPTIS 491 - Topics in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies
Section: 003 Origins and development of Armenian Language and Culture
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies (AAPTIS)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
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May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course will survey historico-linguistic and cultural history of the Armenian Highland and the Armenians from the Indo-European dispersal to the Middle Ages. The first half of the course centers on the Indo-European origin of the Armenian language and culture and the problem of the original homeland of Proto-Armenians. The lectures and accompanying exercises are geared towards providing the student with a basic knowledge of comparative linguistics and a sense of its relevance for the study of the Armenian culture. The second half of the course focuses on the highlights of the historical development of the Armenian nation, language and culture, amongst others:

  • Origin of Armenian mythology and Calendar;
  • Invention of the Armenian alphabet by Mesrop Mashtoc` and the problem of pre-Christian writing;
  • The problem of Qarahunj : Stonehenge, myth or reality?
  • The unique cultures of Vichap-stelae and Cross-stones;
  • Armenia (Masis or Judi-dagh?) as the resting place of Noah's Ark.

The lectures will be supplied with illustrative materials: maps, photographs, etc. Throughout the semester students will have a quiz, a midterm, and a cumulative final exam. This is an introductory course: it is not necessary for students to have any previous experience in the study of comparative linguistics and culturology. Taught in English. A knowledge of Armenian is desirable but not required.

AAPTIS 491 - Topics in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (LEC)
TuTh 5:00PM - 6:30PM
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