AAPTIS 296 - Great Books of the Middle East
Section: 001
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies (AAPTIS)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The course provides an introduction to literature written in the Islamic world. The course aims to introduce students to one of the richest and most important traditions in world literature.

This course explores the classics of Islamic literature: works that have crossed geographical, historical and linguistic boundaries and made an impact on readers far from the time and place of their writing. Works studied include scripture, poetry, theology, novels, and historical works written in Arabic, Persian and Turkish. The syllabus aims at historical breadth, but is not intended to be a survey. Rather, the readings focus on two themes: justice, governance and the Islamic polity; and love, both mystical love for God and romantic love. We will study works that approach these themes from distinct and widely divergent historical, geographical and cultural perspectives, and that have proved to have global resonance — for a Muslim readership and beyond.

By the end of the term, students will acquire a sense of the historical depth and cosmopolitanism of Islamic cultures and familiarity with some of the most debated issues in the contemporary Muslim world.

All works read in English.

Course Requirements:

Two midterm exams, one final exam, weekly reading quizzes, attendance and participation

Intended Audience:

Intended for sophomores from any concentration, with an interest in or curiosity about the Arab-Islamic world. It is intended for non-majors and assumes no previous study of the Arab or Islamic world or of literature. All necessary historical background will be provided in lectures; all readings in English.

Class Format:

Twice weekly lectures with discussion, each 1.5 hours in length.

AAPTIS 296 - Great Books of the Middle East
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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ISBN: 9780192831934
The Qur'an, Author: a new translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem., Publisher: Oxford University Press 1. publ. w 2005
ISBN: 9780385264785
Miramar, Author: Naguib Mahfouz ; translated by Fatma Moussa Mahmoud ; edited and revised by Maged el Kommos, John Rodenbeck., Publisher: Anchor Books 1st Anchor 1993
ISBN: 9781887752305
The path of sufism : an annotated translation of al-Ghazali's al-Munqidh min al-dalal, Author: Abu Hamid al-Ghazali ; [edited by] Richard Joseph McCarthy., Publisher: Fons Vitae Publishing 1st. 2000
ISBN: 0375761373
The Baburnama : memoirs of Babur, prince and emperor, Author: translated, edited, and annotated by Wheeler M. Thackston ; introduction by Salman Rushdie., Publisher: Modern Library Modern Lib 2002
ISBN: 9780226303109
Ibn ?ufayl's ?ayy ibn Yaq??n : a philosophical tale, Author: translated with an introduction and notes by Lenn Evan Goodman., Publisher: The University of Chicago Press Updated ed 2009
ISBN: 9780691120546
The Muqaddimah : an introduction to history ; [the classic Islamic history of the world], Author: Ibn Khaldun. Transl. and introd. by Franz Rosenthal. Abridged and edited by N.J. Dawood ; with a new introd. by Bruce B. Lawrence., Publisher: Princeton University Press Abridged e 2005
ISBN: 0375422307
Persepolis, Author: Satrapi, Marjane, 1969-, Publisher: Pantheon Books 2003
ISBN: 9780375701610
The white castle : a novel, Author: by Orhan Pamuk ; translated from the Turkish by Victoria Holbrook., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 1998
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