MIDEAST 391 - Humanities Topics in Middle East Studies
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Loyalty and Rebellion in Arabic-Islamic Culture
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: Middle East Studies (MIDEAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
At least one previous course in Middle East studies. Students should not elect the same topic twice.
May be elected twice for credit.
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This course provides students an introduction to Arabic heroic (praise) poetry in translation. Heroic poetry, called madih in Arabic, evolved as a form of art in Arabic Islamic cultures over the course of a millennium. Court poets celebrated the lineage and deeds of great men, thus promoting not only their glory but a particular ideal of heroism. Poets performed their works in public poetry ceremonies where they competed for recognition. According to our sources, later generations of poetry aficionados would reenact heroic poems at late-night parties, which gives us a useful record of reception. This course examines heroic poems from ninth- and tenth-century Iraq in comparison with those from medieval Scandinavia. Students will gain an inter-arts approach to Arabic poetry and explore how verbal art inter-influenced court architecture and handcrafts. We will closely read traditional poems in translation and ask: How were standards of heroism set? How were heroes made--and unmade--in oral performance? We will explore ideas of masculinity and leadership as they evolve and diverge. The course will also emphasize the participation of women and ask: How did they make a name for themselves in this system?

Course Requirements:

All students

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly


MIDEAST 391 - Humanities Topics in Middle East Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Meets-with MIDEAST 595.001 and COMPLIT 434.001
002 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Meets-with MIDEAST 595.002 and AAS 358.011
003 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Meets-with JUDAIC 318.002
004 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Judaic-homed course: JUDAIC 318
005 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Judaic-homed course: JUDAIC 318

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