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Fall '00 Course Guide

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Courses in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies (Division 325)

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Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

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AAPTIS 100/ACABS 100/HJCS 100/Hist. 132. Peoples of the Middle East.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gary Beckman (sidd@umich.edu) , Kathryn Babayan (babayan@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~nes100/

This course will survey Middle Eastern political, social, and cultural history from Sumer (3000 BC) to Khomeini's Iran (1979-89). The lectures, the readings, the visuals (web, movies, slides) are all geared towards providing the student with a sense of the nature of authority, political and cultural styles, the fabric of society, attitudes and behaviors, heroes and villains, that are and were part of the heritage of those peoples who lived in the lands between the Nile and Oxus rivers, generally referred to as the Middle East. Throughout the academic term you will have four quizzes, a midterm, and an accumulative final exam. A one-page synopsis of your readings will be due weekly for your discussion section.

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AAPTIS 101. Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, I.

Language Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (5). (LR). Laboratory fee ($12) required.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($12) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is the first of a two-term sequence in elementary Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). It is designed for those students who want to study MSA for communication and academic purposes. It starts with an introduction to Arabic phonology and script combined with oral basic communication practice. This is followed by situational dialogues and short reading passages including basic vocabulary and fundamental grammatical structures. The course offers combined training in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students are provided with opportunities to practice Arabic through the use of highly-structured drills, contextualized exercises, and supplementary communicative activities. Course requirements include: daily preparation of the basic texts and the grammatical explanations; oral practice utilizing newly learned vocabulary and structures; reading supplementary short texts and situational dialogues and writing answers to certain drills; filling out forms and supplying simple biographical information. Course evaluation is based on class participation, daily written assignments, achievement tests, monthly comprehensive tests, and a final exam.

Textbooks:

  1. Arabic Sounds and Letters. A Beginning Programmed Course (Textbook and Manual);
  2. Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, Part 1 (Lessons 1-12);
  3. Supplementary Enrichment Vocabulary and Achievement Tests to accompany EMSA;
  4. Hans Weher's Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic.
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AAPTIS 101. Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mousamitny Khoury

Prerequisites & Distribution: (5). (LR). Laboratory fee ($12) required.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($12) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is the first of a two-term sequence in elementary Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). It is designed for those students who want to study MSA for communication and academic purposes. It starts with an introduction to Arabic phonology and script combined with oral basic communication practice. This is followed by situational dialogues and short reading passages including basic vocabulary and fundamental grammatical structures. The course offers combined training in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students are provided with opportunities to practice Arabic through the use of highly-structured drills, contextualized exercises, and supplementary communicative activities. Course requirements include: daily preparation of the basic texts and the grammatical explanations; oral practice utilizing newly learned vocabulary and structures; reading supplementary short texts and situational dialogues and writing answers to certain drills; filling out forms and supplying simple biographical information. Course evaluation is based on class participation, daily written assignments, achievement tests, monthly comprehensive tests, and a final exam.

Textbooks:

  1. Arabic Sounds and Letters. A Beginning Programmed Course (Textbook and Manual);
  2. Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, Part 1 (Lessons 1-12);
  3. Supplementary Enrichment Vocabulary and Achievement Tests to accompany EMSA;
  4. Hans Weher's Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic.
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AAPTIS 141. Elementary Persian, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Senzil Nawid

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Persian 143. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Persian has been called the French of the Near/Middle East. Certainly, Persia/Iran has been in the news. Persian is an Indo-European language, related to English, etc. Its literature, like other arts, is a major part of Near/Middle Eastern and Muslim tradition. Persian 141 is the first term of a four-term sequence. It takes the student through to the basic mastery of the skills of reading and writing, and of comprehension and speaking. Cultural as well as communicative skills are emphasized. By the end of the term the student should be well versed in these skills. Individual students work with the instructor to polish and improve the student's Persian language skills. The objective is language use. Students who have special needs, such as those acquiring the knowledge of Persian for reading purposes, only, or for communicative skills, only, will be given special attention and special sessions. Similarly, students of Iranian heritage, who may know some Persian in its colloquial form, will find the linguistic and cultural content of this course stimulating.

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AAPTIS 151. Elementary Turkish, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Turkish 155. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Part of the departmental sequence in modern Turkish language, this course aims at introducing and providing the opportunity to practice the basic structures of Turkish. Although it specifically focuses on enhancing spoken proficiency, reading and writing skills are taught and practiced through special readings and written assignments. Students are evaluated in accordance with the provisional Proficiency Guidelines prepared by the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages, class participation, achievements in weekly quizzes, a midterm, and a final examination. The required texts are named by the person who happens to be teaching the course in a given year.

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AAPTIS 181(Slavic 181)/Armenian 181. Eastern Armenian, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kevork Bardakjian (kbar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in AAPTIS 183. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed for beginners with no previous knowledge of Eastern Armenian (the state language of Armenia). Reading, writing, listening, and speaking are equally emphasized. Homework assignments, frequent short tests, and a final examination are required. Overall performance throughout the year/term and in the final examination and compliance with requirements will determine the grade.

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AAPTIS 200/Rel. 201/ACABS 200/HJCS 200. Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern.

Section 001 Religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Instructor(s): Ralph Williams (fiesole@umich.edu) , Alexander Knysh (alknysh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 200.001.

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AAPTIS 201. Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic, I.

Language Courses

Section 001, 002.

Instructor(s): Muhammad Eissa (eissa@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 102. (5). (LR). Laboratory fee ($16) required.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($16) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is the first of two-term sequence continuation of the study of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) at the intermediate level. In this course learners will continue to build on their acquired proficiency in the elementary level or its equivalent towards achieving more fluency in reading, speaking, writing, and listening comprehension of MSA.

Class time will be devoted to introducing new vocabulary and grammar through communicative tasks and text readings. For each class session, students should allow for at least two hours for homework and other extracurricular activities. Students should take advantage of prearranged activities such as conversational hours, Arabic Circle, and other cultural events.

Class attendance and active participation, home assignments, and extracurricular activities are highly considered in evaluating students' performance. There will be periodic quizzes, midterm and final examinations.

Successful completion of Elementary Modern Standard Arabic or equivalent is required to register in this course. Continuing students who did not take AAPTIS 102 as well as new students are required to take the placement test prior to registering in this course. The instructor has the right to replace students in a higher or lower level should this be for the benefit of the student and the whole class.

Textbooks:

  1. Elementary Modern Standard Arabic. Parts 1 and 2,
  2. Hans Wehr: Arabic English Dictionary, and
  3. Standard Achievement Tests to Accompany EMSA.
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AAPTIS 203. Intermediate Arabic for Communication I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Raji Rammuny (raram@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 102. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The Intermediate Arabic for Communication sequence (Arabic 203 and 204) is designed for students and persons who have completed at least one year of standard Arabic and want to expand their knowledge of spoken and written standard Arabic for communication and career purposes. Arabic 203 provides useful information on all Arab countries and includes topics related to the communication needs of travelers and business people such as obtaining a visa, making travel arrangements, filling out entry and exit forms in airports, making hotel reservations, staying at a hotel, making telephone conversations, ordering a meal at restaurants, etc. The situational-communicative methodology is used throughout the course to help students become fluent in the use of Arabic in communicative situations. Emphasis is placed on listening, speaking, writing, and culture through a combination of video, audio, and text supported by multimedia interactive practice in the computer lab. Course grade is based on class attendance and participation, weekly quizzes, a midterm, and a final examination. Textbook: Arabic for Communication: Language, Culture, and Business (Lessons 1-10).

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AAPTIS 241. Intermediate Persian, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Senzil Nawid

Prerequisites & Distribution: Persian 142 or 143. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Persian 243. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Persian has been called the French of the Near/Middle East. It is an Indo-European language, related to English. Lack, or partial lack, of the knowledge of the monumental historical achievements of Iran is not only due to inadequate coverage by the media, but also to some first and second generation Iranians' failure to inform their children. This course invites students with an interest in world affairs, and those children, and emphasizes not only language, but culture.

Persian 241 continues 141/142. Its objective is to lead the student to the improved mastery of the four language skills comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing. During the course the student will learn higher levels of language registers, will be exposed to samples of Persian patterns of communicative skills via dialog, samples of expository prose, and of literature. Emphasis is on the use of Persian in these four skills. In addition, multi-media exposure, including video and news material via SCOLA and other means are utilized. Persian is the language of the class, with occasional discussions of linguistic matters in English.

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AAPTIS 251. Intermediate Turkish, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): G Hagen

Prerequisites & Distribution: Turkish 152 or 155. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Turkish 255. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Part of the department sequence in modern Turkish. Those who enroll in the course should have completed Turkish 152 or equivalent. All participants are tested to ascertain their levels of proficiency in the language and the results determine the strategy to be followed by the instructor. Normally the first few weeks are devoted to structures and syntax not covered in the first year. The text used for this course is G. Lewis' Teach Yourself Turkish. M. Galin's Turkish Sampler is used for reading. The learning is done through exercises, compositions, reading, translation, and conversation. Student evaluation is based on class performance, written work, a midterm and final as well as a test to determine level of proficiency.

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AAPTIS 271(Slavic 271)/Armenian 271. Intermediate Western Armenian, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kevork Bardakjian (kbar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 172 or 173. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in AAPTIS 273. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course concentrates on reading Armenian texts with commentaries on grammatical and stylistic points, and an equal emphasis on conversation and frequent written work. Grade is based on performance, attendance and a final examination. The reading material consists of the literature appended to Bardakjian's and Thomson's A Textbook of Modern Western Armenian and a course pack.

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AAPTIS 380(Iranian 440). Persian Literature in Translation.

Persian Literature and Culture in English

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Noorani

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided

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AAPTIS 381. Introduction to Arab Literature in Translation.

Arabic Literature and Culture in English

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Trevor LeGassick (tleg@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Taught in English. (3). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Materials in English translation will illustrate the progression of Arabic Literary culture from the earliest recorded sources to the present. Lectures and discussion, along with audio-visual materials, will introduce the essentials of the history of the Arabs and the cultural context expressed in their writings. Examination of pre-Islamic poetry will lead to discussion of the religious and historical texts of Islam. The literary legacy of the Caliphal period will be presented. The Arabian Nights will be seen to illustrate the popular culture of the times. Bell-lettrist works and those of the Arab explorers, scientists, and philosophers will be sampled. The contacts between the Arab world and the West in the modern era will be seen to have resulted in new departures in Arabic Literature, with the rise of the play, the short story, and the novel. Particular attention will be given to the works of Naguib Mahfouz, the Egyptian winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Students will write a series of short papers commenting upon aspects of the works assigned. Credit will also be given for attendance and for class discussion. A professor of Arabic literature, the instructor is a much-published translator and commentator on Arabic literature.

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AAPTIS 395. Directed Undergraduate Readings.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Designed for individual students who have an interest in a specific topic (usually that has stemmed from a previous course). An individual instructor must agree to direct such a reading, and the requirements are specified when approval is granted.

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AAPTIS 401/Hist. of Art 401. The Art and Architecture of Armenia.

Armenian Literature and Culture in English

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Christina Maranci

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (2). (Excl).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~hartspc/histart/F2000/401-001.html

Wedged between the powerful empires of Byzantium and Sassanian and Islamic Near East, medieval Armenia formed a crossroads between East and West. In the sumptuous manuscripts, domed churches, and relief sculpture of Armenia, we will explore the development of a rich and complex artistic identity, at once highly distinctive and also an index of interaction with the cultures of Byzantium, Islam, and medieval West.

The course will survey Armenian art and architecture from the fourth to the fifteenth centuries, AD, examining the development of manuscript illumination, including the lavish tradition of the kingdom of Cilicia and secular cycles such as the Romance of Alexander. We will also consider the emergence of domed, centrally-planned buildings, the proliferation of monastic complexes, the development of relief sculpture, and a peculiarly Armenian type of cross-stone (khatchk'ar). Works of art will be located within their historical and social context, focusing on issues of patronage, cultural exchange, and cultural appropriation.

Christina Maranci is a specialist in Armenian art. She holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University for a dissertation on medieval Armenian architecture and sculpture.

Any questions can be directed to Kristy Demas, Armenian Studies Program Coordinator, at 764-7087 or kdemas@umich.edu.

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AAPTIS 403. Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mousamitry Khoury

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 202. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course emphasizes the use of Arabic language. That is, students will develop the ability to: (1) communicate/speak in Arabic with native speakers of Arabic; (2) understand spoken Arabic; (3) read and understand selected readings taken from various genres of modern prose fiction and non-fiction as well as Arabic newspaper and magazines/ and (4) enhance writing skills. Use of Arabic is emphasized throughout the whole course based on communicative approaches to learning. Course grade is based on class attendance and participation, written assignments, weekly quizzes and tests, and a final exam.

Required text:

  1. Peter Abboud et al., Elementary Modern Standard Arabic Part II (Lessons 30-45),
  2. Supplementary Enrichment Vocabulary to Accompany EMSA, and
  3. Standard Achievement Tests to Accompany EMSA.
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AAPTIS 415. Colloquial Egyptian Arabic, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Muhammad Eissa (eissa@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 202 or 403. (3). (LR).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

While Modern Standard Arabic is the prevailing medium used in books, newspapers, formal presentations, news bulletin in radios and televisions, official documentation etc., regional spoken dialects prevail in daily communication at homes, work places, and realistic media programs.

Egyptian colloquial Arabic is virtually the one dialect that Arabs in all countries can understand. That is simply because of its wide spread use in entertainment program which are heard and/or viewed inside and outside the Arab world. It is also the dialect of Arabic used in the most populated Arab country, Egypt.

This is the first segment of a two-term course sequence introducing Egyptian (spoken) colloquial Arabic. The objective is to enable learners to speak and comprehend Egyptian spoken dialect through systematic presentation of the pronunciation, structure, and situational dialogues in the language. The instruction will make use of audio visual materials rich in cultural content and linguistic support.

Evaluation in this course will take into consideration the vital importance of class attendance and participation. There will be periodical quizzes, midterm and final examinations. Oral tests are central to the evaluating process.

Textbook(s) and A/V material for the course are to be announced later.

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AAPTIS 432. Arabic Phonology and Morphophonology.

Linguistics

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Andrew Freeman (andyf@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One year of Arabic. Taught in English. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2000/fall/lsa/aaptis/432/001.nsf

This course aims at teaching either an undergraduate student concentrating in Arabic or a graduate student in the Department of Near Eastern Studies the Phonology, Morphology and some features of the Syntax of Modern Standard Arabic. The course is primarily descriptive. Very basic linguistics terminology will be introduced as needed. Beginning with a brief description of phonology the course will cover in some detail the sounds and the sound system of Arabic. The unit on morphology will cover: the root-pattern system, verbal and plural ablaut, word formation rules and the non-concatenative morphology of Arabic. The unit on syntax will cover: case and case-marking, word-order, sub-categorization of the lexicon, especially verbs, phrasal verbs and the place of the connectors in Modern Standard Arabic. The grade will be based on occasional unannounced quizzes, a midterm, a short paper (5-10 pages), class attendance, class participation, and a final paper (10-15 pages).

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AAPTIS 451. Introductory Ottoman Turkish, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): G Hagen

Prerequisites & Distribution: Turkish 152 or 155. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Part of the sequence of courses required of concentrators, MA and Ph.D. candidates. The objective is to have speedy access to the printed word in Ottoman Turkish in the Arabic script. Method of instruction is through the study of texts while reviewing the Arabic and Persian elements in the language. It is intended for those studying Turkish for the purpose of reading Ottoman texts and archives.

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AAPTIS 463/Hist. 537. The Near East in the Period of the Crusades, 945-1258.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Adam Sabra

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. Taught in English. (3). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course covers a crucial period of Near Eastern history, during which the medieval struggle between Islam and Christianity reached its height. Topics include the Crusades and Jihad; relations between Muslims, Christians, and Jews; the struggle between Sunni and Shi'i Islam; as well as later developments such as the Mamluk slave sultanate and the arrival of the Black Death in the Near East. Developments within Islamic society such as the creation of the sufi orders, shifting trade patterns, and the structure of cities will also be considered. Paper(s), midterm, final.

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AAPTIS 491. Topics in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies.

Section 001 History & Anthropology of Yemen: from 7th Century to the Present.

Instructor(s): Mikhail Rodionov

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2000/fall/lsa/comm/491/001.nsf

This course examines historical and anthropological aspects of Yemeni society throughout since the rise of Islam until today. The focus will be on the tribal structure and traditional strata of this society, on the social functions and occupations of Yemeni population, on their world-outlooks, values, norms and practices, and on the ways in which they were articulated in different historical periods. Grades will be based on class presentations, class discussions, a midterm exam, and a term paper.

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AAPTIS 498. Senior Honors Thesis.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The Senior Honors thesis is for students who have been approved by the Near Eastern Studies concentration advisor, Honors advisor, and the LS&A Honors Council. The length of the thesis may vary, but 50-60 pages is common. Two advisors should be chosen. The principal advisor is a member of the faculty in whose field of expertise the thesis topic lies, and he or she oversees the student's research and the direction taken by the thesis.

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AAPTIS 501. Advanced Arabic Conversation and Composition.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Raji Rammuny (raram@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 404. Taught in Arabic. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The objectives of this course are to develop fluency and accuracy in understanding, speaking, and writing modern standard Arabic, and to expand students' awareness of Arab-Islamic culture and civilization. The course is based on a variety of literary texts and authentic cultural audio-visual materials including slides, video cassettes, and films. The course materials reflect not only the literary but also the cultural, social, and political trends of contemporary Arab society. Occasionally, students are required to read outside topics and give brief presentations. Evaluation is based on daily preparations, weekly written compositions, monthly tests, and a final paper in Arabic. Textbook is Advanced Standard Arabic by Raji Rammuny. Parts One and Two.

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AAPTIS 563. Modern Arabic Nonfiction.

Arabic Literature and Culture in Arabic

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Trevor LeGassick (tleg@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 403 or reading knowledge of Arabic. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course introduces the work of major Arab writers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Variable in focus according to the interests of the class, readings are selected for translation, analysis, and commentary. The course explores the historical progression in the development of political and societal theories in modern times in the Arab world.

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AAPTIS 568. Classical Arabic Poetry.

Arabic Literature and Culture in Arabic

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Noorani

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 403. Conducted in Arabic. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided

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AAPTIS 581. Classical Arabic III.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Muhammad Eissa (eissa@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 482. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed for students who wish to learn Arabic for academic purposes. We will begin with the sound and writing system of Arabic, paying attention to accurate pronunciation of sounds and writing Arabic words and phrases with a pleasing hand. Then, we will move to reading, translating and discussion short passages selected from the Qur'an, Hadith, and medieval Islamic literature. There will be daily reading and written assignments. Evaluation will be based on class participation and performance, monthly tests, and a final exam.

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AAPTIS 583. Medieval Arabic Historical and Geographical Texts.

Arabic Literature and Culture in Arabic

Section 001 The Nature of History as a Discipline: Arabic Historiography in the Classical Period (up to A. D. 1500).

Instructor(s): Adam Sabra

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 404. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will provide students with an introduction to Arabic historiography in the classical period (up to A. D. 1500). The emphasis will be on the close reading and translation of primary sources including chronicles, biographical dictionaries, the sira literature, and the study of hadith. The theme will be the nature of history as a discipline. How did medieval Arabic writers approach historical knowledge? What was history in their view? Where did history fit in the classification of the sciences? Texts may include works by Tabari, Mas'udi, and Ibn Khaldun. Assignments may include some work with manuscript material. Reading knowledge of Arabic required. Various assignments geared to testing students' ability to use primary texts.

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AAPTIS 584. Persianate History Through Political and Cultural Texts.

Persian Literature and Culture in Persian

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kathryn Babayan (babayan@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Advanced reading knowledge of Persian. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The object of the course is to familiarize students of Iranian and Turkic history with a variety of genres of writings emanating from their shared Persianate cultural spheres. Geographically, it shall scrutinize "texts" from Anatolia, Iraq, Iran, Central Asia and India, those very lands in which Persian became the hegemonic language of politics and literature in the medieval and early modern ages (11-17th cent.). It analyses mediums through which the Persian language became the vehicle for continuity of Pre-Islamic Indo-Iranian conceptions of history, cosmos, kingship, spirituality, and social stratification. The choice demonstrates how the Islamic synthesis between Arab, Persian, and Turko-Mongol traditions are objectified in these particular genres. The following genres shall be studied: court chronicles, "Mirrors of princes", biographies of poets, hagiographies, local histories, religious poetry, disputations and epics, chancellery documents, such as land grants, firmans and diplomatic correspondence. Some readings shall be from manuscripts to introduce the student to paleography. Secondary scholarship will be assigned to place the texts within their wider historical contexts.

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