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Fall '00 Course Guide

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

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/class/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 term you will have four quizzes (10%), a midterm (25%), and an accumulative final exam (40%). A one page synopsis of your readings will be due weekly for your discussion section.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

AAPTIS 101. Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, I.

Language Courses

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.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

AAPTIS 101. Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Carol Bardenstein (cbardens@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($12) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


AAPTIS 141. Elementary Persian, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

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.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 4

AAPTIS 171(Slavic 171)/Armenian 171. Western Armenian, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Armenian. Reading, writing, and speaking are equally emphasized. Homework assignments and listening to tapes on a regular basis, 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.

Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 1

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

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kevork Bardakjian

Prerequisites & Distribution: (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.

Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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), Sherman Jackson

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.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

AAPTIS 201. Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

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 AAPTIS102 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.

Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 2

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 reading. For each class session, students should allow for at least two hours for homework and other extracurricular activities. Students should take advantage of pre arranged activities such as conversational hours, Arabic Circle, and other cultural activities.

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 (AAPTIS102) or equivalent is required to register in this course. Continuing students who did not take AAPTIS102 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 a lower level should this be for the benefit of the student and the whole class.

Textbooks required: Abboud et al. Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, parts one and two; Hans Wehr: Arabic English Dictionary; Standard Achievement Tests to accompany EMSA.

Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 2

AAPTIS 203. Intermediate Arabic for Communication I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


AAPTIS 241. Intermediate Persian, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

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.

No Description Provided


AAPTIS 251. Intermediate Turkish, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

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.

No Description Provided


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

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kevork Bardakjian

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 172 or 173. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


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.

No Description Provided


AAPTIS 383. The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Middle Eastern Literature.

Section 001 Meets with Comparative Literature 430.002.

Instructor(s): Carol Bardenstein (cbardens@umich.edu)

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

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


AAPTIS 395. Directed Undergraduate Readings.

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.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, P/I

AAPTIS 403. Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


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.

Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 2

AAPTIS 451. Introductory Ottoman Turkish, I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


AAPTIS 468. Islamic Law.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Sherman Jackson (sajackso@umich.edu)

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

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


AAPTIS 481. Classical Arabic I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


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): Rodionov

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


AAPTIS 498. Senior Honors Thesis.

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.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, P/I

AAPTIS 501. Advanced Arabic Conversation and Composition.

Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 404. (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.

Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 1

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.

No Description Provided


AAPTIS 567. Readings in Classical Islamic Texts.

Arabic Literature and Culture in Arabic

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Alexander Knysh (alknysh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 202 or 403. Taught in English. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


AAPTIS 568. Classical Arabic Poetry.

Arabic Literature and Culture in Arabic

Section 001.

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

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.

This is an advanced study in classical Arabic literature focusing on poetry from pre-Islamic period through the first phase of the Abbasid dynasty (500-847 C.E.). The content of the course will be selected odes of diverse poets/poetesses representing certain stylistic, linguistic and thematic features of the classical Arabic poetry in general. There will be additional selections of literary prose samples to read, analyze, and compare to the language and style of poetry of the period. (Note that the course will be conducted entirely in Arabic including the final paper).

Method of instruction will be critical reading and analysis of the assigned texts highlighting the intricate issues in language, artistic imagery, stylistic and rhetorical features observed in the texts.

Evaluation will be determined by the students' class participation, oral presentation, and one final paper.

Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 2

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.

No Description Provided


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