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Fall Academic Term 2002 Course Guide

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Courses in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies


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Fall Academic Term, 2002 (September 3 - December 20)


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

General Near Eastern Studies

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gary M Beckman (sidd@umich.edu)

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

R&E Foreign Lit

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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 two quizzes, a midterm, and a cumulative 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.

Arabic: 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 Arabic. It is designed for concentrators and those who need Arabic to satisfy the language requirement. It provides an introduction to the phonology and script of Modern Standard Arabic and its basic vocabulary and fundamental structures. It offers combined training in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. There will be a focus on simple interactive communicative tasks involving teacher-student, student-student, and group interactions. Reading and cultural skills are developed through simple short texts and situational dialogues. There will be daily written assignments involving supplying answers to certain drills and questions on reading comprehension passages, filling out forms, and writing short messages and paragraphs. Evaluation will be based on class participation, weekly quizzes and tests, and a final exam. Regular use of the language laboratory or recorded tapes for home use is required to reinforce class work and also to do the recorded assignments. Textbooks:

  1. Arabic Sounds and Letters. A Beginning Program Course, by R. Rammuny (Textbook and Manual).
  2. Al-Kitab. Part One, by K. Brustad et al. (Lessons 1-10).
  3. Hans Wehr's Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic

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AAPTIS 101. Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, I.

Arabic: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Carol B 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.

This is the first of a two-term sequence in elementary Arabic. It is designed for concentrators and those who need Arabic to satisfy the language requirement. It provides an introduction to the phonology and script of Modern Standard Arabic and its basic vocabulary and fundamental structures. It offers combined training in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. There will be a focus on simple interactive communicative tasks involving teacher-student, student-student, and group interactions. Reading and cultural skills are developed through simple short texts and situational dialogues. There will be daily written assignments involving supplying answers to certain drills and questions on reading comprehension passages, filling out forms, and writing short messages and paragraphs. Evaluation will be based on class participation, weekly quizzes and tests, and a final exam. Regular use of the language laboratory or recorded tapes for home use is required to reinforce class work and also to do the recorded assignments.

Textbooks:

  1. Arabic Sounds and Letters. A Beginning Program Course, by R. Rammuny (Textbook and Manual).
  2. Al-Kitab. Part One, by K. Brustad et al. (Lessons 1-10).
  3. Hans Wehr's Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic

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AAPTIS 141. Elementary Persian, I.

Persian-Iranian: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

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.

Turkish: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/aaptis/151/001.nsf

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

General Near Eastern Studies

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

Instructor(s): Ralph G Williams (fiesole@umich.edu), Sherman Jackson (sajackso@umich.edu), Yaron Z Eliav (yzeliav@umich.edu)

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

Foreign Lit

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

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/religion/201/001.nsf

See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 200.001.

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AAPTIS 201. Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic, I.

Arabic: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

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

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($16) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The sequence of Arabic 201 and 202 is designed for students concentrating in Arabic or those who want to study Arabic for academic and research purposes. Arabic 201 continues the process of acquiring proficiency in the language. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are developed through short texts, drill practice, and communicative activities focusing on the newly introduced vocabulary and grammatical structures. Required outside homework includes daily preparation of lessons, written assignments, regular use of the tapes that accompany each lesson, and occasional extra reading assignments with the aid of the Arabic-English dictionary. Use of Arabic is emphasized throughout the whole course. Course grade is based on class attendance and participation, weekly achievement tests and quizzes, midterm and a final examination including an oral component. Textbook: Al-Kitab, Part Two (Lessons 1-5).

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AAPTIS 203. Intermediate Arabic for Communication I.

Arabic: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 102. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5).

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.

Persian-Iranian: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

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.

This course is designed to lead the student to an intermediate level of linguistic competence in the four language skills comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing and in cultural-social skills. Students will become familiar with higher levels of language registers, including expository prose, literature, and formal speech. Both written and multi-media materials will be applied. The basic required textbook is G. Windfuhr and S. Bostanbakhsh's Modern Persian, Intermediate Level I (with cassettes). The course will be mainly conducted in Persian, with occasional discussions of linguistic matters in English. Grades will be based on attendance, class participation, assignments and quizzes, as well as a midterm and a final exam.

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AAPTIS 251. Intermediate Turkish, I.

Turkish: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

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 / ARMENIAN 271. Intermediate Western Armenian, I.

Armenian: 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 274 / ARMENIAN 274. Armenia: Culture and Ethnicity.

Armenian Literature and Culture in English

Section 001.

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

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

R&E Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Armenian Studies 274.001.

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AAPTIS 285 / HISTART 285. Introduction to the Art and Architecture of the Islamic World.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Sussan Babaie (sbabaie@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History of Art 285.001.

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AAPTIS 291. Topics in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish and Islamic Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 001 Muslim Kingship. Meets with HISTART 394.002

Instructor(s): Sussan Babaie (sbabaie@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History of Art 394.002.

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AAPTIS 335 / CAAS 335 / RELIGION 310. African-American Religion Between Christianity and Islam.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: CAAS 201 recommended. (4). (HU).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will begin with the question of what it means in terms of religious orientation, to be "Black" or "African-American" as opposed to African. It will then trace the development of the uniquely American phenomenon of "Black Religion," beginning in the early 18th century. From there it will trace the rise of Christianity among African-Americans, beginning in the latter half of the 18th century, specifically in the context of its ongoing relationship with Black Religion. We will do the same in the case of the rise of Islam in the early 20th century. We will then assess some of the strategies employed by both of these traditions as they seek to come to terms with the need to privilege Christianity and Islam over Black Religion, on the one hand, without sacrificing or forfeiting the legitimacy conferred by the latter on the other. Textbooks: G. Wilmore, Black Religion and Black Radicalism, R.B. Turner Islam in the African American Experience, and a course pack. Undergraduate concentrators in Near Eastern (Islamic) Studies, Afroamerican & African Studies, Program in Studies in Religion, History and American Studies. Three hours weekly of lecture and one hour of discussion.

Evaluation will be based on attendance, participation in classroom discussions, and performance on exams and term papers.

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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).

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

General AAPTIS

Section 001.

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

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

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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AAPTIS 395. Directed Undergraduate Readings.

Occasional Course

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 403. Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I.

Arabic: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

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 newspapers 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: Peter Abboud et al., Modern Standard Arabic Intermediate Level (Revised edition) Lessons 1-10.

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AAPTIS 459. Ottoman Turkish Culture.

Turkish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gottfried J Hagen (ghagen@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/aaptis/459/001.nsf

An introduction to the Turko-Islamic elite and popular culture of the Ottoman Empire, approached within the broader context of Islamic culture on the one hand and the specific geographical and social conditions of the Ottoman world on the other.

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AAPTIS 461 / HISTORY 442. The First Millennium of the Islamic Near East.

Islamic Studies and Near Eastern History

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Michael David Bonner (mbonner@umich.edu), Rudi Lindner (rpl@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This is the first course in a two-course introductory sequence (442 and 443) that covers Near Eastern history from the era of Muhammad to the present. Our purpose is to introduce you to (and give you some practice in) methods of studying the Near East as well as to some of the content of Near Eastern history; we expect no previous background in the field.

This course begins with the background and rise of Islam and ends in the heyday of the Ottoman Turkish and Safavid Persian empires, circa 1700. Although the basic organization of the course is chronological, we will discuss topics in such areas as politics and governance, religion (formal and "folk," including theology and mysticism), law, foreign relations and war, art and architecture, literature, economics, and social life. The classes will include lectures by (and probably discussions between) the instructors, and there will also be weekly class discussion of the assigned readings. In addition to the final examination, students will be expected to prepare two three-page exercises based on the readings, which will consist of modern scholarly works and translated medieval sources.

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AAPTIS 465 / RELIGION 465. Islamic Mysticism.

Islamic Studies and Near Eastern History

Section 001.

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

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

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Beginning with the Qur'anic origins of Islamic mysticism and its early Christian and ascetic influences, this course will explore the central themes and institutional forms of Sufism, a stream of Islam which stresses the esoteric (mystical) dimensions of religious faith. It will reflect upon the inward quest and devotions of Muslim mystics as these have been lived and expressed in art, theology, literature, and fellowship since the 8th century CE. Concepts of the self, divine love, self-perfection, the mystical path with its states and stages, and mystical knowledge will be introduced through a study of key philosophical and didactical treatises of Sufism as well as specimens from its rich tradition of ecstatic mystical poetry. Course requirements include two short papers, a class presentation, and a term paper. Format: lectures and discussions.

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AAPTIS 475. Rumi and the Great Persian Mystical Poets.

Persian-Iranian Literature and Culture in English

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gernot L Windfuhr (windfuhr@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The 13th-century Persian poet Jalaloddin Rumi was the leading figure in Persian mystical poetry, who fundamentally influenced Persian writing poets and authors from the regions of the Ottoman Empire to the Indian subcontient and Central Asia, and through literary and mystic circles thoroughly shaped and continues to shape the spiritual aspects of the Persiantate world, and the Islamic world at large, to this day. While Rumi was always well known in western spiritual circles, recent translations and studies of Rumi and his fellow mystical poets, particularly in English, have led to a phenomenal increase in public interest in them, to a degree that Rumi has become a top seller in America, which includes not only books but also a large variety of other mediums, and spiritual workshops. This course is an introduction to the Classical Persian mystical poets through translations. We will focus on Rumi as well as on Rabe'e, Mahsati, Sana'i, Attar, and Hafez. We will place each of them in the context of their own time and place, and through close readings and explication of selected texts will learn to appreciate their poetic art and imagery poets. At the same time students will be introduced to major tenets of Sufism as reflected in the visions of these Persian poets, and their role in society to this day. The course will include a final exam, five short (3-4 pp.) essays explicating an individual poem, and a term project (10 pp. limit).

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AAPTIS 486. Topics in Modern Arabic Literature in Translation.

Arabic Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 Mappings of the Arab Renaissance.

Instructor(s): Anton Shammas (antons@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The different histories of the Arab Nahdah (Renaissance) have been mainly a reflection of the different mappings of the problematically complex relationship between the Arab World and the West, in the wake of the French invasion of Egypt in 1798. This course will offer a cultural, literary and intellectual reading of the Nahdah from the standpoint of its forerunners, from Al-Jabarti to Jabra. It will explore some of the traditionally ignored events of the nineteenth century: the publication of the Bulaq edition of alf laylah wa-laylah in 1935; Shidyaq's 1855 al-saq 'ala al-saq; the 1865 Protestant translation of the Bible into Arabic; Bustani's Encyclopedia; the 1882 "Darwin Affair," etc. Besides focusing on the intellectual biographies of some of the "founders," a special emphasis will be put on the emergence of the concept of time in modern Arabic literature, heralding the rise of the Arabic novel as a literary genre. Students will be evaluated through class performance; three, e-mailed short essays on the weekly readings, for in-class presentations; and a term paper.

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AAPTIS 496 / WOMENSTD 496. Gender and Representation in the Modern Middle East.

Islamic Studies and Near Eastern History

Section 001.

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

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

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will examine the many different ways that gender and female and male subjectivities "of" the Middle East are constructed, represented, and deployed in a variety of literary and cultural forms, including the novel, short story, travel accounts, and visual images in film, photography, and painting. Topics we will explore include the veiling of women, genderized and sexualized aspects of the relationship portrayed and enacted between colonizer and colonized in the Middle Eastern context, images of women in nationalist discourse, constructions of masculinity and "manliness," challenges to and subversions of traditionally inscribed gender roles, etc. Close attention will be paid to differences between such representations which emerge as a result of who authors or creates them, and from what kind of gendered subject position European/western men, European/western women, Middle Eastern men, Middle Eastern women.

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AAPTIS 498. Senior Honors Thesis.

Occasional Course

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 M 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 504. Communication Media.

Language Courses

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course reemphasizes developing ease and fluency in listening, speaking, reading and writing journalistic Arabic. Course materials includes authentic news items and radio and television programs which serve as the basis for class readings, discussion, and writing. There will be a special focus on current events and issues in the Arabic media. Course grade is based on course attendance and paticipation, weely oral presentations, a midterm, and a final exam. A course pack will be available at Kolossos, 1214 South University.

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AAPTIS 544. Modern Persian Fiction.

Persian-Iranian Literature and Culture in Persian

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gernot L Windfuhr (windfuhr@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Persian 242 or 243. Taught in Persian. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This is a third-year, advanced level Persian course. It offers an introduction to contemporary Persian fiction and the dominant themes of the cultural and political matrix in which the texts originate. It is taught as a "hands-on" proseminar. Students will take turns in discussing assigned texts, authors, and topics. The language of the course is Persian, with occasional discussions of technical and linguistic matters in English. The required texts and secondary readings include a course pack and readings from books on reserve. Grades are based on class participation, reports and presentations, and a term project.

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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 591. Topics in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 001 Turkish Language and Linguistics. Prerequisite: at least one year of Turkish

Instructor(s): Gerjan van Schaaik (schaaik@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Learning a language, the structure of which is entirely different from one's native tongue, often brings along a number of issues which cannot be explained in a simple way. In this course some basic linguistic notions will be discussed, such as the function and status of grammatical rules, the distinction between inflexion and derivation, and the role of theoretical descriptive constraints. Additionally, we will study how the language system of Turkish is responsible for what you can and cannot say, and the background of certain advanced grammatical Turkish constructions. All this will be abundantly illustrated with Turkish material. Issues and problems about Turkish linguistic phenomena will be dealt with on request.

Dr. van Schaaik earned his Ph.D in Turkish Linguistics from the University of Amsterdam following which he published "Studies in Turkish Grammar" (Harrassowitz). During his stay as a linguist at Bogazici Universitesi (Bosphorus University) in Istanbul, he published "The Bosphorus Papers," and prepared a monograph on Turkish compound constructions, "The Noun in Turkish" (Harrassowitz). He is currently working on a booklet entitled "Basic Vocabulary Turkish which will be published in late Fall in Dutch and German.

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AAPTIS 592. Seminar in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 001 Geographers & Cartographers: Shaping the Premodern World. Meets with History 604.004.

Instructor(s): Michael Bonner, Diane Owen Hughes (dohughes@umich.edu), Gottfried J Hagen (ghagen@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/aaptis/592/001.nsf

See History 604.004.

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AAPTIS 593. Mini Course Topics in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 001 Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy. Mini course meeting through October 25. (Drop/Add deadline=September 23).

Instructor(s): Khaled al Saai

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (Excl).

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will present the basic genres of Arabic calligraphy. It will also teach the basic shapes of Arabic letters and the development of the different scripts within a historical and social context. This will be achieved mainly through lectures, readings, overhead demonstrations, and life demonstrations. We will acquaint ourselves with the basic structures of the Arabic word and sentence and consider the different social and religious contexts that led to certain ramifications within the basic forms of calligraphic scripts which in turn resulted in the development of additional scripts. Attention will be given to the different uses of Arabic calligraphy in the Islamic world. This will involve discussion and demonstration of different styles of architecture, scriptures, textiles, glasswork, war-gear, and jewelry that have incorporated the art of calligraphy. In addition to appreciating calligraphy theoretically, students will acquire the skill of writing Khat al-ruq'a, the simplest style in Arabic calligraphy. Once this style is mastered, students will have the key to assimilating the other styles. It also improves the learner's regular handwriting in Arabic. Students will practice calligraphy drills in class and at home with the instructor's supervision.

Course Requirements: Students will have a quiz after getting introduced to the ruq'a style. The quiz will include transcribing a short saying, poetry stanza, parable, etc. into that style. The theoretical exam will include identifying the calligraphic style of particular passages, its origin, and history.

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AAPTIS 593. Mini Course Topics in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 002 Indonesian Islam. Mini course meeting through October 17. Meets with ASIAN 492.002. (Drop/Add deadline=September 23).

Instructor(s): Nurcholish Madji

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (Excl).

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Asian Studies 492.002.

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