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Fall Academic Term '02 Graduate 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 403. Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I.

Arabic: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: AAPTIS 202. (3).

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: (3).

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: Junior standing. Taught in English. (3).

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: Taught in English. (3).

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: (3).

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: Taught in English. (3).

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: (3).

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: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (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: AAPTIS 404. Taught in Arabic. (3).

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: AAPTIS 202 or 403. Taught in Arabic. (3).

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: Persian 242 or 243. Taught in Persian. (3).

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: AAPTIS 403 or reading knowledge of Arabic. (3).

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 587 / HISTORY 531. Studies in Pahlavi and Middle Persian.

Persian-Iranian: Pre-Islamic Iran

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course has a two-fold aim, the introduction to the Middle Persian language, and the vast literature written in this language by the adherents of two world religions. Zoroastrianism and Manichaeism, the small corpus of Middle Persian inscriptions of the Sasanian dynasty. It has no prerequisites, and is designed for the general student of linguistics, Indian linguistics, history, comparative religion, literature and Near Eastern studies. There will be a special additional component for language study proper.

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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: (3).

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: (3).

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: (1).

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: (1).

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Asian Studies 492.002.

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AAPTIS 793 / MENAS 695 / HISTORY 793. The Study of the Near East.

Islamic Studies and Near Eastern History

Section 001 Culture and Politics in the Contemporary Middle East.

Instructor(s): Marcia Inhorn (minhorn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Middle Eastern and North African Studies 695.001.

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AAPTIS 798. Directed Graduate Readings.

Occasional Course

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT).

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 990. Dissertation/Precandidate.

Occasional Course

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Election for dissertation work by doctoral candidate not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate Standing. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8; 1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

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AAPTIS 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program.

Occasional Course

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Must have a Teaching Assistantship. Graduate Standing. (1).

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The purpose of this one credit workshop is to provide advice and experience for new GSIs by helping them prepare for and conduct class discussions effectively, and to grade students' written work efficiently. There will be weekly assigned readings covering a variety of techniques and strategies for stimulating effective discussion and evaluating students' written work. In addition, each participant is expected to attend at least two CRLT workshops offered in the fall to address related issues such as interactive lecturing, leading discussions, and evaluating teaching; and to share the information which he/she has learned with other classmates. All participants are required to observe each other teaching and fill out class visit reports in order to develop their critical thinking, and to help them analyze and critique the various procedures and strategies used in varying class discussion situations. The final grade will be based on class attendance, performance, oral presentations and summary reports. There will be weekly two-hour meetings for a total of seven weeks.

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AAPTIS 995. Dissertation/Candidate.

Occasional Course

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. Graduate Standing. (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: 8; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.

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