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Fall Academic Term 2003 Graduate Course Guide

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


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Fall Academic Term 2003 (September 2 - December 19)


AAPTIS 403. Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I.

Arabic: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): ( @umich.edu)

Prerequisites: AAPTIS 202. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/aaptis/403/001.nsf

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 440. The Literature of the Turks.

Turkish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/aaptis/440/001.nsf

The objective of the course is to provide an introduction to the literary activities of the Turkish people from their origins in Central Asia around 600 AD to the Turkish contribution to world literature today. Taught in English with English translations of prose and poetry, it will serve Near Eastern Studies concentrators, undergraduates, graduate and other interested students, to savor a literature that began with a few inscriptions and is, today, on a par with the best of literatures, both in quality and quantity. The course will consist of lectures and discussions focusing on background, historical contexts, and critical appraisals of literary material. One focus will be on the dialectics of influence, tradition, and creativity; another will be on performative aspects, orality, and Sitz im Leben. Students will write short papers on weekly readings, and a research paper.

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AAPTIS 451. Introductory Ottoman Turkish, I.

Turkish: Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: AAPTIS 152 or 155. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

First part of the departmental sequence in Ottoman Turkish. This course will introduce students with intermediate or higher-level Modern Turkish to original texts from a wide variety of printed sources. Based on those, it will teach the Arabic script and the essential elements of Arabic and Persian origin in Ottoman Turkish grammar. Materials will be made available through a course website. Midterm and final exam.

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AAPTIS 467 / HISTORY 541 / RELIGION 467. Shi'ism: The History of Messianism and the Pursuit of Justice in Islamdom.

Islamic Studies and Near Eastern History

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Junior standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will survey the history of diverse Alid movements from the assassination of Ali (d. 661) to the crystallization of Shi'ism into distinct political, legal, and theological schools (Twelver, Isma'ili, Zaydi), and ends with the establishment of Twelver Shi'ism as an imperial religion in Safavi Iran (1501-1722). Emphasis on the debate over authority in Islam.

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AAPTIS 469. Islamic Intellectual History.

Islamic Studies and Near Eastern History

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Taught in English. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course presents some of the great thinkers and ideas of the classical Islamic tradition. It explores a number of fields, ranging from law and theology to mysticism and philosophy. The focus will be on a close reading of a number of "great books" of the Islamic tradition, by authors such as Ibn Sina, Ibn Arabi, Ghazali, and Ibn Khaldun. The primary source readings will be supplemented by some modern historical accounts. Two papers, midterm, final exam.

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AAPTIS 486. Topics in Modern Arabic Literature in Translation.

Arabic Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 — Mappings of Arab Renaissance.

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

Prerequisites: Taught in English. (3). May be elected up to three times for credit.

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). May not be repeated for credit.

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 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). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/aaptis/501/001.nsf

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 540 / LING 540. Structure of Persian and Iranian Linguistics.

Linguistics: Persian-Iranian

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Taught in English. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

For students interested in Iranian, Near Eastern Languages, and comparative linguistics. The objective of this course is the position of Persian within Iranic dialectology and the larger context of symbolic and adjacent language groups.

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AAPTIS 541. Classical Persian Texts.

Persian-Iranian Literature and Culture in Persian

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Shayan Afshar (afshar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: AAPTIS 242 or 243. Taught in English. (3). May be elected more than once for credit. Repetition requires permission of the instructor.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This is an advanced reading course in Persian historical and literary texts, both prose and poetry, recommended for graduate students or heritage students with a high school education from Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan or any Persian speaking society. Selections from the following three books will be read, studied and discussed: Hezar-sal Nasr-e Farsi by Karim Keshâvarz, and Ganjineh-ye Sokhan and Persian Literary History by Z. Safa. Course requirements include class participation, a midterm presentation, and a final paper. Presentation and paper topics will be discussed and decided in consultation with the instructor. For additional information, contact Dr. Afshar at afshar@umich.edu.

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AAPTIS 553. Modern Turkish Readings.

Turkish: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): van Schaaik

Prerequisites: AAPTIS 252 or 255. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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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). May not be repeated for credit.

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 567. Readings in Classical Islamic Texts.

Arabic Literature and Culture in Arabic

Section 001 — Muslim Theology.

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

Prerequisites: AAPTIS 202 or 403. Taught in English. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course focuses on the analytical reading of classical Arabic texts from different fields of the Islamic tradition. This academic term the topic will be Muslim theology. This will include a brief historical survey of the development of the theological discourse in medieval Islam along with a thematic treatment of some of the most salient issues debated among theologians. Selections will be drawn from both the traditionalist (Ahl al-hadith and Hanbalites) and rationalist (Mu'tazilite, Ash'arite, Maturidite) traditions. Reading knowledge of Arabic required. Course lectures will be in English. Midterm and brief translation with a critical introduction.

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

Occasional Course

Section 001 — Classical Arabic Grammar.

Instructor(s): Jackson

Prerequisites: (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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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 & Politics in the Contemporary Middle East. Meets with Anthropology 558.001.

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

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

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. Permission of instructor required. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

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 837. Applied Linguistics and the Teaching of Arabic.

Linguistics: Arabic

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and advanced knowledge of Arabic. Graduate Standing. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The main purpose of this course is to provide graduate students, who are genuinely interested in teaching, with basic training in applied linguistics and theory and practice in foreign language teaching and learning with particular emphasis on teaching Arabic to non-Arabs. Topics include: teacher's preparation; Arabic diglossia and its implication for Arabic instruction; learning theories and principles of second language acquisition; teaching the specific skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture; testing and grading; use of audiovisual and technological aids; material development; evaluation and modification of instructional materials. Students are required to read assignments, observe classes and attend special lectures and workshops on campus and to submit brief reports once a week based on their readings, observations, or participation. Towards the end of the course, the focus will shift towards systematic and supervised teaching practice, testing and grading and training in material development. There is a group meeting once a week for discussion and analysis of issues related to the reading assignments or practice teaching problems based on classroom teaching and tutoring. In addition, each trainer is required to provide tutoring assistance, for the maximum of two hours per week, to a beginning Arabic language student who needs extra help. Course grade is based on a weekly diary, lesson plans, materials developed by trainees and participation (50%); a term project involving analysis and critical evaluation of a topic related to language learning and teaching, including development or modification of language materials (50%). Textbooks: (1) Raji M. Rammuny, Annotated Bibliography on Foreign Language Learning and Teaching, (2) CRLT, A Guidebook for University of Michigan Teaching Assistants, (3) Course packet at Kolossos, 310 E. Washington.

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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

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

Prerequisites: Must have a Teaching Assistantship. Graduate Standing. Permission of instructor required. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

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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