Near Eastern Studies

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




Spring Half-Term, 1998 (May 5-June 23, 1998)

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291. Topics in Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Islamic Studies. (3). (Excl).
Section 101 Islam in America, I: The Immigrant and Expatroit Experience.
This course will review the history, geography, and sociology of Muslim immigration and settlement in America (whether temporary or permanent). Fundamentals of Muslim belief and practice and the nature of the Muslim Umma or community will be surveyed. Special attention will be given to redefinitions of the Islamic Umma in America (tension between Islam as a unified socio-economic, religious, and political entity, versus the separation in the U.S. of "church" and state); Islam's changing religious and social institutions in America (masjid or mosque and Islamic center, Islamic educational and professional organizations, and the role of the America Imam or religious leader); the struggle for individual/social identity regarding traditional gender roles (male honor/female modesty), raising children and preserving the Muslim family in a non-Muslim environment, and the challenge of upholding Islamic Law in business and the workplace. American sectarian developments will also be discussed: The breakdown of traditional sectarian barriers or distinctions (between Sunni and Shi'i communities), the popularity of charismatic and ecumenical Islamic teachings (such as Sufism and the Ahmadiyya), and the development of entirely new forms of Islamic community (such as Rashad Khalifa's United Submitters International). Readings will be in English with some Arabic terminology, supplemented by regular presentations of Islamic musicality in America and films on Islam in the modern world and Islam in the West. (O'Connor)

Section 102 Authority in Islam: From Medieval to Modern Age. This course introduces students to the controversial issue of who should lead the Islamic community. Conducted as a reading course in Islamic history, students will study how religious, cultural, political, and historical influences impacted on the institutions of authority in Islam. Besides studying historical events and individual views, students will learn the "vocabulary of power," focusing on terms specific to the Islamic context. The course will cover from the rise of Islam to the modern period, spending one week for each "period" (i.e., the rise of Islam and the early caliphate, the Abbasids, the Ottoman empire, and the modern era.) Run as a seminar, there will be brief lectures followed by student discussion of the readings for each class. Grading is based on participation, weekly summaries, two oral presentations, and a book review. The readings are in English, and although some knowledge of Islamic history would be helpful, it is not required. (Hanne)
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Summer Half-Term, 1998 (June 29-August 18, 1998)

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101(Arabic 101). Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, I. (4). (LR). Laboratory fee ($12) required.
Arabic 101-102 sequence provides an accelerated introduction to the phonology and script of Modern Standard Arabic and its basic vocabulary and fundamental structures. There will be increased emphasis on developing speaking, reading, and writing skills through simple short texts, situational dialogues and interactive communicative activities. Textbooks: R. Rammuny, Sounds and Letters. A Programmed Introduction and P. Abboud et al, Elementary Modern Standard Arabic. Part One. (Rammuny/Staff)
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102(Arabic 102). Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, II. APTIS 101. (4). (LR). Laboratory fee ($10) required.
See APTIS 101. (Rammuny/Staff)
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291. Topics in Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Islamic Studies. (3). (Excl).

Section 201 Islam in America, II: African American Muslim Communities. This course will review the history of Muslim presence in that community from the slave era, to early and contemporary conversion experience, and to the rise throughout this century of new and indigenous African American Muslim communities. The impact on the African American community of the Ahmadiyya da'wa (mission to teach Islam) in North American will be discussed. We will also discuss the unique outreach of Islam to African-Americans in prison as an avenue to conversion. The "Arabization" of the African American Sunni community will be studied as a process of traditional Islamic education (study of Arabic, Qur'an, Hadith, Shari'a/Fiqh, Sufism, and Islamic socialization). Outside the Sunni community, the process of ongoing prophecy and revelation, and competing systems of indigenous Islamic interpretation will be documented through the devotional literature, music, and iconography of the Nation of Islam, Ansarrullah Community, and Five Percent Nation of Gods and Earths. Islamic cultural diversity will be shown through African American Muslim experience: segregation/veiling vs. non-segregationist/non-veiling, Islamic dress/foodways vs. American dress and food habits, non-politicized Islamic Umma vs. the Jihadist Black "Nation," and Islamic musicality in qur'anic tajwid and Sufi dhikr/sama' vs. African American song, rap and dance as Islamic vehicles of expression. (O'Connor)
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417(Arabic 415). Colloquial Levantine Arabic, I. APTIS 202 or 403. (3). (LR).
This sequence provides extensive oral and communicative practice based on situational dialogues as used by native speakers in Jerusalem, Amman, Damascus, and Beirut. In the first part, the basic principles of pronunciation, grammar and functional vocabulary are emphasized through oral and pattern practice drills. Then emphasis shifts to practical use of the dialect through interactive communicative tasks involving teacher-student, student-student, and group exchanges. There is a special focus on cultural and social conventions. The goal is to develop the ability to communicate with native speakers of Levantine Arabic with some ease. Textbooks: McCarus-Rammuny, A Course in Levantine Arabic. (Rammuny/Staff)
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418(Arabic 416). Colloquial Levantine Arabic, II. APTIS 417. (3). (LR).
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Spring/Summer Term, 1998 (May 5-August 18, 1998)

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