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Winter Academic Term 2004 Course Guide

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


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Winter Academic Term, 2004 (January 6 - April 30)



AAPTIS 102. Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, II.

Arabic: Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 101. (5). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/aaptis/102/001.nsf

In AAPTIS 102, the focus on acquisition of the basic vocabulary and fundamental structures of Arabic is continued through grammar presentations, and oral and written practice based on short readings including simple news items, narration, and description. There is increased emphasis on developing conversational, reading, and writing skills as well as focus on communicative drills and activities involving student-teacher, student-student, and group interactions. Daily written assignments are required involving short descriptions and narration utilizing vocabulary and structures covered in class. Grades are based on class participation, periodic comprehensive tests, and a final exam including an oral component. Textbooks: Abboud et al., Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, Part One (Lessons 13-25). Other sections of AAPTIS 102 are available: 002, 003, and 004.

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AAPTIS 102. Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, II.

Arabic: Language Courses

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Yasmeen S Hanoosh

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 101. (5). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/aaptis/102/001.nsf

In AAPTIS 102, the focus on acquisition of the basic vocabulary and fundamental structures of Arabic is continued through grammar presentations, and oral and written practice based on short readings including simple news items, narration, and description. There is increased emphasis on developing conversational, reading, and writing skills as well as focus on communicative drills and activities involving student-teacher, student-student, and group interactions. Daily written assignments are required involving short descriptions and narration utilizing vocabulary and structures covered in class. Grades are based on class participation, periodic comprehensive tests, and a final exam including an oral component. Textbooks: Abboud et al., Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, Part One (Lessons 13-25).

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AAPTIS 102. Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, II.

Arabic: Language Courses

Section 003.

Instructor(s): Muhammad Ali Qasim Aziz

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 101. (5). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/aaptis/102/001.nsf

In AAPTIS 102, the focus on acquisition of the basic vocabulary and fundamental structures of Arabic is continued through grammar presentations, and oral and written practice based on short readings including simple news items, narration, and description. There is increased emphasis on developing conversational, reading, and writing skills as well as focus on communicative drills and activities involving student-teacher, student-student, and group interactions. Daily written assignments are required involving short descriptions and narration utilizing vocabulary and structures covered in class. Grades are based on class participation, periodic comprehensive tests, and a final exam including an oral component. Textbooks: Abboud et al., Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, Part One (Lessons 13-25).

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AAPTIS 102. Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, II.

Arabic: Language Courses

Section 004.

Instructor(s): Paula Santillan Grimm

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 101. (5). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/aaptis/102/001.nsf

In AAPTIS 102, the focus on acquisition of the basic vocabulary and fundamental structures of Arabic is continued through grammar presentations, and oral and written practice based on short readings including simple news items, narration, and description. There is increased emphasis on developing conversational, reading, and writing skills as well as focus on communicative drills and activities involving student-teacher, student-student, and group interactions. Daily written assignments are required involving short descriptions and narration utilizing vocabulary and structures covered in class. Grades are based on class participation, periodic comprehensive tests, and a final exam including an oral component. Textbooks: Abboud et al., Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, Part One (Lessons 13-25).

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AAPTIS 142. Elementary Persian, II.

Persian-Iranian: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Yashar Afshar

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 141. (4). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Persian 143.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is the continuation of AAPTIS 141. All four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) will be emphasized. The course will be conducted in Persian with occasional recourse to English for grammatical explanations. There will be daily assignments and in-class conversation groups. By the end of the term, students will have acquired an adequate knowledge of all major points of Persian grammar. They will be able to conduct simple conversations in Persian, read non-technical simple prose, and write passages on a variety of topics. Grading will be based on attendance, homework, quizzes, a midterm and final examination. Incoming students may join the class pending examination and approval by the instructor.

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AAPTIS 152. Elementary Turkish, II.

Turkish: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gerdines Johannes van Schaaik

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 151. (4). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Turkish 155.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is the sequel to Turkish 151 and is the second half of Elementary Turkish. We will focus on speaking and writing the language of modern Turkey. Course topics include the phonological structure of Turkish, basic sentence patterns, and basic vocabulary. The aural-oral approach is emphasized and serves as the basic course format. There are tapes which accompany the text, Turkish for Foreigners. Student evaluation is based on written and oral quizzes, and a final examination.

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AAPTIS 172 / ARMENIAN 172. Western Armenian, II.

Armenian: Language Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 171. (4). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in AAPTIS 173.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A continuation of Western Armenian 171. Reading, writing, 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.

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AAPTIS 202. Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic, II.

Arabic: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Oleg Redkin (olred@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 201. (5). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($9) required.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($9) required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/aaptis/202/001.nsf

This is the second course in the two-term sequence of Modern Standard Arabic at the intermediate level. It presupposes, therefore, that students registered in this course will have completed at least one year of Modern Standard Arabic at the elementary level and one course at the intermediate level (or their equivalent) prior to their enrollment. It goes without saying that the targeted language in this course is Standard Arabic — not colloquial.

The approach used in teaching this course is communicative and balances between the language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) necessary for attaining proficiency at the intermediate level. While grammar and vocabulary are not listed among the language skills, they are also emphasized, as they are very important language tools which ensure accuracy and building of a substantial inventory of words and expressions respectively.

Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to listen and comprehend short dialogues, descriptions, instructions, and directions to complete a task. They will be able to read and understand texts containing factual historical information, social and cultural facets of Arab societies, education and university related topics, literary figures in modern Arab societies, among others. Listening skills will include comprehension of short news items biographies, social customs, historical events, directions to complete a task, and simple songs. Speaking will include topics related to personal interest, studies and schooling, work, factual information, and description of recreation activities. Students will be able to write short essays about activities they have done, descriptions using connectors and transitional phrases, summarizations of the opinions of others, and short factual information. In addition to the above, cultural notes are presented regularly to facilitate understanding of the Arab culture as inscribed in language.

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AAPTIS 204. Intermediate Arabic for Communication II.

Arabic: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Khaled M Al Masri

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 203. (5). (LR). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is the second half of AAPTIS 203. It continues the process of developing fluency and ease in the use of standard Arabic for communication and academic purposes. The course materials include a variety of situational topics and authentic reading texts integrated with audio-video cassettes and interactive multimedia drill practice in the computer lab. The method of instruction follows the proficiency-communicative approach with focus on the learners and their needs. Course grade is based on class attendance and participation, quizzes, a midterm, and final examination. Textbooks: Arabic for Communication (Intermediate Level): Language, Culture, and Business (Lessons 8-15); Al-Kitab, Part Two (Lessons 5-10).

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AAPTIS 242. Intermediate Persian, II.

Persian-Iranian: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Yashar Afshar

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 241. (4). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Persian 243.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is a continuation of Persian 241. The emphasis will be increasingly on reading, composition, and dialogue with the objective of achieving intermediate competency. The two main textbooks are Windfuhr-Bostanbakhsh, Modern Persian, Intermediate Level, I, and Windfuhr, Modern Persian, Intermediate Level II. Additional material include tapes and videos. Special needs or interests of the students will be taken into consideration.

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AAPTIS 252. Intermediate Turkish, II.

Turkish: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gerdines Johannes van Schaaik

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 251. (4). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Turkish 255.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Part of the departmental sequence in modern Turkish, this course is designed for students who have completed Turkish 251 or its equivalent as determined by the instructor. It provides further study of Turkish grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Comprehension and oral and written expression will be developed through translations and compositions. Readings will be emphasized. Evaluation will be determined on the basis of class quizzes and performance, and a midterm and final examination.

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AAPTIS 262 / RELIGION 204. Introduction to Islam.

Islamic Studies and Near Eastern History

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/aaptis/262/001.nsf

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Islam as a religious tradition. After examining the fundamental sources of Islam, particularly the Qur'an and the reports about the activities and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, we will discuss how these foundations gave rise to the beliefs and practices of Muslims and to an Islamic civilization with spectacular achievements in such areas as law, theology, science, philosophy, and mysticism. Our emphasis will be on the first thousand years of Islam, but modern developments and movements will be covered as well. Quizzes, a midterm, and final exam.

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

Occasional Course

Section 001 — Introduction to the History of Central Asia.

Instructor(s): Ron Sela

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course offers an introduction to the history of Central Asia, the vast region including or corresponding to present-day Western China (Xinjiang), the Islamic republics of the former Soviet Union (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan), as well as historic north-eastern Iran and northern Afghanistan. Often referred to as "the crossroads of civilizations," Central Asia has witnessed the rise and fall of empires and civilizations (such as Chinggis Khan and the Mongol Empire, or the reign of Timur (Tamerlane) over a vast kingdom centered in the fabled city of Samarqand), of religions and transcontinental trade, and has been the birthplace of a unique merger of cultures (Arab, Persian, Turkic, Chinese, Mongol and Russian, to name but a few).

We will begin our survey with the Arab conquest of the ancient Persian and Turkic societies in the eighth century and end with the collapse of Soviet rule. Special themes that will be addressed include: the region's gradual conversion to Islam, the symbiotic relationship between nomad and city-dweller, the relationship between religion and state, colonization and nation building. No pre-requisites. The course grade will be based upon brief assignments and quizzes (20%) and two major examinations [a midterm (40%) and a final (40%)]. The required text is Svat Soucek's A history of inner Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and a course pack.

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AAPTIS 331. Introduction to Arab Culture and Language.

Arabic Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 — Taught in English.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Taught in English. (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Upper-Level Writing R&E Foreign Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/aaptis/331/001.nsf

This course is designed to give students an extensive survey of the cultural characteristics of the Arab world by situating the practices and traditions of the Arab world into their own unique setting. The material chosen, both for the lecture and for reading, focuses on issues of ethnic diversity that define the Arab world in it particular and place it into a greater multi-cultural realm. Special attention will be given to family, gender relations, national and religious minorities, East-West cultures and relations, the role of the past and of social change, and Arabic art and music. The course material will be explored through lectures and videos supported by listening and viewing guides in addition to discussion based upon the assigned readings. In both their writings and in the class discussions, students discuss the meaning of culture and ethnicity and how misunderstanding these principles can lead to forms of stereotyping, intolerance, and racism. There will be emphasis on developing effective outlining, writing, and oral presentation skills. Moreover, the course is accompanied by an interactive website utilizing the UM Course Tools software. Grades will be based upon class participation, short essays, and a final project. Material: Handouts and web site.

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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 credit for a maximum of 6 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 404. Advanced Modern Standard Arabic II.

Arabic: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Oleg Redkin (olred@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 403. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/aaptis/404/001.nsf

This course exposes student to a variety of reading and speaking activities, listening comprehension passages, and controlled and free writing exercises. Through this exposure, students learn to analyze and use the Arabic language in step with the linguistic realities of contemporary Arab societies. This course equally emphasizes the four primary language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). Students are expected to work independently, with a classmate, or in a group on projects (depending on the nature of the task at hand). Grammar and vocabulary receive their due share in this course. Targeted language in this course is Standard Arabic, not colloquial.

In class, students will hold discussions, participate in role-playing activities, read and analyze texts, and communicate using the target language regularly. Outside of class, students are provided with regular homework exercises, expected to write journals, prepare for the following class, and listen to passages. To reinforce what is learned from the textbook, the instructor will supplement the required text with reading materials that relate to the topics covered in the book.

This is the second course of Modern Standard Arabic at the intermediate level. Therefore, students registered for this course are expected to have completed at least two years of Modern Standard Arabic at the elementary and intermediate levels and one term at the advanced level (or their equivalent) prior to their enrollment.

Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to read and write several paragraphs on familiar and less-familiar topics. Also, they are expected to describe and narrate in different time frames, provide a short presentation (perhaps two, depending on the size the class) on a topic of interest, and be able to listen and comprehend news reports that include factual information, narrations, descriptions, and short lectures.

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AAPTIS 411. Classical Arabic Grammar.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Oleg Redkin (olred@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Three years of Standard Arabic language study. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The main objective of this course is to create a clear systematic picture of classical Arabic grammar. In addition to presenting the basic methodology of classical Arabic grammar, students will be introduced to methods applied to the study of classsical Arabic grammar by Western grammarians. Namely W.Wright's book "A Grammar of the Arabic Language", which summarized almost all Arabic grammatical rules. Along with the basic grammatical rules we will examine various grammatical definitions such as the forms of the triliteral verb, the strong verb, the weak verb, nouns (masdars, adjectives, participles, etc.), the declension of nouns, demonstrative pronouns suffixes, and prepositions. Special attention will be paid to Arabic syntax.

Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to know and understand the basic grammatical rules of the Classical Arabic Language.

Evaluation: Attendance at lectures and participation in class discussion; periodic quizzes, midterm and final examinations.

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AAPTIS 459. Ottoman Turkish Culture.

Turkish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course provides an introduction to the Turko-Islamic élite and popular culture of the Ottoman Empire. The course approaches its subject 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. After a theoretical unit on the significance of cultural history, the course will give a brief framework of political and institutional history. One major unit will be devoted to the social spaces in which this culture unfolds, and to human networks which sustain it: The court, the religious institutions, economic activities, the family. The second major part will discuss expressions of this culture, beginning with the Ottoman manifestations of Islam as the primary point of reference of an Ottoman identity, and then moving to literature, arts, and material culture. The final part is designed to emphasize the diachronic dynamics in order to avoid an "orientalist" static picture. Therefore the internal and external notions of a "classical age" and its implications will be discussed critically, while a last unit will be devoted to westernization as a specific and important strain of modernization in the Near East. Textbook: Suraiya Faroqhi: Subjects of the Sultans, London; New York: I.B. Tauris, 2000.

Requirements: Regular classroom participation and contribution to discussions (20%); for graduate students a term paper no less than 3000 words; for undergraduates a book report no less than 2000 words (40%); midterm & final (40%).

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468. Islamic Law.

Islamic Studies and Near Eastern History

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Sherman A Jackson

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

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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AAPTIS 473 / ARMENIAN 415. An Introduction to Classical and Medieval Armenian Literature.

Armenian Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 — Taught in English.

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

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

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See ARMENIAN 415.001.

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AAPTIS 475. Rumi and the Great Persian Mystical Poets.

Persian-Iranian Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 — Taught in English.

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

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

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 subcontinent 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 read selections from Rumi, Rabe'e, Mahsati, Sana'i, Attar, Hafez, and Jami, and place each of them in the context of their own time and place. Through close readings and explication, we will learn to appreciate their poetic art and imagery. Students with knowledge of Persian will study the texts in the original. 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. The course will include regular brief writing assignments, four quizzes, and a term project explicating an individual poem, or poet, or topic (10 pp. limit), to be presented in class.

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AAPTIS 488. History of Arabic Literature in English.

Arabic Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 — Taught in English.

Instructor(s): Trevor Legassick (tleg@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The texts for this course will be materials in English translation. Introductory lectures will briefly describe the essential features of the Arabic language and the cultural and geographic area to which it gives expression. Readings and discussions will progress in chronological order from pre-Islamic to modern times. The odes of the poets of pre-Islamic Arabia and their roles in their society will be discussed. The fables of Bidpai, translated from Persian by Ibn al-Muqaffa and encompassing moralistic tales of Kalila and Dimna, will be seen to mark the introduction of prose in Arabic. The Qur'an and the biographical literature relating to the life and personality of the Prophet will be examined in detail. Excerpts from both the poetry and the prose of the classical period, including reference to the early Arab geographers and scientists will illustrate the values and concerns of Arab-Islamic civilization. The Arabian Nights, although introduced into popular Arabic culture towards the end of the Baghdad caliphate from eastern origins, will be seen to exemplify many aspects of Arab culture over extended periods of time and place. The contact and clash between Arab and Western cultures since the early 19th century will be seen to have given rise to new forms of literary expression in contemporary Arabic literature.

Regular class attendance and participation in discussions. Presentation of essays to the class. Five essays will be required and will give evidence of close readings of the assigned texts and the use of supplementary materials.

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AAPTIS 491. Topics in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 001 — Travel Literature in Central Asia.

Instructor(s): Ron Sela

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course charts the discovery and exploration of Central Asia by its many visitors-adventures, pilgrims, geographers, missionaries, merchants in disguise, and diplomats and prisoners of wars-from the eighth through the nineteenth centuries. The numerous testimonies left by those visitors will serve as a point of departure for our own exploration of the history of this fascinating but under-studies region.

The course focuses on reading primary sources (in the original English or translated from Chinese, Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Turkish, Latin, German and Russian) which, in addition to underscoring Central Asia's pivotal role as a crossroads of civilizations, will also allow us to evaluate travel logs, diaries, memoirs, and mission reports as sources for the study of (Central Asian) history. We will wonder about the common grounds that modern-day historians and medieval tourists may share, and also introduce the potential unanimity and contrast between inside and outside sources. No pre-requisites. The course grade will be based upon contribution to class discussion (20%), a course assignment (20%), and two major examinations [a midterm (30%) and a final (30%)]. We will use a course packet as the required text.

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AAPTIS 491. Topics in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies.

Occasional Course

Section 002 — Islamic Movement in a Comparative Perspective. Meets with MENAS 491.001, REES 405.001 and ASIAN 492.001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See MENAS 491.001.

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AAPTIS 492 / HISTORY 492 / GEOG 492. Shaping the Globe: Geography and Cartography in the Premodern Middle East & Europe.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gottfried Hagen (ghagen@umich.edu), Michael David Bonner

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will explore the ways in which the world was understood and represented by different cultures, especially Muslim and Christian, over a long period of dramatic change that began with the reordering of the world by two new religions (Christianity and Islam) and culminated in the discovery of two continents (the Americas) and the displacement of the earth by the sun at the center of the cosmos (the Copernican Revolution). Some subjects to be investigated are: (1) how Christianity and Islam reshaped the ancient cosmology and geography of the ancient Greeks; (2) how each culture represented its own physical and moral environment through geographic writing and cartographic representation; (3) how geographic knowledge was developed and transmitted within and across cultures. A primary goal of the course is to show the ways in which geography, which shapes both political and mental boundaries, can provide a key to cultural understanding. We hope to bridge boundaries between disciplines (humanistic vs. "hard" science), media (image vs. text), cultures (Christian vs. Muslim/ European vs. Middle Eastern); and historical periods (Late Antiquity, Middle Ages, Early Modern Era). Readings of primary sources in translation and secondary literature will be made available through a course website. Regular attendance, participation in discussions, short bi-weekly assignments, and a final research paper will determine students' success in this course.

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AAPTIS 495 / WOMENSTD 471 / HISTORY 546 / RELIGION 496. Gender and Politics in Early Modern Islam.

Islamic Studies and Near Eastern History

Section 001 — Taught in English.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Students should preferably have had one course in Islamic Studies. Taught in English. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The general aim of the course is to understand gender roles in Islam, both from a legal and religious perspective, as well as from behind the veil and the walls of royal harems. An introduction to Muslim understandings of gender and sex, first, through a survey of those sacred texts (Quran & Hadith) that came to define gender as well as the roles and mores of women and men in their relationships. Sexuality and the erotic will then be studied through other forms of popular Islamic literature such as "belles lettres" and mystical poetry. Finally, gender participation in the political and cultural life of the Safavi, Ottoman and Mughal courts shall be explored to view the interplay between theory and practice in early modern Islamdom. Weekly readings and preparation for class discussions. A midterm and final exam. One final research paper.

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AAPTIS 498. Senior Honors Thesis.

Occasional Course

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected more than once for credit. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term of AAPTIS 498, the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

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 502. Advanced Arabic Readings in Special Subjects.

Language Courses

Section 001 — Taught in Arabic.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 501. Taught in Arabic. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is open for advanced students who plan to use Arabic for academic and research purposes. It follows content-based, learner-centered methodology. Students select the topics in which they are interested, read 15-20 pages every week before class, and then prepare written summary reports to be presented in class followed by discussion. This course aims to develop analytical study skills, including critical reading and listening, as well as effective writing and oral presentation. Grades will be based on weekly written reports, class attendance and participation, a final group project, and an oral interview. Special features: Course taught entirely in Arabic, ocassional lectures delivered by guest speakers.

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AAPTIS 531. Reading Modern Arab Authors in Arabic.

Arabic Literature and Culture in Arabic

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 501. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course (offered alternately with AAPTIS 569, Modern Arabic Poetry, every Winter) is meant to introduce students of modern Arabic literature to the sheer pleasure of reading, discussing, and writing about a text in the original language. A special emphasis will be put on styles, strategies, and modes of narration, and on the literary and cultural contextualizations of a specific genre. The selected texts, in the course pack, will include novels, short stories, personal narratives, and critical essays, written by modern Arab authors in the Levant and North Africa in the last decade. Recent theories of narrative, and issues of gender and post-colonialism, also will be addressed. The selected texts will be assigned for reading and analysis, at an individual as well as a group level. At the individual level, each student will be asked to focus on a specific text of her or his choice, and present it in class. A substantial term-paper, in Arabic, is due toward the end of the term.

Prerequisite: AAPTIS 501 (if not a native speaker).

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AAPTIS 553. Modern Turkish Readings.

Turkish: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gerdines Johannes van Schaaik

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

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Since this course is part of the departmental sequence in modern Turkish, admission to it is dependent on satisfactory completion of AAPTIS 252 or its equivalent as determined by the instructor. It is designed to further develop reading and comprehension competence in a variety of modern Turkish styles; newspaper and learned articles, political tracts, government publications, etc. The method of instruction is through recitation including preparation, reading, and oral or written translation of texts in class or at home with discussion of grammar, style, and content. Students are evaluated on their class preparation, a midterm, and a final examination. Among the texts used are A. Tietze's Advanced Turkish Reading and a collection of photocopied materials.

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AAPTIS 561. Modern Arabic Fiction.

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). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Selected examples of contemporary imaginative prose writing, such as short and long fiction and drama, will be studied. Readings will be in Arabic, and class discussions will be in English.

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AAPTIS 580 / HISTART 581. Islamic Architecture: Continuity and Innovation.

General AAPTIS

Section 001 — Safavid Iran (1501 to 1722).

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing, and HISTART 285. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See HISTART 581.001.

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AAPTIS 584. Persianate History Through Political and Cultural Texts.

Persian-Iranian 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 credit for a maximum of 9 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The object of the course is to familiarize students of Iranian and Turkic history with a variety of genres of writings emanating from their shared Persianate cultural spheres. Geographically, it shall scrutinize "texts" from Anatolia, Iraq, Iran, Central Asia and India, those very lands in which Persian became the hegemonic language of politics and literature in the medieval and early modern ages (11-17th centuries). It analyses mediums through which the Persian language became the vehicle for continuity of Pre-Islamic Indo-Iranian conceptions of history, cosmos, kingship, spirituality, and social stratification. The choice demonstrates how the Islamic synthesis between Arab, Persian, and Turko-Mongol traditions are objectified in these particular genres. The following genres shall be studied: court chronicles, "Mirrors of princes," biographies of poets, hagiographies, local histories, religious poetry, disputations and epics, chancellery documents, such as land grants, firmans and diplomatic correspondence. Some readings shall be from manuscripts to introduce the student to paleography. Secondary scholarship will be assigned to place the texts within their wider historical contexts.

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

Occasional Course

Section 001 — Classical Persian Poetry and literary texts.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This is an advanced reading course in Persian classical poetry and literary texts. We will read selections from the early Persian-Dari poets such as Rodaki, Abu Sakor-e, Manocehri-ye, Farroki-ye Siistani and Ferdo si (Fardausi) Tusi. We will also read selections from old "literary-history" types, such as Cahar Maqale-ye Nezami-ye Arozi. The aim is not only becoming familiar with the early Persian poets with more of "worldy" content of their poetry and the grand epic of Sah-naneh of Ferdo si, but their language, stylistics, and world view. This indeed is the first part (A) of this reading and study course. The second part (B) will concentrate on mainly Sufi Poets. Recommended for graduates with three years Persian or heritage students with at least High School education. One after-midterm presentation and one final paper is required. The topics of presentations and papers will be discussed and decided in class.

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

Occasional Course

Section 001 — Constructions of Collective Memory and Identity: Readings in Theory and Practice.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/aaptis/592/001.nsf

In this course, we examine a selection of theoretical works on the construction of collective memory, cultural memory, and collective identification and affiliation. Some of our focus will be on the collective configurations associated with the "nation" and nationalism, with accompanying constructions, interrogations, and subversions of national myths. Considerable emphasis will also be placed on modes of collective memory and identity formation other than the national, including but not limited to those emerging in contexts of collective displacement, diaspora, exile, trauma, catastrophe, as well as hybridization, minority configurations, second generation and "post-memory" formation, and collective memory formations around food, music, landscape, etc. (Halbwachs, Nora, Casey, Lowenthal, Connerton, Kirmayer, Hirsch, Schama, Kirmayer, Spitzer, Huyssen, and others).

Against the backdrop of the body of theoretical literature on this topic, we will examine a selection of primary works (novels, short stories, memoirs, films, a range of popular cultural material) and secondary works that articulate and analyze collective memory and identity in very specific historical and cultural contexts. Approximately half of the particular contexts or "examples" analyzed, selected by the professor, will focus on discourses of collective memory and identity from a range of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Jewish collective contexts, including but not limited to those articulated in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust. The other half will be drawn from the specific research interests of the students in the seminar (based on texts selected from their area of research in consultation with the instructor).

The seminar meets once a week for three hours in seminar/discussion format. Students will be required to write one in-depth research paper for this course, and to give 1-2 in-class seminar presentations.

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