Winter '99 Course Guide

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

Winter Term, 1999 (January 6-April 29, 1999)

Take me to the Winter Term '99 Time Schedule for Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies.


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

Instructor(s): Eric Hanne

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

Foriegn Lit

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

As an introduction to the Middle East, this course examines the various elements that contribute to socio-political formations in the Middle East. By studying the region's literature, music, art, and film students can examine the important role that the construction of cultural boundaries has played in the political and economic formations of the region. Rather than examining the issues of ethnic and political strife from the vantage point of diplomatic history alone, this class adapts an interdisciplinary approach. The seemingly rigid basis for ethnic and national identification is called into question through the study of feminism, orientalism, and colonialism in the Middle Eastern setting. Students will take a midterm and a final examination.

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AAPTIS 102. Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, II.

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 101. (4). (LR). Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In Arabic 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, weekly achievement tests, periodic comprehensive tests, and a final exam including an oral component. Textbooks: Abboud et al., (1) Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, Part One (Lessons 11-20) and (2) a course pack including supplementary vocabulary and achievement tests.

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AAPTIS 104. Intensive Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic, II.

Instructor(s): Carol Bardenstein (cbardens@umich.edu), Ali Farghaly (farghaly@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 103 or 102. (6). (LR). Laboratory fee ($9) required.

Credits: (6).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($9) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A continuation of AAPTIS 103 especially recommended for students concentrating in Arabic or those who expect to use Arabic. The primary goals of this course are to have students develop the ability: (1) to communicate/speak Arabic with native speakers of Arabic on familiar topics; (2) to understand familiar spoken Arabic; (3) to read and understand the specific content of an elementary level; and (4) to communicate in writing and provide correct responses within the scope of the content of this course. This course is taught in Arabic using a communicative approach emphasizing the use of language. Course grade is based on class attendance and participation, written assignments, tests and quizzes, and three periodic tests. Required text: Peter Abboud et al., Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, Part I Lessons 16-30 and course pack including supplementary vocabulary and achievement tests.

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AAPTIS 142. Elementary Persian, II.

Instructor(s): Elham Panahi

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 141. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~epanahi/ElemPers2.html

This course is the continuation of Elementary Persian 141. All four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) will be emphasized. The class 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.

Instructor(s): Asli Igsiz

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 151. (4). (LR).

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 202. Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic, II.

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 201 or 104. (4). (LR). Laboratory fee ($9) required.

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($9) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Primary goals are to have students develop the ability (1) to communicate/speak in Arabic with native speakers of Arabic on familiar topics, (2) to understand familiar spoken Arabic, (3) to read and understand specific content on an intermediate level, and (4) to communicate in writing and provide correct responses within the scope of the content of this course. This course is taught in Arabic using a communicative approach. Course grade is based on class attendance and participation, written assignments, tests and quizzes, and a final exam. Required text: Abboud et al., Elementary Modern Standard Arabic Part Two, and supplementary vocabulary and achievement tests.

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AAPTIS 242. Intermediate Persian, II.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 241. (4). (LR).

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.

Instructor(s): James Stewart-Robinson

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 251. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Part of the departmental sequence in modern Turkish. The 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, or a midterm and final examination. Books cost $20.00 if not already purchased for fall term.

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AAPTIS 262/Rel. 204. Introduction to Islam.

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

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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 will be covered as well. Quizzes, a midterm, and final exam.

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AAPTIS 272(Slavic 272)/Armenian 272. Intermediate Western Armenian, II.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 271. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course concentrates on reading Armenian texts with commentaries on grammatical and stylistic points, and an equal emphasis on conversation and frequent written work. Grade is based on performance, attendance, and a final examination. The reading material consists of literature appended to Bardakjian's and Thomson's A Textbook of Modern Western Armenian and a course pack.

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AAPTIS 331. Introduction to Arab Culture and Language.

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

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

Upper-Level Writing R&E

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/Reserves/W99/APTIS331/index.html

This course is designed for undergraduate students who wish to explore social, religious, historical, and linguistic aspects of Arab culture through an exciting collection of videos, lectures, readings, and discussions. It includes an Arabic language component focusing upon Arabic sounds, letters, and basic communication needs. There will be an emphasis on developing effective outlining, writing, and oral presentation skills. Evaluation is based on written reports (50%), monthly language tests (20%), term project (20%), and preparation and participation in class discussions (10%). Required text: course pack.

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AAPTIS 332. Introduction to Persian Culture and Language.

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

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

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed for undergraduate students, and aims at providing basic knowledge about a vital linguistic-cultural area which has had a decisive impact on the world throughout history, but about which more misinformation, if any, than facts are commonly known. It introduces the geographic, social, historical, literary, and linguistic aspects of Persian culture, and their sources in the pre-Islamic Iranian world empires, and the Zoroastrian and Manichaean religions. The emphasis will be on the country of Iran, with sections of Afghanistan and the Republic of Tajikistan. The linguistic component comprises practical basic oral and written communication and polite behavior, as well as the study of lexicon, etymology, and loan words, both in Persian, and from Persian in other languages, as a reflection of Iranian cultural achievement, and impact. The format of the course is lecture and discussion, and language practice, with extensive use of supporting audio-visual and electronic material.

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AAPTIS 381. Introduction to Arab Literature in Translation.

Instructor(s): Trevor LeGassick

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

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Materials in English translation will illustrate the progression of Arabic Literary culture from the earliest recorded sources to the present. Lectures and discussion, along with audio-visual materials, will introduce the essentials of the history of the Arabs and the cultural context expressed in their writings. Examination of pre-Islamic poetry will lead to discussion of the religious and historical texts of Islam. The literary legacy of the Caliphal period will be presented. The Arabian Nights will be seen to illustrate the popular culture of the times. Bell-lettrist works and those of the Arab explorers, scientists, and philosophers will be sampled. The contacts between the Arab world and the West in the modern era will be seen to have resulted in new departures in Arabic Literature, with the rise of the play, the short story, and the novel. Particular attention will be given to the works of Naguib Mahfouz, the Egyptian winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Students will write a series of short papers commenting upon aspects of the works assigned. Credit will also be given for attendance and for class discussion. A professor of Arabic literature, the instructor is a much-published translator and commentator on Arabic literature.

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AAPTIS 395. Directed Undergraduate Readings.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

No Description Provided.

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AAPTIS 404. Advanced Modern Standard Arabic, II.

Instructor(s): Ali Farghaly (farghaly@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 403. (6). (Excl).

Credits: (6).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is the second part of a one-year sequence of Modern Standard Arabic whose objectives are to enable the student: (1) to understand main ideas and some details of spoken Standard Arabic discourse involving short stories, descriptions, and communicative exchanges; (2) to narrate and describe daily activities using short paragraphs; (3) to read and understand main ideas and factual information based on texts including edited short narration, description, and travel; and (4) to write summaries of materials read and discussed in class and narrate and describe in paragraph length. The method of instruction stresses the four language skills with particular emphasis on oral and written practice based on selected readings taken from various genres of modern prose fiction and non-fiction and A-V cultural materials. The course is conducted in Arabic and meets six hours weekly. Course grade is based on classroom performance, weekly written assignments and quizzes, a midterm, and three periodic tests. Required text: course pack.

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AAPTIS 433(Arabic 432)/Ling. 433. Arabic Syntax and Semantics.

Instructor(s): Ali Farghaly (farghaly@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 431, and AAPTIS 102 or 103. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this course we will look closely at the structure of Modern Standard Arabic and develop phrase structure rules to account for the basic syntactic structures of the language. We will focus on important areas of Arabic syntax such as agreement, PRO Drop and anaphoric relations. We will also look at Arabic within Chomsky's principles and parameters model. Principles of semantic analysis will be explained, and a framework for describing the semantics of Arabic will be developed using situation semantics theory. Students will have practical assignments for the analysis of Modern Standard Arabic and will compare it to at least one dialect. The course is conducted in English but it is advisable that students should have at least one year of Arabic and Arabic 431. Course grade is based on practical assignments and three short papers. Required text: Introduction to Government and Binding Theory.

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AAPTIS 440(Turkish 440). The Literature of the Turks.

Section 001.
Instructor(s):

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

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AAPTIS 452. Introductory Ottoman Turkish, II.

Instructor(s): James Stewart-Robinson

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 451. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Second half of first-year Ottoman intended to sharpen skills in the handling of a variety of styles, topics, and scripts through the reading and analysis of specially selected texts. Quizzes and a final examination required. Materials cost: less than $10.00 worth of photocopied material.

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AAPTIS 468. Islamic Law.

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

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

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will introduce students to classical Islamic legal theory and the main contours of positive law in the Sunni and Shiite traditions. The seminal controversies and developments of the "formative period" will be explored, reading into an examination of the full-blown schools of law in the "post-formative" era. We will examine such key issues as ijihâd versus taqlîd, the madhhab (or school of law), the legal responsum (fatwa) legal ecclecticism. In addition, a number of areas of positive law will be examined, e.g., marriage, divorce, abortion, child custody, and criminal law. We will also look at developments in Islamic legal thinking in modern times, including some legal responsa (in translation) to some important modern controversies. All required readings will be in English. Two exams and a term paper.

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AAPTIS 470/Hist. 441. The Islamic West: al-Andalus and the Magrib, 600-1500.

Instructor(s): Michael Bonner (mbonner@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 461. (3). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/cmenas/aptis470.html

The recent flourishing of scholarship in medieval Spanish (Andalusian) history has had many good results, including the appearance of excellent books in clear English which can serve as textbooks (e.g., Kennedy, Fletcher) or as the basis of more in-depth studies within the course (e.g., Collins, Wasserstein, Constable, Fierro, many others). This was not at all the case only ten years ago. Medieval Spain now receives much interest as a "laboratory" for questions of minorities, immigration, cultural adaptation, and toleration/tolerance in general. For North Africa the situation is not so fortunate, at least for those who are unable to read Arabic or French; however, a great deal of interesting work has also gone on in that field, some of it now available in English (e.g., Halm, Brett). The joining of Spain and North Africa into a single "Islamic West" comes right out of medieval Islamic geographical conceptions. The idea here is to present a distinctly "western" element of voice within Islamic civilization as a whole. The two areas will receive approximately equal time within the course; at least one lecture will also be devoted to Sicily under Muslim rule, and one more to the syncretic high civilization of Sicily under the Normans.

The backbone of the course will be political history presented in a normal chronological framework. But much, probably most of the lecture time will be devoted to themes including: economic history, developments in agriculture, internal and external trade patterns; developments in the arts, including architecture, visual arts, poetry and prose (much of it now available in good English translation); the Christian and Jewish communities, their relations with the Muslims and their internal tensions and developments; al-Andalus and the Maghrib as frontier societies, viewed in comparative perspective; the "uniqueness" of the Islamic West in relation both to the rest of the Islamic world and to its Western European neighbors.

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AAPTIS 479/Armenian Studies 479. Classical Armenian II.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 478. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Classical Armenian. Emphasis will be on grammar and readings of classical and medieval Armenian texts. Classes will meet three times a week. Students will be assigned homework and will be required to take a midterm and a final. Robert W. Thomson's textbook, An Introduction to Classical Armenian and supplementary materials will be used.

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AAPTIS 487/Hist. 443. Modern Middle East History.

Instructor(s): Juan Cole (jrcole@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jrcole/syl/443syl99.htm

See History 443.001.

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

Section 001 African American Religion Between Christianity and Islam. Meets with Religion 402.003

Instructor(s): Sherman Jackson, Charles Long

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Religion 402.003.

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

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

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

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.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

No Description Provided.

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AAPTIS 502. Advanced Arabic Readings in Special Subjects.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 501. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Students are required to read five pages or more of Arabic text of their choice each week, prepare a short list of basic vocabulary and useful expressions along with an English translation to be distributed to other members of the class; a written summary report is required as well as an oral presentation to the class (not more than 10 minutes in duration); the presenter is asked to respond to questions raised by other class members during a follow-up discussion. General topics will be read by the entire class with an intensive and critical discussion to follow. In addition, lectures will be given in Arabic delivered by guest speakers, videocassettes and films in Arabic of special interest to the students will be viewed and discussed, and there will be group projects. This class should help develop analytical study skills, including critical reading and listening, outlining and note-taking, as well as effective writing and public speaking. The grade will be based on weekly written reports, class attendance and participation, a final group project, and an oral interview.

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AAPTIS 531. Reading Modern Arab Authors in Arabic.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 501. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course 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, poetic voices, 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, critical essays, and poems written by modern Arab authors in the Levant and North Africa since the 'eighties. Recent theories of narrative, and issues of gender and post-colonialism, will be also addressed. The list of authors will include, among others: Huda Barakat, Rashid al-Da'if, Rabi' Jaber, Sahar Khalifeh, Edwar al-Kharrat, Ibrahim al-Kouni, Baha' Taher, Muhammad Shukri. The selected texts will be assigned for reading and analysis, on an individual as well as a group level. On 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.

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AAPTIS 553. Modern Turkish Readings.

Instructor(s): James Stewart-Robinson

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 252. (2). (Excl).

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 Turkish 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 562. Modern Arabic Fiction, II.

Instructor(s): Trevor LeGassick

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 561. Taught in English. (2). (Excl).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Students with a basic reading knowledge of Arabic will be introduced to texts illustrating the rise and current state of the Arabic novel and short story. Emphasis will be placed on vocabulary building and translation.

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AAPTIS 564. Modern Arabic Non-fiction I.

Instructor(s): Trevor LeGassick

Prerequisites & Distribution: AAPTIS 202 or 403. Taught in English. (2). (Excl).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Students with a basic reading knowledge of Arabic will be introduced to texts by major Arab writers illustrating intellectual issues of importance in Arabic society in the modern era.

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AAPTIS 567. Readings in Classical Islamic Texts.

Section 001 Muslim Theology

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

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

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 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 584. Persianate History Through Political and Cultural Texts.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Advanced reading knowledge of Persian. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total 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 cent.). 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 587/Hist. 531. Studies in Pahlavi and Middle Persian.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is the second term of a one-year course. The objective of this course is to improve the knowledge of the Middle Persian language, to read Middle Persian texts in their original scripts, and to discuss their cultural context. The focus will be on Manichaean writings in Manichaean Middle Persian. Given the nature of the material, the form of course is a pro-seminar, with extensive and detailed discussions of the linguistic, literary, cultural, and religious aspects. Students will take turns in presenting assigned tasks.

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