MIDEAST 325 - Introduction to Arab Literature in Translation
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Middle East Studies (MIDEAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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This course explores the progression of Arabic literary culture from early sources to the present through works in English translation. Beginning with an introduction to ancient Arabia and pre-Islamic poetry, we will examine the Quran, Islam, and the literary legacy of the Caliphal periods. The discussion will also focus on The Arabian Nights as an expression of the popular culture of the times, belle-lettrist works, and those of the Arab geographers, scientists, and philosophers. New departures in Arabic literature will be examined within the context of contacts between the Arab world and the West in the modern era. Particular attention will be given to the works of Naguib Mahfouz, the Egyptian winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. Lectures and discussions, along with audio-visual materials, will reference the history of the Arabs and the cultural context disclosed in their writings. Issues relating to translation will also be discussed.

Intended Audience:

All undergraduate students curious about the literature and history of the Arab world

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly


MIDEAST 325 - Introduction to Arab Literature in Translation
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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