Arabic Studies



Adviser:  W. Athamneh

The Arabic Studies Program focuses on the study of Arabic language, literature and politics. It situates the language in the historical and cultural contexts of the modern Arab world.

The Minor in Arabic Studies

The minor in Arabic studies consists of five courses:  four courses in the Arabic language (Arabic 101, 102, 201, and 202) and one Arabic course in English at the 200 or 300 level. Students with prior knowledge of Arabic may, in consultation with their adviser, begin the language sequence at a higher level. Students may substitute an individual study in Arabic for the course in English. No more than two courses taken at other institutions may be counted toward the minor.

ARABIC  101, 102  ELEMENTARY ARABIC  An introduction to the writing and reading system of Modern Standard Arabic, with attention to basic reading comprehension and writing skills. Three 50-minute class meetings per week, plus an additional practicum hour (to be arranged) with an advanced Arabic student/fellow concentrating on speaking and interacting in Arabic.  Four credit hours each semester.

               Prerequisite:  Course 101 is prerequisite for Course 102.  Enrollment limited to 20 students.  W. Athamneh

ARABIC  120  ARABIC LITERATURE AND CULTURE FROM THE QU′RÃN TO MAFOUZ AND BEYOND  Evolution of Arabic literary culture from the codification of the Qur′ân (7th century) to the present, with a focus on the continuity and change of literary styles, the thematic development of literary works, and social and historical contexts. This course is taught in English; no knowledge of Arabic is required.

               Enrollment limited to 40 students.  This course satisfies General Education Area 4.  C. J. Wang

ARABIC  201, 202  INTERMEDIATE ARABIC  A study of Modern Standard Arabic, with emphasis on grammar and expansion of vocabulary, as well as current events and cultures of Arabic-speaking societies. Attention will be given to reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking skills.

               Prerequisite:  Two or three years of Arabic at entrance, or Courses 101 and 102. Enrollment limited to 20 students.  Staff

ARABIC  220  POLITICS AND IDEOLOGY IN LITERATURE ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST (In English)  An interdisciplinary exploration of constructions of Middle Eastern childhood and adolescence in contemporary literature about the Middle East.  The course investigates identity formation, cultural representations, as well as politics and ideology in literature addressing younger readers by examining how texts create a version of childhood and adolescence that prescribes the world to younger readers.

               Enrollment limited to 30 students.  This course satisfies General Education Area 4.  M. Masud

ARABIC  250  MUHAMMAD  For Muslims, Muhammad is the genealogical and spiritual heir to Abraham, the founder of monotheism.  His life inspires millions of people. And yet, Muhammad remains the most misunderstood and mysterious religious figure of all time. This seminar focuses on primary Arabic prose and poetry in English translation, academic works on ″the historical Muhammad,″  the Danish cartoon controversy, films, and new video and musical releases in praise of Muhammad the Beloved.  No knowledge of Arabic required.

               Enrollment limited to 30 students.  This is a designated Writing course.  B. von Schlegell

ARABIC  320  THE CULTURE AND THOUGHT OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST (In English)  An examination of key trends, movements, and events that have shaped the culture and thought of the modern Middle East. We will explore narratives in different genres, including novels, films, and media. Texts under investigation in this course cover a wide array of political, social, religious, and literary topics.

               Enrollment limited to 30 students.  This course satisfies General Education Area 4 and is a designated Writing course.  M. Masud

ARABIC  330  MODERN ARABIC LITERATURE  (In English)  An examination of modern Arabic literary works in poetry and fiction. The course investigates the role of major political events, cultural ideologies, and literary theories and movements in shaping twentieth-century Arabic literature.

               Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Enrollment limited to 30 students.  W. Athamneh

ARABIC  374  THE ARAB SPRING  An interdisciplinary examination of the multifaceted venues in which the Arab Spring is received, reproduced, problematized, and reshaped. The course utilizes literary, cultural, and political theory to explore the diverse factors, sometimes political but not always so, that have contributed to the uprising. This the same course as English 374. Class conducted in English.

               Enrollment limited to 30 students.  This course satisfies General Education Area 4 and is a designated Writing course.  M. Masud

ARABIC  291, 292  INDIVIDUAL STUDY

ARABIC  391, 392  INDIVIDUAL STUDY