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Arabic (ARBC)

Chair: Professor Clara Hardy

Instructor: Yaron Klein

Adjunct Instructor: Shadi Bayadsy

Arabic Courses

ARBC 101, 102, 103. Elementary Arabic This course sequence introduces non-Arabic speakers to the sounds, script, and basic grammar of Arabic-the language of 200 million speakers in the Arab world and the liturgical language of over a billion Muslims. Students will develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Modern Standard Arabic, and will be introduced to colloquial dialects (Egyptian and Levantine Arabic). Classes will incorporate readings and audio-visual material from contemporary Arabic media, as well as popular music. 6 cr., ND, Fall,Winter,SpringY. Klein, S. Bayadsy

ARBC 204, 205. Intermediate Arabic In this course sequence students will continue to develop their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, while building a solid foundation of Arabic grammar (morphology and syntax). Students will develop their ability to express ideas in Modern Standard Arabic by writing essays and preparing oral presentations. Classes will incorporate readings and audio-visual material from contemporary Arabic media, as well as popular music. Students will also extend their familiarity with Egyptian and Levantine colloquial dialects. Prerequisites: Arabic 103 for 204, or 204 for 205, or language placement test indication. 6 cr., ND, Fall,WinterY. Klein

ARBC 215. Readings in Medieval Arabic Anthologies

The concept of adab as the “liberal arts education” of the medieval Arab world presents itself most vividly in the “adab anthology”. In this genre, medieval Arab authors collected and classified the knowledge of their time, representing a variety of disciplines: literature (poetic, proverbial, historical-anecdotal), Religion (Qurʾan, ḥadīth, jurisprudence, theology), linguistics, as well as philosophy and the sciences. In the class we will read excerpts from the works of some of the major medieval anthology writers: Ibn ʿAbd Rabbihi, Abū al-Faraj al-Iṣfahānī, al-Nuwayrī and al-Ibshīhī.

All readings are in Arabic. Pre-requisite: Arabic 205 or equivalent. 6 cr., AL, SpringY Klein

ARBC 222. Contemporary Music in the Middle East: From Umm Kulthum to Nancy Ajram The Middle East is the home of a great number of musical styles, genres and traditions. Regional, ideological, and cultural diversity, national identity, as well as cross-cultural encounters--all express themselves in music. In this class we will explore some of the various musical traditions in the Arab world, Turkey and Iran, from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Class discussions will involve readings (in English) and guided listening. No prior music knowledge is required. 6 cr., AL, RAD, SpringY. Klein

ARBC 231. Classical Arabic Literature (adab) in the Making This introductory course to Classical Arabic Literature will focus on the emergence and formation of Medieval Arabic belles-lettres (adab). We will read excerpts from adab literature (in translation), and discuss the socio-historical forces and institutions that shaped it: the rise of the urban elite in Abbāsid Baghdad, the patronage supporting scholars, the intellectual gatherings of scholars (the majlis), the book shop, as well as the introduction of paper. We will discuss which materials were admitted into adab, and which were left out (e.g.: A Thousand and One Nights). 6 cr., AL, RAD, WinterY. Klein