Assistant Professor of Arabic
Courses offered in the past four years.
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ARBC 0101 - Beginning Arabic I
Beginning Arabic I
The goal of this course is to begin developing reading, speaking, listening, writing, and cultural skills in Arabic. This course stresses written and oral communication, using both formal Arabic and some Egyptian dialect. Emphasis is also placed on reading authentic texts from Arabic media sources, listening to and watching audio and video materials, and developing students' understanding of Arab culture. 6 hrs lect/disc.
Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011
ARBC 0102 - Beginning Arabic II
Beginning Arabic II
This course is an intensive continuation of ARBC 0101. In addition to the goals stated for that course there will be extra emphasis on cultural skills during winter term. (ARBC 0101 or equivalent).
Winter 2010, Winter 2012
ARBC 0103 - Beginning Arabic III
Beginning Arabic III
This course is a continuation of ARBC 0102. 6 hrs. lect/disc (ARBC 0102 or equivalent)
ARBC 0202 - Intermediate Arabic II
Intermediate Arabic II
This course is a continuation of Arabic 0201. Fifth in a series of courses that develop reading, speaking, listening, writing, and cultural skills in Arabic. This course stresses communication in formal and spoken Arabic. (ARBC 0201 or equivalent). 6 hrs. lect/disc
Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013
ARBC 0221 - Modern Arabic Literature
Modern Arabic Literature
This course is a survey of the most important moments in the development of Modern Arabic Literature from the end of 19th century to the present. We will map the developments, achievements, and innovations by Arab writers against a double background of rising nationalism, decolonization, and wars on the one hand and the idea and experiences of modernity and the west on the other. We will examine works of fiction by both male and female writers including novels, short stories, and drama, as well as poetry representing several different Arab countries. Students are encouraged to read in advance Albert Hourani's A History of the Arab People. (Open to all, no previous knowledge of Arabic is required). 3 hrs. Sem
Spring 2010, Spring 2011
ARBC 0401 - Advanced Topics
Advanced Topics in Arabic Literature
This course is a general survey of modern Arabic poetry spanning the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Students will be exposed to distinctive movements and trends from different parts of the Arab world. We will focus on how poetry reflects major events that shaped the idea of Arab identity in the 20th century through a close study of key samples which trace major social and political developments in Arab society. The class will focus primarily on the basics of academic writing and research in Arabic. Grammar covered in past years will be revised and reinforced. 3 hrs. lect./disc.
Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011
ARBC 0410 - Classical Arabic Prose
Readings in Classical Arabic Prose (in Arabic)
Classical Arabic prose is one of the delights of world literature. A product of the vibrant intellectual climate of the 'Abbasid Caliphate (750 - 1258 CE), Classical Arabic prose embodies a humanistic sensitivity and inquisitive depth that has set the standard for literary Arabic. In this course we will read representative texts from some major genres of Classical Arabic prose: geography, history, philology, biography, and the tradition of courtly belles-lettres. Students will also be presented with the opportunity to read hand-written manuscripts. (ARBC 0302 or equivalent) 3 hrs. seminar.
ARBC 0500 - Arabic Independent Project ▹
Arabic Independent Project
Fall 2009, Winter 2010, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Winter 2014
ARBC 0600 - Senior Project
ARBC 0700 - Senior Thesis Proposal ▲ ▹
Fall 2013, Winter 2014
ARBC 0701 - Senior Thesis ▹