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Arabic 151 is designed to introduce students to the rich literary heritage of the Arabic language.  The course will span Arabic literary production from pre-Islamic to modern times and will encompass the range of major genres of Arabic literature.  We will place particular emphasis on finding connections between our readings and on understanding their particular place within the social and historical contexts in which they were created, as well as their relevance to readers today. Course meetings will consist largely of small group assignments and class discussion.  Because of the interactive nature of the course, it is imperative that students complete assignments on time and attend class regularly.


Upon completion of the course, students will be able to situate works of Arabic literature within a literary and cultural context.  Students will also learn to consider their own positions as they study another part of the world and the possible ethical implications of their scholarship. They will have advanced their skills in critical reading, literary analysis and academic writing. LA, BN.