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Arabic Course Descriptions


ARB 0001 Elementary Modern Standard Arabic
Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic. Pronunciation, script, basic grammar, and reading skills. No previous knowledge of Arabic language or script required.

ARB 0002 Elementary Modern Standard Arabic
Continuation of Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I. Communicative approach through development of four language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Prerequisites: Arabic 1 or equivalent.

ARB 0003 Intermediate Standard Arabic
A continuation of Elementary Modern Standard Arabic. Arabic grammar, reading and discussion of selected texts. Prerequisites: Arabic 1, 2.

ARB 0004 Intermediate Standard Arabic II
A continuation of Elementary Modern Standard Arabic. Arabic grammar, reading and discussion of selected texts. Prerequisites: Arabic 1, 2.

ARB 0005 Colloquial Arabic: Levantine
Comprehensive introduction to the colloquial Arabic dialect of Levant (Syria/Palestine and Lebanon). Vocabulary, listening comprehension skills, cultural and social communication.
Prerequisite: ARB 2. May be taken concurrently with ARB 3.

ARB 0006 Colloquial Arabic: Egyptian
Comprehensive introduction to the colloquial Arabic dialect of Egypt, specifically the Cairo dialect. Vocabulary, listening comprehension skills, cultural and social communication.
Prerequisite: ARB 2. May be taken concurrently with ARB 4

ARB 0007 Advanced Colloquial Arabic: Levantine
Advanced studies of the colloquial Arabic dialect of Levant (Syria/Palestine and Lebanon). Vocabulary, listening comprehension skills, cultural and social communication.
Prerequisite: ARB 4 or ARB 5 or equivalent.

ARB 0021 Arabic Reading, Composition & Conversation
Emphasis on active control of grammar and vocabulary. Intensive practice in reading, writing, speaking, and translating. Prerequisites: Arabic 4 or equivalent.

ARB 0022 Arabic Reading, Composition & Conversation
Emphasis on active control of grammar and vocabulary. Intensive practice in reading, writing, speaking, and translating.
Prerequisites: Arabic 4 or equivalent.

ARB 0055/ILVS 55 Cultural History of the Modern Middle East
This lecture-based introductory survey course introduces students to the major trends and developments in cultural activities (music, cinema, literature and the fine arts) across the Arab world, Turkey, Iran and Israel from the nineteenth century to the present day. Following each of these fields of artistic expression, this course presents a broad overview of how artists, writers, musicians and others both influenced and reflected political and social changes in their societies. Students will not only learn about the major cultural figures of these societies, but also will come to understand the history of the region in a rich and multifaceted way. Themes examined will include: innovation and reform, political resistance, revolutionary ideologies, the rural-urban divide, transformations of gender roles, the rise of youth cultures, new religious movements, and reactions to consumerism and globalization.

ARB 0057/ILVS 87 Arab and Middle Eastern Cinemas
This course presents an overview of the social role of cinema the Arab world and the broader Middle East (Iran, Turkey, Israel, etc), by presenting a historical perspective on the development and expansion of cinema in these parts of the world, as well as by presenting several thematic windows through which the relationship of cinema to these societies is examined. (May be taken at 100-level.)

ARB 0062 Modern Arabic Literature
Modern Arabic Literature. Please see departmental website for specific details.

ARB 0063 Arabian Nights
A survey of the composition, structure, history, and importance of the Arabian Nights, the famous tales narrated by Shahrazad during 1001 nights, with selected reading of the most important tales. The dissemination of the tales and their transmission to other regions of the world including their impact on other cultures as reflected in writing, art, and film.

ARB 0064 The Literary Qur'an
An introduction to the study of Qur'an with particular emphasis on its exegesis, structures, and literary style. The importance of the Qur'an in Arab literary life and its influence in establishing an Arabic literary tradition. Questions related to its inimitability and sanctity will also be considered. In English.

ARB 0065/ILVS 85 Travel Literature: the Arab and Muslim World
A survey of literature relating to travel writing as a literary genre in the Arab and broader Muslim worlds. An overview of travel writing as a literary form of expression within these cultural contexts' analysis of how travel literature expresses inquisitiveness at the encounter with a different culture; examines how the traveler-writer endeavors to decipher this different culture in the light of her or his own experience and knowledge. Comparison of travel writing from these regions to the genre in other cultural contexts. Issues such as tolerance/intolerance, transience/permanence, and universal/particular as they relate to the literary genres of travel writing in primary and secondary readings. In English

ARB 0091 Special Topics
Selected topics in Arabic literature and culture. Conducted in English. Recent offerings include Arab Culture Today, Love and Literature in Islam: Human and Divine, War Memories: Arab Writing from 1975 to the Present, and The Literary Qur'an. Please see departmental website for specific details.

ARB 0092 Special Topics
Selected topics in Arabic literature and culture. Conducted in English. Recent offerings include Arab Culture Today, Love and Literature in Islam: Human and Divine, War Memories: Arab Writing from 1975 to the Present, and The Literary Qur'an. Please see departmental website for specific details.

ARB 0093 Directed Study: Language or Literature
Guided independent study of an approved topic. Please see departmental website for specific details. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

ARB 0094 Directed Study: Language or Literature
Guided independent study of an approved topic. Please see departmental website for specific details. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

ARB 0121 Advanced Modern Standard Arabic
Intensive practice in speaking, reading, writing and translating Modern Standard Arabic. Focus on contemporary Arab culture through Arabic media. Materials selected from newspapers, short fiction, films, TV programs and advanced textbooks. Written and oral presentations. Prerequisites: Arabic 22 or equivalent.

ARB 0122 Advanced Modern Standard Arabic
Intensive practice in speaking, reading, writing and translating Modern Standard Arabic. Focus on contemporary Arab culture through Arabic media. Materials selected from newspapers, short fiction, films, TV programs and advanced textbooks. Written and oral presentations. Prerequisites: Arabic 121 or equivalent.

ARB 0123/0124 Advanced Readings in Arabic Culture
For students with a good command of Arabic. Fiction, poetry, film, newspaper articles, and journalistic essays. Course work includes careful preparation of texts, intensive review of grammar, oral and written reports.
Prerequisite: ARB 122.

ARB 0155/ILVS 101 Postcolonial Cinemas
This course offers an overview of the intersection between world cinema and the conditions of colonialism and postcoloniality. Beginning with readings and viewings on representations of the non-Western world in early cinema, the course will then move to examine the development of cinemas of resistance and in particular the articulation of Third Cinema in the context of the Cold War. The second half of the course will examine the emergence of postcolonial themes in cinema, examining the treatment of questions such gender and identity, social subalterns, engaging with orientalism, diaspora identity and a range of other issues. Central to the course will be the question: what aesthetic innovations in cinema may be related to the engagement with postcolonial issues?

ARB 0191 Special Topics
Advanced courses taught in Arabic. Please see departmental website for specific details.

ARB 0192 Special Topics
Advanced courses taught in Arabic. Please see departmental website for specific details.

ARB 0193 Advanced Directed Study: Language or Literature
Guided independent study in Arabic literature and culture with readings in Arabic Please see departmental website for specific details.

ARB 0194 Advanced Directed Study: Language or Literature
Guided independent study in Arabic literature and culture with readings in Arabic. Please see departmental website for specific details.

ARB 0196 Arabic Teaching Internship
Arabic Teaching Internship. Please see departmental website for specific details.

ARB 0198/0199 Arabic Honors Thesis
See Thesis Honors Program for details. Please see departmental website for specific details.

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