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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 0051 Arabic Music Ensemble
Performance of both classical and folk Arabic music. The Maqam micro-tonal scale system as applied to both Western and Arabic instruments. Improvisation, form, style, rhythmic cycles, as well as Arabic vocal diction. Some Arabic Ouds (lutes) to be made available. Cross-listed as MUS 79.

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
The Modern Arabic Literature course offers an introductory survey of major Arabic literary works of the modern period: the short story, the novel and poetry (with a look at other experimental forms). The literature selected represents many of the major figures of Arabic writing, from across the Arab world, spanning from the nineteenth century through the present day. A variety of cultural and social themes will be highlighted, including the way by which colonialism, nationalism, gender, sexuality, and political resistance have been reflected in Arabic literature. Readings will be supplemented with secondary texts and lectures, so as to offer thematic frameworks through which the literary readings will be discussed. In English.

AARB 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 0130 Monsters in Literature and Film
Monsters embody collective cultural anxieties and fears, mark and overstep the boundaries of social normativity, and offer narrative and metaphorical avenues of literary and filmic revolt. Mermaids, Frankenstein’s monsters, and Jinn as monsters that probe rapidly-shifting artistic, political, and social realities. The meaning of monstrosity engages the themes of modernity; war; dictatorship; revolution; decolonization; Islamic and secular feminisms; and questions of gender. The current resurgence of monsters in contemporary cultural production raises questions of queer body politics; literature of disability; and the meaning of citizenship in an age of global migration. Literature and film as parts of a transnational network, without sacrificing cultural specificity. Cross-listed ILVS 130.

ARB 0131 The Fantastic in Arabic Literature and Film
Short stories, novels, and films that feature marvels, spells, magical occurrences, moments of bodily flight, body-soul exchanges, enchanted creatures, and fantastical transformations that disrupt the rules of scientific reality. Connections from the supernatural to political discourses such as the literary expression of marginalized identities, the reimagination of postcolonial ideologies, the construction of indigenous ecologies, and the emergence of post-nationalisms in their local contexts. Cross-listed as ILVS 131.

ARB 0155 Visualizing Colonialism (Cross-listed as CST 0010, ILVS 101 and FMS 175). An overview of the intersection between visual culture and the conditions of colonialism and postcoloniality. Readings and viewings on representations of the non-Western world in colonial-era painting and photography, leading to an examination of the history of colonial cinema, and to later postcolonial visualizations of the colonial period. The development of cinemas of anti colonial resistance, and persisting effects of colonialism and empire in contemporary global visual cultures, including contemporary arts and new media. Materials drawn from a variety of regional contexts, with special emphasis on the Arab world. Secondary readings drawn from anti-colonial theorists and postcolonial studies. In English.

ARB 0157 War and Cultural Memory in Literature and Cinema of the Middle East
Formation of cultural memory and/or memorialization of socially traumatic experiences such as war, viewed through literature and cinema. May include focus on: the Algerian war of independence, the Lebanese civil war, the Iran-Iraq war, the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, among others. Primary texts from these conflicts along with secondary texts on theories of social trauma and cultural memory. In English. Cross-listed as FMS 178 and ILVS 157.

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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