COMP 233
Introduction to Classical Arabic Literature
Last Offered Fall 2007
Division I Writing Skills
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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In this course we will examine the rich, complex and diverse texts of Classical Arabic Literature. The readings include works that have achieved notoriety outside of the Arab world (such as the Quran and One Thousand and One Nights) as well as works by authors largely unknown outside of the Arab world but canonical in Arabic-language culture such as Imru al-Qays, al-Jahiz, al-Ma’arri, Abu Nuwas, al-Hallaj, al-Ghazali and al-Mutannabi. Women’s literature in this course includes works by al-Khansa’, known for her elegies, and by Wallada bint al-Mustakfi of Cordoba, who contributed to the courtly love poetry of both Europe and the Arab world. Topics for discussion include theological and philosophical queries, erotica, wine, bibliomania and avarice. Our primary texts represent such varied regions as the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Abbasid Baghdad, North Africa and Islamic Spain. Chronologically, the texts range from the sixth century CE to the fourteenth century. All readings are in English.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1358
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: consistent and pro-active class participation, two 3- to 5-page papers, a final 8- to 10-page paper, one short presentation and weekly 1- to 2-page reaction papers
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Comparative Literature or Literary Studies majors and students with a background in Middle Eastern Studies
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Attributes: INST Middle Eastern Studies Electives

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