COMP 363
Thinking Critically: Major Debates in Modern Arab Thought
Last Offered Fall 2016
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed COMP 363 / ARAB 330
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

The aim of this course is to introduce students to some of the major debates in Arab intellectual history in the 20th century and the ways in which they have shaped Arabic Studies as a discipline. We will read a range of texts from History, Religion, Politics, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Literature, Gender, Sexualities and Women Studies, in order to gain a deeper insight into critical debates about nationhood, modernity, post-coloniality, democracy, feminism, social, political and religious movements, Orientalism and post-Orientalism, and the making of modern Arab subjectivities. In addition to a course packet with selected texts and essays, students are required to read the following books: Ibrahim Abu-Rabi’, Contemporary Arab Thought: Studies in Post-1967 Arab Intellectual History (2004), Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab, Contemporary Arab Thought: Cultural Critique in Comparative Perspective (2010) & Tarik Sabry, Arab Cultural Studies: Mapping the Field (2012).
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 1337
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, three short papers (3-5 pages), and a final 7- to 10-page expansion and rewrite
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: majors or prospective majors in Arabic Studies and Comparative Literature
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARAB
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 363 Division I ARAB 330 Division I

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