Apr 17, 2024  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Courses


 

 

 

 

Applied Linguistics

  
  • APLN 548/5321 - Corpus Linguistics (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      

    Description
    An introduction to the analysis of large collections of computer-readable texts (corpora) using concordance software. Focus on analytic techniques at the levels of morphology, lexicography, grammar, pragmatics and discourse. Pedagogical applications for English for academic purposes and in data-driven learning.

    Cross-listed
    Cross-listed with LING 4211
  
  • APLN 550/5322 - Language Pragmatics (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    Definition of pragmatics. Relation of pragmatics to semantics, syntax and sociolinguistics. Speech act theory. Directness and indirectness. The Cooperative Principle, principles of politeness, Relevance Theory. Cross-linguistic/cultural application. Relevance to language teaching.

  
  • APLN 551/5323 - Discourse of Analysis for Language Teachers (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    Discourse analysis is typically thought of as studying language use above the sentence level. The central focus is on “how real people use real language, as opposed to studying artificially created sentences” (McCarthy, 1991, p.1). This course will provide an overview of the theories and methods of discourse analysis. We will explore various approaches to the analysis of both spoken and written texts and examine practical implications for language teachers and students. The course will be beneficial for students who are interested in conducting discourse based research and who would like to know how to use discourse analysis methods in their language classes.
     

  
  • APLN 525/5330 - Language Transfer, Contrastive Analysis, and Error Analysis (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    The study of language contact and language transfer phenomena. Contrastive analysis and error analysis within and beyond the sentence level. Models, procedures and theoretical underpinnings. Discourse function and organization. Implications for second/foreign language teaching and learning.

  
  • APLN 553/5331 - Sociolinguistics (3 cr.)



    Description
    The effect of social phenomena on linguistic form. Languages, dialects, and speech communities. Multilingual societies, diglossia, code choice. Regional, social, and linguistic variation. Terms of address. Language attitudes. Language and ethnicity. Language maintenance and shift. Language and gender. Language planning and standardization. Sociolinguistic aspects of education.

    Cross-listed
    Same as   .
  
  • APLN 000/5332 - Intercultural Communication (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    APLN 5100 .

    Description
    This course will raise language professionals’ awareness of their own cultural assumptions, sensitize them to the multiplicity of other world views, and equip them with the means to assess and respond to their students’ cultural orientation. The course includes theoretical readings, analysis of critical incidents, values clarification, and experiential intercultural activities and field observations leading to an ethnography of communication which analyzes a given speech community’s communicative norms. The course has four main areas of concentration: a theoretically-grounded conceptualization of intercultural communication, an overview of variations in pedagogical traditions across cultures and ways these can affect language learning effectiveness, a practical component focusing on developing teachers’ own intercultural communicative competence, and a methodological component which explores ways of promoting intercultural communicative competence among language learners.
    Among the concepts covered are macro-level cultural dimensions, cultures within cultures, cross-cultural variability in relationships, transmitting and interpreting verbal and non-verbal messages, managing conflict and face threats, intergroup attitudes, identity negotiation, acculturation, assimilation and ethical considerations in intercultural communication.
     

  
  • APLN 540/5370 - Selected Topics in Applied Linguistics (1, 2, or 3 cr.)



    Description
    Special topics and current issues in linguistics and language teaching.

    Cross-listed
    Same as   .
    Repeatable
    May be taken more than once if content changes.
  
  • APLN 530/5371 - Supervised Study in TESOL (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Consent of instructor.

    Description
    Individual research on a specific area of interest to the student in consultation with the instructor.

    Repeatable
    May be taken a second time if content changes.
  
  • APLN 511/5397 - Methods of TESOL II (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    Survey of approaches to the design and implementation of foreign language curricula and teaching materials. This teaching practicum is a capstone course and  as such must be taken during a student’s final semester in the program. It includes foreign language classroom observations, supervised practice teaching, and materials development, selection, and adaptation.

  
  • APLN 588/5398 - Comprehensives (no cr.)



    Description
    Students who need to complete a comprehensive exam as part of the requirements of their program must enroll in APLN 588/5398  -  Comprehensives (no cr.). This course provides a forum for independent review of the main concepts of the program core subject areas in preparation for the comprehensive examination. The student will take a written examination at the conclusion of the course and must receive a passing grade to be successful. An oral examination is required in addition to the written examination. The comprehensive examination may be repeated once. A student who fails the comprehensive examination a second time would be dismissed from the degree program at the end of the semester in which the examination was retaken.  


Arab and Islamic Civilizations

  
  • ARIC 199/1099 - Selected Topics for Core Curriculum (3cr.)



    Description
    Selected topic in Arab and Islamic Civilizations for the core curriculum.

  
  • ARIC 101/1101 - Children’s Literature and Cultural Representations (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course introduces students in simplified form and content to contemporary literary and cultural theories pertinent to reading and analyzing children’s literature. Topics for discussion will include historical constructions of childhood and the socio-historical contexts for the production of children’s literary canon(s). Through readings to familiar classics we will explore how representations in texts for children (both written and visual) have shaped the different ideologies of identity, race, gender, and nation.

  
  • ARIC 000/1102 - Passionate Love in Arabic and World Literatures (3 cr.)



    Description
    Passionate Love, a subject of interest to all human societies, is the subject of this course. Passionate Love is distinct from other forms of romantic love in that it can cause harm to the lover and beloved, as well as those around them. From Majnun Layla to Romeo and Juliet, passionate love has long been a subject of literary interest and social anxiety. In this class, we will read theories and depictions of passionate love in classical Arabic literature to understand how pre-modern Arabo-Islamic societies understood love as a phenomenon, what role romantic love played in society, and what types of texts dealt with the subject. We will also read depictions of passionate love from other world literary traditions including: modern Arabic, English, Italian, Persian, Indian, Turkish, etc.

  
  • ARIC 100/1300 - Arabs and Muslims Encountering the Other (3 cr.)



    Description
    Surveys Arab-Islamic history from the perspective of the development of the socio-cultural self and its encounters with the Other. Pays special attention to inter-cultural and inter-confessional relations and to how these informed the development of Arab-Islamic identities from the birth of lslam to the colonial period. Major themes include travel and intercultural encounter, polemic, conversion, the treatment of religious minorities, and the colonial subject’s view of the West.
     

  
  • ARIC 000/2001 - Religion and Politics in Islam (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course provides an introductory survey of religion and politics in Islam, from its inception to the modern period. It introduces students to basic concepts and topics in Islamic Studies and societies, such as Islamic law, theology, governance, and politics.

    When Offered
    Fall or Spring
  
  • ARIC 299/2096 - Selected Topics for the Core Curriculum in International/World Studies (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    RHET 1010  

    Description
    Course addressing broad intellectual concerns and accessible to all students, irrespective of major.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
  
  • ARIC 299/2097 - Selected Topics for the Core Curriculum in Arab World Studies (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    RHET 1010  

    Description
    Course addressing broad intellectual concerns and accessible to all students, irrespective of major.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
  
  • ARIC 299/2099 - Selected Topics for the Core Curriculum in Humanities (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    RHET 1010  

    Description
    Course addressing broad intellectual concerns and accessible to all students, irrespective of major.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
  
  • ARIC 201/2101 - Introduction to Classical Arabic Literature (3 cr.)



    Description
    An introduction to the classical Arabic literary tradition through readings of major texts. Prerequisites: Thanawiya ‘Amma or placement examination.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
    Notes
    Taught in Arabic.
  
  • ARIC 202/2102 - Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature (3 cr.)



    Description
    .An introduction to the literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through readings of major texts. Prerequisites: Thanawiya ‘Amma or placement examination.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring
    Notes
    Taught in Arabic.
  
  • ARIC 203/2103 - Classical Arabic Literature in Translation (3 cr.)



    Description
    An introduction to the classical Arabic literary tradition through readings of major texts.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
    Notes
    Taught in English, with assigned texts in English translation.
  
  • ARIC 204/2104 - Modern Arabic Literature in Translation (3 cr.)



    Description
    An introduction to the literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through readings of major texts.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
    Notes
    Taught in English, with assigned texts in English translation.
  
  • ARIC 205/2205 - The World of Islamic Architecture, from the Beginnings to the Present Day (3 cr.)



    Description
    An overview of Islamic architecture from Spain to Indonesia from the 7th century to the present. Major examples of religious and secular architecture, including mosques, madrasas, palaces and caravanserais.
     

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
  
  • ARIC 206/2206 - The City of Cairo (3 cr.)



    Description
    The architectural and urban heritage of Fustat - Cairo from 641 CE to the present.
     

    When Offered
    Offered in the fall and spring.
    Notes
    Classwork is supplemented by field trips on Friday or Saturday mornings.
  
  • ARIC 270-271/2270-2271 - From Andalusia to Indonesia: Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture (3 cr. per semester)



    Prerequisites
    Prerequisite for ARIC 2271: ARIC 2270, or   .

    Description
    Important works in architecture and decorative arts from the seventh century AD to the Ottoman period; artistic achievements of Muslim Spain, North Africa, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia. ARIC 2270 up to 1250 CE; ARIC 2271 1250 CE onwards.

    When Offered
    ARIC 2270 offered in fall.
    ARIC 2271 offered in spring.
     
  
  • ARIC 246/2346 - Survey of Arab History (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course presents the history of the Arab-speaking Middle East from pre-Islamic times to the modern era, with emphasis on some of the principal political, economic, social, religious, and cultural developments and their relevance to the contemporary Middle East. The course introduces students to historiographical methodology and different interpretive approaches. It attempts to foster a critical attitude toward sources and provides a context in which students can apply skills and concepts acquired in other required-core.

    Cross-listed
    Same as  .
    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
  
  • ARIC 320/3020 - Introduction to Sufism (3 cr.)



    Description
    An introduction to mysticism in its Islamic context: a survey of the historical development of tasawwuf, the main trends in Sufi thought and practice, the role played by Sufis and Sufi brotherhoods in society and the Sufi contributions to Middle Eastern culture.

    When Offered
    Offered in alternate years.
  
  • ARIC 309/3097 - Selected Themes and Topics in Arabic Literature (3 cr.)



    Description
    Focuses on one theme in the classical and/or modern period such as love, satire and humor, regional literature, wisdom literature, Sufi literature, tradition and modernity, self and other, alienation and exile. See class schedule for specific theme or topic offered..

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
    Repeatable
    May be repeated once for credit if content changes
    Notes
    Taught in Arabic.
  
  • ARIC 000/3098 - Selected Topics in Islamic Studies (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    RHET 1020  

    Description
    This course will focus on selected areas of Islamic Studies, such as theology, jurisprudence, and issues relating to women and gender. A range of different Muslim and Western approaches and opinions relevant to the chosen topic will be considered, as will as broader social dimensions.

  
  • ARIC 305/3104 - Arabic Literature and Gender (3 cr.)



    Description
    Investigates the construction of gender, both masculine and feminine, through readings in a variety of Arabic discourses.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall or spring.
    Notes
    Taught in Arabic.
  
  • ARIC 306/3106 - Arabic Literature and Film (3 cr.)



    Description
    Looks at the intersection between literature and film as two modes of representation. Readings of Arabic literary texts, and in class screenings of films.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall or spring.
    Notes
    Taught in Arabic.
  
  • ARIC 307/3107 - The Writer and the State (3 cr.)



    Description
    Explores the nature of the relationship between writers and authority, in allegiance or in opposition.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall or spring.
    Notes
    Taught in Arabic
  
  • ARIC 308/3108 - Colloquial and Folk Literature (3 cr.)



    Description
    Arabic colloquial and folk literature through the study of various genres.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall or spring.
    Notes
    Taught in Arabic.
  
  • ARIC 000/3109 - The World of Mahfouz (3 cr.)



    Description
    This is a course proposed for the core curriculum, Egypt category, secondary level. The course introduces students to the work of novelist Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006). It is based on an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together literary studies, film studies and history. Students will conduct in-depth readings of Mahfouz’s novels and short stories and learn how to analyze them. They will also watch and study a number of films and drama series episodes adapted from his novels. They will learn about the multiple facets of Mahfouz’s career, including his contributions as a scriptwriter, the historical events he witnessed and how all of this shaped his writings. The course includes lectures by guest speakers and a field trip. All readings are in translation.

  
  • ARIC 314/3114 - The Arabic Novel (3 cr.)



    Description
    Study of different trends in the Arabic novel. In-depth reading of major modern Arab novelists.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall or spring.
    Notes
    Taught in Arabic.
  
  • ARIC 315/3115 - Arabic Drama (3 cr.)



    Description
    Study of Arabic drama through readings of major texts.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall or spring.
    Notes
    Taught in Arabic.
  
  • ARIC 316/3116 - The Arabic Short Story (3 cr.)



    Description
    Study of the short story as a genre in modern Arabic literature. In-depth reading of major short story writers.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall or spring.
    Notes
    Taught in Arabic.
  
  • ARIC 310/3197 - Selected Themes and Topics in Arabic Literature in Translation (3 cr.)



    Description
    Focuses on one theme or topic in the classical and/or modern period such as political poetry, village and city, literature of place, Arab women writing. See class schedule for specific theme or topic offered.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall or spring.
    Repeatable
    May be repeated once for credit if content changes
    Notes
    Taught in English, with assigned texts in English translation.
  
  • ARIC 000/3267 - Arts of the Loom: Carpets and Textiles of the Islamic World (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course serves as an introduction to the world of Islamic art, through the lens of the arts of the loom. Classroom sessions are complemented by field trips to local museums.

  
  • ARIC 368/3268 - The Art of the Book in the Islamic World (3 cr.)



    Description
    While focusing on Persian book painting from the Mongols to the Safavids, the course will also briefly consider Arab, Turkish and Mughal arts of the book. In addition to the history of painting it explores matters related to patronage, book production, calligraphy and illumination.

  
  • ARIC 369/3269 - The Arts of Fire: Ceramics and Glass of the Islamic World (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    ARIC 2270-2271  

    Description
    This course surveys ceramics and glass of the Islamic world from the 7th to the 18th centuries, tracing the technical and artistic innovations of the medium. Visits to local museums will enhance the student’s appreciation of the subject.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally
  
  • ARIC 370/3270 - The Age of Transition: Early Islamic Art and the Pre-Islamic Past (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    ARIC 2270

    Description
    This course examines the formation of Islamic art and architecture during the critical period of transition from the seventh to tenth centuries and explores the role played by antecedent cultures in this formation.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
  
  • ARIC 321/3271 - Building for Islam: Architecture of the Early Caliphates in Egypt and Syria (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course examines developments in the Islamic architecture and decorative styles in Egypt and Syria through the late 12th century, under the Umayyad, Abbasid and Fatimid dynasties, and features field trips to Cairo monuments.

  
  • ARIC 372/3272 - Building the Sultanate: Architecture under the Ayyubids and Mamluks in Egypt and Syria (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course examines developments in the Islamic architecture and decorative styles in Egypt and Syria under the Ayyubid and Mamluk dynaties (late 12th - early 16th centuries), and features field trips to Cairo monuments.

  
  • ARIC 000/3273 - Building Under Empire: Ottoman-Period Architecture in Egypt and Syria (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    ARIC 2270-2271   or ARIC 2206  

    Description
    This course examines developments in the Islamic architecture and decorative styles in Egypt and Syria during the period of Ottoman rule, and features field trips to Cairo monuments.

  
  • ARIC 319/3319 - Islamic Spain and North Africa (711-1492 A.D.) (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course is an introduction to the political, economic, social, and cultural history of Muslim Spain and North Africa. Its emphasis is on explaining how interactions among different ethnic groups (Arabs, Berbers, and Iberian natives) and different confessional communities (Jews, Christians, and Muslims) created social situations that made the Western Muslim lands unique in Islamic history.

    Cross-listed
    Same as  .
  
  • ARIC 321/3321 - Zawiyas, Harems, Coffee shops, Everyday Life in the Pre-Modern Mideast (3 cr.)



    Description
    Examination of major trends in social and cultural trends, movements, and institutions in the medieval and early modern Middle East. Includes the interpretation of cultural identity, the transmission of knowledge and culture, the construction of social status, and the integration or marginalization of specific social groups in family, social and state structures.

    Cross-listed
    Same as HIST 3215  
    When Offered
    Offered in alternate years.
  
  • ARIC 322/3322 - Land, Trade and Power: a History of Economic Relations in the Middle East, 600-1800 A.D. (3 cr.)



    Description
    Examination of the major economic structures in the Middle East prior to the modern period: the consideration of land as a major resource, structures for its management and the competition to control it. The organization of trade and commerce, including the role of merchant communities and their place in society.

    When Offered
    Offered in alternate years.
  
  • ARIC 323/3323 - Marriage and the Family in the Medieval and Early Modern Middle East (3 cr.)



    Description
    Examination of the perspectives and approaches which define marriage, the family, the household and private life in the Middle East; the study of these questions in relation to larger issues such as Islamic law and changing social, political and economic structures, and how these are interlinked with family structure, sexual segregation, definitions of private and public. Sources include travellers’ accounts, legal works, architecture, deeds of pious foundations, and court records.

    When Offered
    Offered in alternate years.
  
  • ARIC 324/3324 - Non-Muslim Communities in the Muslim World (3 cr.)



    Description
    Examination of the history of non-Muslim communities in the Muslim world, with special focus on Egypt. Study of legal status, issues of identity and assimilation, contribution to the cultural life and social life of societies, participation in Mediterranean trade, and interaction and relations between non-Muslim communities and Muslims as well as the non-Muslim world.

    When Offered
    Offered in alternate years
  
  • ARIC 325/3325 - Beggars, Madmen, Prostitutes: the Marginalized in Pre-Modern Mideast History. (3 cr.)



    Description
    The course will examine the place of marginals both in the sense of those people who are socially marginalized like beggars, people suffering from poverty, insane persons, or people who for any reason are not socially integrated. It may include those who do not have a place in history because they do not make use of the written word, such as peasants or rural communities.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall.
  
  • ARIC 336/3336 - Studies in Ibn Khaldun (3 cr.)



    Description
    Examination of Ibn Khaldun’s work, his place in Arab Muslim thought, and his value as a critic of Muslim culture and institutions.

    When Offered
    Offered in alternate years.
  
  • ARIC 337/3337 - Shi’i Muslims in History (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course focuses on the historical roles of Shi’i Muslims from the seventh century to the present. The aim of the course is to familiarize the student with the major Shi’i discourses as they evolved in specific historical contexts. While emphasis will be on the historical development of Twelver Shi’ism, other important groups such as the Ismai’liyya and the Zaydiyya will also receive due consideration.

    Cross-listed
    Same as HIST 3216  
  
  • ARIC 343/3343 - Birth of Muslim Community and Rise of the Arab Caliphates (3 cr.)



    Description
    The rise of Islam and Arab expansion, the classical period of Islamic civilization during its first centuries to the period of Abbasid political disintegration.

    Cross-listed
    Same as  .
    When Offered
    Offered in fall.
  
  • ARIC 344/3344 - Caliphs and Sultans in the Age of Crusades and Mongols (3 cr.)



    Description
    The later Abbasid caliphate, the rise of Shi’ism and the Fatimids, Sunni consolidation under the Seljuks and Ayyubids, external threats to dar al-Islam; the rise of the Mamluks.

    Cross-listed
    Same as  .
    When Offered
    Offered in alternate years.
  
  • ARIC 345/3345 - Gunpowder Empires: Ottomans, Safavids and Mughols (3 cr.)



    Description
    The decline of the Mamluks; the Timurids in Persia; the age of gunpowder: the Safavid, Ottoman, and Moghul empires and their decline.

    Cross-listed
    Same as  .
    When Offered
    Offered in fall.
  
  • ARIC 000/3346 - Egypt since the Arab Conquest (3 cr.)



    Description
    ARIC 3346 offers an overview of the history of Egypt from the Arab conquests of the seventh century to the beginnings of the modern period. It aims to familiarize students with major developments in the history of Egypt within the Arabic speaking world. It also aims to introduce them to history as a discipline and to encourage and develop their critical reading and critical thinking abilities.

  
  • ARIC 353/3353 - Muslim Political Thought (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course examines the development of Islamic Political thought from the rise of Islam to the present. The development of the Muslim Umma, and the theories of the Caliphate and Muslim states are analyzed. Political theories formulated by medieval Muslim scholars and different sects are examined in detail. Special attention is given to their relevance to modern and contemporary thought.

    When Offered
    Offered in Fall and Spring.
    Notes
    Source readings in Arabic or in translation.
  
  • ARIC 355/3355 - State and Society in the Middle East, 1699-1914 (3 cr.)



    Description
    The Ottoman Empire and Iran: continuities and transformations. Imperial administration and relations with Europe. Challenges to the premodern order: regional and global economies; social and cultural trends.

    Cross-listed
    Same as  .
    When Offered
    Offered once a year.
  
  • ARIC 356/3356 - State and Society in the Middle East, 1906-present (3 cr.)



    Description
    Beginning with the Young Turk and Iran’s Constitutional revolutions, this course follows the fate of Middle Eastern societies and states during the twentieth century, with a special focus on colonialism and nationalism; independence movements and decolonization; the Arab-Israeli conflict; society, politics, and culture.

    Cross-listed
    Same as  .
    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
  
  • ARIC 357/3397 - Selected topic in Middle East History (3 cr.)



    Description
    Focuses on theme or topic in the history of the Middle East. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.
     

    Cross-listed
    Same as  .
    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
  
  • ARIC 354/3405 - Islamic Philosophy (3cr.)



    Prerequisites
      or    or consent of instructor.

    Description
    A survey of the rational and spiritual dimension of the Arab-Islamic civilization as shown in the thought and ideas of major theologians, philosophers, and mystics.

    Cross-listed
    Same as  .
    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
  
  • ARIC 335/3435 - Introduction to the Study of Islam (3 cr.)



    Description
    A survey of Islam and its history from the formative period to its manifestations in modern times, with a discussion of sectarian movements such as Kharijism, Shi’ism and Sunnism, various schools of thought in law, theology, philosophy and mysticism, as well as modern interpretations of Islam, especially with regard to political, social and gender issues.

    When Offered
    Offered in spring.
  
  • ARIC 400/5100 - Independent Study (1-3 cr.)



    Description
    In exceptional circumstances, some senior majors may, with department approval, arrange to study beyond the regular course offerings.

    Repeatable
    May be repeated for credit if content changes
    Notes
    Open only to senior majors with a minimum of B average.
  
  • ARIC 463/5101 - Selected Topics in the History of Islamic Thought and Institutions (3cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

    Cross-listed
    Same as  .
    When Offered
    Offered in spring.
    Repeatable
    May be repeated for credit when content changes.
  
  • ARIC 000/5102 - Cairo in the Cultural Imaginary (3 cr.)



    Description
    “Cairo in the Cultural Imaginary” is conceived as an interdisciplinary, 4000-level, capstone course designed to provide a framework within which students can re-experience Cairo by analyzing aspects of its cultural history and urban formation that lie outside of their ordinary orbit. The course will be organized around a series of modules, each focused on a specialized aspect of Cairo’s urban and cultural history. It will be structured as a combination of classroom sessions, field trips, walking tours, films, and performances and will be supplemented by guest lectures from within and outside the department.

  
  • ARIC 000/5103 - Source - Criticism and Classical Arabic Literature (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    ARIC 2101  or instructor’s approval

    Description
    Source - Criticism is one of the most important philological skills at a scholar’s disposal and it is fundamental to the discipline of history. It is also a critic skill for the student of pre-modern literature as it is a key source of paratextual information and not only an exercise in positivism. This course applies the idea of taphonomy (the study of fossilization processes) to literary and histological works in Classical Arabic recorded in the tadwin period. Rather than seek to legitimize or delegitimize a given text based on its historical authenticity or provenance, this course demonstrates how to integrate the dimensions of a text’s transmission and its context into the study of literary material. Students will be introduced to the university’s manuscript holdings and will each present an unedited literary text of their choosing to the class. Students will edit a portion of these MSS and analyze these texts in their final paper.

  
  • ARIC 401/5110 - Senior Seminar in Arabic Texts (3 cr.)



    Description
    A selected theme or topic in classical or modern Arabic texts such as regional literatures of the Arab World, cross-cultural encounters in the Mediterranean, Arabic cultural criticism, avant-garde movements in Arabic literature.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall or spring.
    Repeatable
    May be repeated once for credit if content changes
    Notes
    Taught in Arabic
  
  • ARIC 402/5111 - Senior Seminar in Arabic Literature in Translation (3 cr.)



    Description
    A selected theme or topic in Arabic literature, classical or modern, such as francophone and anglophone Arab writers, Andalusian literature, writers and the nation..

    When Offered
    Offered in fall or spring.
    Repeatable
    May be repeated once for credit if content changes
    Notes
    Taught in English, with assigned texts in English translation.
  
  • ARIC 403/5112 - Arabic Literary Criticism (3 cr.)



    Description
    Arabic critical theory from the classical to the modern period.

    When Offered
    Offered in alternate years.
    Notes
    Taught in Arabic.
  
  • ARIC 404/5113 - Sira and Hadith (3 cr.)



    Description
    The growth of the biographical literature on the Prophet and its relation to the literature of Hadith.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall.
    Notes
    Taught in Arabic unless otherwise stated
  
  • ARIC 417/5114 - Special Studies in Arabic Texts (3 cr.)



    Description
    Special readings in Arabic texts for those majors in Arabic Studies who are attending a course taught in English and who must read the assigned texts in Arabic to fulfil the requirements of their specialization.

    Repeatable
    May be repeated once for credit if content changes.
  
  • ARIC 501/5117 - Translation: Theory and Practice (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course focuses on the developments in the field of Translation Studies since the 1970s when translation became increasingly conceptualized as cultural transfer rather than a linguistic operation. It introduces students to the interdisciplinary approaches in the field including the impact of deconstruction, gender studies and post-colonial theory. Students will explore the cultural and political agendas of translation through selected theoretical texts. The course will also introduce students to various translation practices (adaptation, e-writing, etc)and will look at a translator’s role in society, and translation as an agent social change. Students will read a selection of texts in literary theory that will inform their practice in translation. Students will situate their own work in translation not only in relation to contemporary cultural forms and practices, but also in relation to the traditions that inform current translating practices. Selected texts and translation exercises will be in English and in Arabic.

    Cross-listed
    Same as  .
  
  • ARIC 502/5118 - Translation and The Arab “Renaissance” (3 cr.)



    Description
    Students will read pioneering works of the nineteenth and the twentieth century in the Arab region that dealt with issues of translation and its centrality to modern nation-building. What exactly is the role of the translator? What is the function of translation in society? The course situates at the act of translation within colonial/postcolonial contexts in which questions of power surround the relationship between the original text and its translation. It also explores questions of visibility and invisibility of the translator, translation vs, adaptation, original text and target cultural context. Taught in English. Readings and translation exercises in English and Arabic.

    Cross-listed
    Same as   .
  
  • ARIC 464/5121 - Islamic Art and Architecture in India and Pakistan (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
       or consent of instructor.

    Description
    Religious and secular architecture and decoration of Islam in the Indian subcontinent; discussion of the formative impulses from pre-Islamic traditions of India and Pakistan and Islamic influences from Persia, Afghanistan and Central Asia.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
  
  • ARIC 465-466/5122-5123 - Islamic Architecture in Turkey, Persia and Central Asia (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    ARIC 2270.

    Description
    First semester: Ghaznavids, Seljuks, and Mongols. Second semester: Timurids, Safavids, and Ottomans

    When Offered
    Offered in alternate years.
  
  • ARIC 467/5124 - Islamic Architecture in Spain and North Africa (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    ARIC 2270.

    Description
    Religious and secular architecture and decoration of Islamic Spain and North Africa; discussion of formative impulses from Byzantium and Umayyad Syria.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
  
  • ARIC 477-478/5125 - Decorative Arts of the Islamic World: Metalwork, Woodwork, and Ivory (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course surveys Islamic metalwork, woodwork and ivory objects, exploring common ornamental elements, material questions and design. It features field trips to local museums.

    Repeatable
    May be repeated for credit when content changes.
  
  • ARIC 000/5127 - Selected Topics in Islamic Art and Architecture (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    appropriate course(s) from ARIC 3268-3271 series or consent of instructor

    Description
    Focuses on theme or topic in Islamic Art and Architecture. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

  
  • ARIC 000/5130 - Poetry for Historians (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    ARIC 2101 or instructor’s approval

    Description
    This course is deigned to give historians the tools and background they need in order to use classical Arabic poetic material for their research. To the uninitiated, classical Arabic poetry can seem recondite, vague, or inconsequential and accordingly some students of pre-modern Arabo-Islamic history often prefer to bypass the poetic material they encounter in their research. By doing so, however, researchers risk ignoring a valuable source of historical information, especially regarding the affective dimensions of cultural, social, and political history. This course will train students to read classical Arabic poetry, to decipher its occasionally difficult syntax and figurative codes, and to relate poems to the contexts in which they appear. We will pay special attention to how poetry is deployed in historiographical works  and how it relates to the context in which it is presented. The course will cover subjects that should be of interest to historians:politics, war, death, memory, elites and non-elites, gender and sexuality, and modernity.

  
  • ARIC 440/5131 - Arabic Historical Literature (3 cr.)



    Description
    Study of the inception and development of the idea of history in Arabic literature. Examines issues in the transmission of information, historical memory, and the role of historical writing in mediating social, political and religious views.

    When Offered
    Offered in alternate years.
  
  • ARIC 445/5132 - Selected Topics in Coptic Studies (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course allows instructors to offer a topic in Coptic Studies. The topic will be chosen from year to year in coordination with the departments concerned and the dean of the School of HUSS, and according to the individual interests and areas of expertise of the instructors. Topics chosen may include various aspects of Coptic art and history, monasticism, folklore, or other subjects. The course may be taken more than once if the topic changes.

    Cross-listed
    Same as  , , ,  
    When Offered
    Offered in fall.
    Notes
    Students in these majors may petition preferably before registration to have the course included in their major requirements.
  
  • ARIC 451/5133 - Islamic Institutions (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
       or    or consent of instructor.

    Description
    Examination of the principal social, legal, and political institutions in medieval Islam, especially those subsumed under shari’a.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall.
  
  • ARIC 454/5134 - Modern Movements in Islam (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      or    or equivalent background

    Description
    Trends of thought and activism that developed throughout the Muslim world from the eighteenth century onward and identified themselves as Islamic. This course looks at intellectual roots, affiliations, and differences. It investigates modernity, reform, statehood, and social change as addressed by state and non-state actors, in theory and in practice.

    Cross-listed
    Same as  .
    When Offered
    Offered once a year.
  
  • ARIC 460/5135 - Selected Topics in Middle Eastern History, 600-1800 AD (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Prerequisite: appropriate course(s) from ARIC 3343-3345 series or consent of instructor

    Cross-listed
    Same as  .
    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
    Repeatable
    May be repeated for credit when content changes
  
  • ARIC 462/5136 - Selected Topics in the History of the Modern Middle East (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      or   , whichever is appropriate or consent of instructor.

    Cross-listed
    Same as  .
    When Offered
    Offered occasionally
    Repeatable
    May be repeated for credit when content changes
  
  • ARIC 000/5137 - International Trade 1000 - 1700: Egypt and the Mediterranean - Red Sea Trade (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course will examine the development of trade between East and West from the 11th to the 18th century, with special focus on trade routes as well as the commodities exchanged between the world of Islam and the main centers of commerce. Special attention is given to the role of merchants, their place within their societies and their religious, cultural, and social influence on the main centers of commerce they visited. The course also focuses on the overall political developments taking place along the Mediterranean and Indian ocean trade routes, as well as the Silk Road, the factors that affected the rise and fall of certain trading centers such as the East India Company.

  
  • ARIC 435/5141 - Studies in the Qur’an (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

    Description
    The greatest work in Arabic and its influence on Arabic literature and Islamic institutions, with emphasis on methods of interpretation and their development.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall.
  
  • ARIC 439/5142 - Islamic Law (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

    Description
    A survey of the origins of Jurisprudence in Islam and its development up to the founding of the four schools. The course covers the main sources of fiqh, Qur’an and Sunna, together with ijma’ and qiyas, and the study of the growth of the Maliki, Hanafi, Shafi’i and Hanbali schools.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
  
  • ARIC 000/5150 - On Display: Collecting and Exhibiting Art of the Islamic World (3 cr.)



    Description
    This seminar will investigate the history of collecting and exhibiting Islamic art and analyze the relationship of this history to contemporary practices. Classroom meetings will be supplemented by field trips to local museums.

  
  • ARIC 000/5151 - Heritage Management and Architectural Conservation in Cairo: Theory and Practice (3 cr.)



    Description
    Using historic Cairo as its focus, this course examines the history of the conservation and management of built heritage and its relationship to the study of Islamic architectural history. Starting with a review of theories of architectural conservation, the course survey methods of restoring and conserving the city’s architecture from the medieval period to the present. A key component of the course will involve site visits to monuments and guest lectures from leading conservation experts active in Cairo over the course of the last twenty years.

  
  • ARIC 580/5200 - Independent Study and Readings (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Prerequisite: consent of unit.

    Description
    Guided readings in selected topics in Islamic Art and Architecture, Middle Eastern History, Arabic Literature and Language or Islamic Studies given on an individual basis.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
  
  • ARIC 514/5201 - Bibliography and Manuscript Study (3 cr.)



    Description
    Techniques of working with Arabic manuscripts and scripts, editing, bibliographical study.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
  
  • ARIC 521-522/5202-5203 - Special Studies in Islamic Thought and Institutions (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Consent of instructor.

    Description
    Special readings and papers by graduate students who are attending a course of undergraduate lectures.

    When Offered
    5202 offered in fall, 5203 offered in spring.
    Repeatable
    May be repeated for credit when content changes.
  
  • ARIC 504/5210 - Seminar on a Selected Work or Author in Classical Arabic Literature (3 cr.)



    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
    Repeatable
    May be repeated for credit when content changes.
  
  • ARIC 507/5211 - Seminar on Modern Arabic Literature: Nineteenth Century (3 cr.)



    Description
    Aspects of Arabic literature in the nineteenth century.

    When Offered
    Offered in alternate years.
  
  • ARIC 508/5212 - Seminar on Modern Arabic Literature: Twentieth Century (3 cr.)



    Description
    Aspects of Arabic literature in the Twentieth century.

    When Offered
    Offered in alternate years.
  
  • ARIC 510-511/5213-5214 - Special Studies in Classical Arabic Literature (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Consent of instructor.

    Description
    Reading and papers on selected topics; attendance at a course of undergraduate lectures may be required.

    When Offered
    5213 offered in fall, 5214 offered in spring.
    Repeatable
    May be repeated for credit when content changes.
  
  • ARIC 512-513/5215-5216 - Special Studies in Modern Arabic Literature (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Consent of instructor.

    Description
    Reading and papers on selected topics; attendance at a course of undergraduate lectures may be required.

    When Offered
    5215 offered in fall, 5216 offered in spring.
    Repeatable
    May be repeated for credit when content changes.
  
  • ARIC 000/5219 - Internship in Arabic and Islamic Studies (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Consent of department chair.

    Description
    This course consists of participation in an internship experience related to Arabic and Islamic Studies under the supervision of both an approved internship provider and a faculty adviser. This course provides practical, hands-on training in research methods at a relevant institution to enhance classroom learning and allow graduate students to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the program. It is meant to give students an opportunity to develop their research skills as they prepare for or work on their graduate theses. Students meet regularly with their faculty supervisor and produce a written report or research paper at the end of the internship. Consent of the department chair based on a submitted research proposal is required.

 

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