Dec 05, 2021  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

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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.



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