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Spring 2015-2016
NES 527 / COM 508   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Classical Arabic Poetry

Lara Harb

This course introduces students to the major Arabic poets and poems from the pre-Islamic period up to and including the Mamluk period. The goal of the course is twofold: to increase the ease with which students are able to read classical Arabic poetry and to expand their knowledge of the various styles, genres and their development. Besides preparing the assigned poems, students are expected each week to put together a brief biographical sketch of the poets we are reading using primary sources exclusively. (This could be done collaboratively) Advanced knowledge of Arabic required.

Sample reading list:
Abu Nuwas,
Abu Ala' al-Ma'arri,
Jarir & Farazdaq, Naqa'id
Ibn Zaydin,
Safiyyuddin al-Hilli,

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 40%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43210 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Jones Hall   305   Enrolled:6 Limit:10