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Fall 2017-2018
HIS 419 / NES 419 (HA)   na, npdf

Topics in the History of Modern Syria - Intellectual History and Arabic Literature

Max D. Weiss

A reading course that focuses on how Syrian intellectuals and literary writers have engaged with problems of ideology, aesthetics, and politics, among other topics. We will consider a wide range of sources including works of philosophy, political essays, cultural criticism, and novels.The course is open to both undergraduates and graduate students, and the course material may be adapted to suit student interest and ability.

Sample reading list:
Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi, Characteristics of Despotism
Nabil Sulayman and Bu Ali Yasin, Ideology and Literature in Syria
Sadiq Jalal al-Azm, Critique of Religious Reason
Michel Aflaq, In the Path of the Resurrection
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
100-200 pages of reading, not all of which is in Arabic; weekly reading responses (in English, ~ 2 pp.); critical review essay; final paper

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Reading knowledge of Arabic.

Other information:
Readings are primarily in Arabic, and therefore this course is intended for students with interests in the intellectual, cultural, and political history of the postwar Arab world, or for students who would like to gain experience in working with Arabic-language sources.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22068 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Scheide Caldwell House   103   Enrolled:3 Limit:12