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Fall 2017-2018
NES 547 / HIS 546   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Introduction to Arabic Documents

Marina Rustow

Introduction to hands-on work with Arabic documentary sources from the first six Islamic centuries in their original manuscript form. Students learn some of the existing repertory, how to decipher documentary hands in Arabic script, how to make professional-quality diplomatic editions and how to explain the content, form and survival of documents historically. Students also gain experience with the growing body of printed and digital resources for Arabic papyrology. By the end of the course, students may also be able to date documents by sight to within a century. This iteration of the course focuses on Arabic documents of state.

Sample reading list:
Geoffrey Khan, Arabic Documents from Early Islamic Khurasan
Geoffrey Khan, Arabic Legal and Administrative Documents . . .
S. M. Stern, Fatimid Decrees
Nabia Abbott, The Kurrah Papyri from Aphrodito in the Oriental Institute

Requirements/Grading:
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Term Paper(s) - 45%
Class/Precept Participation - 40%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22746 S01 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm W   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:8 Limit:12