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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2007


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42560 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
BEN 1.102
Brustad, Kristen

Course Description

This course introduces students to issues in contemporary Arab thought through writings by and interviews with prominent Arab thinkers and writers. We will read, listen to, discuss, and write about issues in contemporary Arab society as presented by writers such as Abd al-Rahman Munif, Layla Abouzeid, Yusuf Idris, and Hisham Sharabi. In addition, we will read and discuss important poetry and prose texts from the Arabic literary tradition. Class time will be devoted to discussion and analysis of texts prepared beforehand. Three to four hours of class preparation and attendance at lectures and films outside class is mandatory. Class hours are supplemented by an additional hour of conversation practice in small groups which focus on developing the ability to combine formal and colloquial Arabic as native speakers do. Course requirements for graduate students also include a research project conducted, presented orally, and written in Arabic. 

Grading Policy

Undergrad: Homework, preparation & participation 35%; exams & oral presentations 35%; short papers 30%

Graduate: Class preparation & participation 25%; exams & oral presentations 30%; short papers 25%; research project 20%.


Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part III


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