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

Spring 2009

ARA 360L • 1001 Nights

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
0 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
UTC 4.134

Course Description

This Arabic literature course will be taught in Arabic. The Thousand and One Nights remains perhaps the most famous piece of world literature. The Nights were first introduced to the west in the early 1700s and has inspired generations of storytellers, playwrights, musicians, dancers, television writers and filmmakers since on every continent. The most captivating aspects of the Nights lie in its heroine, Shahrazad, who saves the entire kingdom by healing a mad king with her stories about characters who change their circumstances and save lives with stories. The power of language to heal and transform remains an inspiration. This course will offer advanced students of Arabic an opportunity to read and discuss Shahrazad's frame-story as well as some of the most influential framed stories, such as Aladdin, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and Sindbad, in Arabic. In addition, the course will expose students to methods of interpreting narrative in society, such as ritual theory, performance issues, ideas about impromptu composition, and transmission.

Grading Policy

Attendance/Discussion 30% Response Papers (best 6 of 8) 60% Oral Presentation in Arabic 10%


Alf Layla wa Layla (Beirut: Dar al-Kutub al-'Illmiyyah)


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