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Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages
Undergraduate Courses

ARAB 101/102 Readings in Arabic Heritage I and II
A freshman level survey that traces the intellectual, literary, and cultural development of the Arabs from pre-Islamic times up to the age of Ibn Khaldun. Annually.

ARAB 200 Special Arabic
A course designed for native speakers of Arabic who had limited pre-college formal study of the Arabic language in Lebanon or abroad. Open to students who are exempted from Arabic. Annually.

ARAB 201A Basic Arabic Grammar and Syntax
A training course in the basic elements of Arabic grammar, syntax, and morphology, with special emphasis on oral and writing skills. Each semester.

ARAB 201B Readings in Arabic Literature
A close textual and analytical study of a wide variety of selections from classical and modern Arabic literature and thought designed to evoke aesthetic and intellectual discussions of issues of Arab culture. Each semester.

ARAB 202 Arabic Technical writing                                                                                                                 Provides guidance in the production of non-literary texts in modern written Arabic, with attention to structure, stylistics, and diction of letters, memos, emails, resumes, reports, proposals, descriptions, instructions, and various types of documentation. Emphasis is on the analysis and production of appropriate rhetorical styles in the various genres of technical communication used in the workplace.  

ARAB 203/204 Beginners' Arabic as a Foreign Language I and II
A thorough course in basic literary Arabic, with emphasis on the vocabulary of modern literature, the press, and current affairs. This course teaches grammar and structure to enable the students to read, understand, and translate, from and into Arabic, within a tightly controlled syntactical milieu. Annually.

ARAB 205/206 Beginners' Arabic as a Foreign Language III and IV
A continuation of the carefully graded approach begun in ARAB 203 and ARAB 204, and culminating with the exposition of the derivation system. This course empowers the students to use lexica, and to read, understand, and translate, unhampered by any loopholes in their knowledge of basic Arabic syntax and morphology. Prerequisite: ARAB 203 and ARAB 204 or equivalent. Annually.

ARAB 211/212 Survey of Arabic Grammar
A year-long course on Arabic morphology and grammar. It comprises readings from a classical grammatical text and training in sentence structure through i'rab. Alternate years.

ARAB 213/214 Introductory Biblical Hebrew
A general survey of Biblical Hebrew grammar, with special emphasis on the relation between Arabic and Hebrew within the Semitic group of languages. Alternate years.

ARAB 215 Introductory Syriac.
The course provides students with a working knowledge of Syriac language and grammar. With the help of a lexicon, students will be expected to read and translate simple Syriac texts.

ARAB 216 Intermediate Syriac.
This course complements ARAB 215/MEST 330 ‘Introduction to Syriac Language’, focusing on the reading, translation, and analysis of Syriac texts from various authors, genres, and time periods. In addition, the course provides a review of Syriac grammar. It is intended for those students who had taken the introductory course ARAB 215/MEST 330 or who already have a basic knowledge of Syriac and wish to continue studying the Syriac language for a second semester.

ARAB 217 Introductin to Syriac Literature.
The aim of this introductory course is to provide the student with an overview of Syriac literature from its origins to the present day.Alternate years.

ARAB 218 Akkadian.


ARAB 219 Turkish

ARAB 220/221 Introductory Persian
A year-long course introducing students to the Persian language. After surveying the grammar, the students are given intensive training in reading Persian texts. Alternate years.

ARAB 222 Introduction to Semitic Studies
This class places the Semitic languages of the Levant (Arabic, Hebrew, Phoenician, and Syriac) in their historical perspective by introducing the discipline of Semitic studies, especially in its comparative orientation. Especial emphasis is placed on Arabic dialectology, an often-overlooked aspect to Semitic studies. The aim is to provide students with an appreciation of the deep historical relationships between the Semitic languages and their speakers in the many civilizations that have sprung up in the Middle East and North Africa and to instill in them an appreciation for the rich contribution that the Semitic languages can make to an understanding of human language. Enough linguistic terminology and a light treatment of theory is provided to enable students to understand approaches to analysis of the Semitic languages. 

ARAB 223 Arabic for the Media
This writing-intensive course seeks to familiarize students with Arabic journalism writing styles over a comprehensive range of story styles and regional news outlet house styles.Especial attention is paid to the specialized vocabulary of news reporting; approaches to novel terminologies as new concepts enter the news stream, with an emphasis on assessing various solutions proposed by the Arabic language academies versus other points of entry into the language; controversial diction and ‘buzz words’, especially in dialogue with other non-Arab news services, and the development of fluid and aesthetically pleasing writing styles. Annually

ARAB 224 Arabic Stylistics and Metrics
A detailed study of stylistics balagha and metrics 'arud. This course surveys the contribution of the Arabs to stylistic studies and introduces their theory of versification. Annually.

ARAB 225/226 Translation
A year-long course divided into a brief introduction and an extended segment in applied translation. In the introduction, theoretical problems and issues of translation are discussed; then the course is transformed into an extended workshop, where students will be preoccupied with their own translation exercises from and into both Arabic and English. Annually.

ARAB 227/228 Arabic Linguistics
These two courses deal with various topics of Arabic linguistic sciences, mainly phonetics, semantics, and lexicology. Offered occasionally.

ARAB 229 Background to the Study of Classical Arabic Literature
A course dealing with the impact of Greek culture on classical Arabic literature and thought, and the rise and development of Arab intellectualism. Alternate years.

ARAB 230 Themes and Genres of Arabic Literature
A broad overview of Arabic literature throughout the ages. This course primarily emphasizes the literary production embodied in the works that give Arabic literature its unique character in different periods, while concentrating on the major themes and genres around which this literature revolves. Alternate years.

ARAB 231 Arabic Poetry: The Heroic Age
A course highlighting characteristic elements of Arabian life in its heroic age prior to Islam, while considering its individual, tribal, and mythical codes. Main problems, sources, and strains of the poetry of this age are surveyed. The substantial component of the course comprises critical analysis of representative poems. Alternate years.

ARAB 232 Arabic Poetry: The Age of Conquest, Love and Nostalgia
A survey of new genres of poetry which blossomed when desert-Arabs were deployed outside their peninsula following the conquests. This is examined through a compact probe of the economic, social, and political factors which affected Arabian life, from the advent of Islam to the end of the Arabian (Umayyad) era. The substantial component of the course comprises critical analysis of representative poems. Alternate years.

ARAB 233/234 Abbasid Poetry
A survey of Arabic poetry during the Abbasid period, considering the historical, political, and social background. The first part of the course deals with the major poets of the early Abbasid era, which ends during the reign of al-Mu'tasim; the second part surveys the poetry of the later Abassid age up to the fall of Baghdad. Alternate years.

ARAB 235 Andalusian Literature
An introduction to Arabic literature in Islamic Spain. Students read and analyze Andalusian poetry and prose, with special emphasis on the new literary forms which appeared in al-Andalus. Alternate years.

ARAB 236 Qur'anic Studies
An introduction to major Qur'anic issues, such as the collection of the Qur'an, Qur'anic imagery, and the various trends in Qur'anic exegesis. Alternate years.

ARAB 237/238 Modern Arabic Poetry
A year-long course studying the factors that shaped modern Arabic poetry, tracing the phases of its development and analyzing in detail its various characteristics. Alternate years.

ARAB 239 Modern Arabic Novel
A course on the development of the Arabic novel, along with a survey focusing on the main factors that led to the rise of the novel. Students thoroughly analyze a number of works by prominent Arab novelists. Alternate years.

ARAB 240 Modern Arabic Drama
A survey of the rise and development of the dramatic literary genre in modern Arabic, with a focus on the main factors that led to the rise of the drama. Students will thoroughly analyze a number of selected works by prominent Arab playwrights. Alternate years.

ARAB 241 Literary Theory and Criticism
A course on the development of Arab literary theory and criticism from the classical period to the present. This course is structured according to the main themes that concerned Arab critics throughout the ages, as well as the major critical trends and their prominent representatives. Alternate years.

ARAB 243 Classical Arabic Prose
A course in which students read and analyze extracts from the works of major prose writers, representing the main trends in classical Arabic prose beginning with pre-Islamic times up to the age of al-Ma'arri. Alternate years.

ARAB 244 Muslim Schools of Theology
A survey of the main doctrines, terms and modes of expression which are peculiar to the major Muslim sects (firaq) in the Medieval age, and the impact they had on literature. Mu'tazila, Ash'ariyya and Imamiyya constitute the focal point of the course, which includes readings in selected representative texts. Alternate years.

ARAB 245/246 Background to the Study of Modern Arabic Literature
A two-semester course dealing with the Arab cultural renaissance of 1800-1940. Special emphasis is placed on the impact of the West on the making of the modern Arab mind. Annually.

ARAB 247 Classical Arabic Folk Literature
A course covering the following topics: folk-tales, the novella in The Arabian Nights, and the hero sagas such as Sirat Bani Hilal. This course aims at studying the textual history of this special genre, its language, motives and structures. Students are also exposed to various methodological approaches of folk literature. Alternate years.

ARAB 249 Sufi Literature
A course aiming to acquaint the student with Sufi literature as one of the major trends in Arabic literature. Alternate years.

ARAB 251/252 Special Topics in Arabic Language and Literature
A series of courses varying in content and focusing on selected topics in language and literature. May be repeated for credit when distinguished by a letter demarcating each one of the series.

ARAB 290 Undergraduate Seminar on al- Mutanabbi                                                                                          A seminar on the times, life, and poetry of this major Arab poet. It combines the historical and the literary analytical-critical methodologies. Its substantial component comprises close textual analysis of poetry from the different phases of the poet’s intertwined private and public life. Alternate years.

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