INTRODUCTION TO ARAB CULTURESARAB 150, Fall 2018Tuesday-Thursday: 14:00-15.15New West 219Instructor: Prof. Fadi A. Bardawil, New West 214Email:[email protected]Office Hours Tu/Th: 12.30-1.30COURSE DESCRIPTIONFor Raymond Williams, the distinguished British thinker, the concept of culture could broadlymean one of two things. Culture could stand for the entire way of life of a society with itsbeliefs, norms, sensibilities, practices and institutions. Culture also famously refers to the artswith their internal distinctions between high, popular, independent and underground streams.We will look into these different facets of modern and contemporary Arab cultures through avariety of works: memoirs, novels, prison notebooks, films, comic books, theoretical tracts,music, psychiatric case-studies, histories, and ethnographies. How do these authors depict keyhistoricaltransformations taking place in the Arab world? What are the different angles throughwhichpoliticalquestions are tackled? How do these different works negotiate the relationshipbetween Self and Other? These will be some of the central questions that will guide ourexplorations of Arab cultures.REQUIRED BOOKSAhmed, Leila.A Border Passage: From Cairo to America – A Woman’s Journey.NewYork: Penguin, 2012 .Salih, Tayeb.Season of Migration to the North.New York: New York Review of BooksClassics, 2009 .Ibrahim, Sonallah.That Smell and Note from Prison.New York: New Direction Books,2013.Sacco, Joe.Palestine.Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2001.