Reading Arabic Literature - Classical TextsArabic Literature 316-2-1-32781Spring 2018Mon, Wed 3.30 -4.50 p.m.University Library 5746Instructor: Ragy H Ibrahim MikhaeelOffice Hours:Mon: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., and by appointment. Please reserve your timeslot before coming via email.Office:4117 (4th floor, room #117), Crowe Hall1860 Campus DriveEvanston, IL 60208Email:[email protected]Course InformationThis course will survey the Classical Arabic literary tradition with an emphasis on earlyIslamic literature. Our readings will include religious texts, grammar and linguistics andphilosophy. We will read, analyze and discuss samples of works by masters of theadabliterary type,al-Ghazali, al-Hallaj (Islamic mysticism ). We will also examine someselections from the folkloric heritage such as “One Thousand Nights”. Short excerptsfromيرخفلا يبوقعيلا يومحلا توقاي يراخبلا يربطلاwill be thoroughly read and analysed inclass. The class readings include samples of suras from the Quran and one example ofPre-Islamic Poetry ( an ode by Imru’ al-Qays).In this course we will work intensely on improving reading-for-comprehension skills.However, we will continue to strengthenArabic writing skills through writingassignments that reflect students abilities of understanding and assimilating the texts.Listening and speaking skills will continue to be improved through in class oraldiscussions. Special exercises will be developed to improve students understanding anduse ofessential elements ofrhetoric (خلا ةلباقملا و قابطلا و هيبشتلا و ةينكملا ةراعتسلا) andapply them to the texts they read in class.