Reading Arabic Literature - Classical TextsArabic Literature 316-2-1-32781 Spring 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 time slot 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 early Islamic literature. Our readings will include religious texts, grammar and linguistics and philosophy. We will read, analyze and discuss samples of works by masters of the adabliterary type, al-Ghazali, al-Hallaj (Islamic mysticism ). We will also examine some selections from the folkloric heritage such as “One Thousand Nights”. Short excerpts from يرخفلا يبوقعيلا يومحلا توقاي يراخبلا يربطلاwill be thoroughly read and analysed in class. The class readings include samples of suras from the Quran and one example of Pre-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 strengthen Arabic writing skills through writing assignments that reflect students abilities of understanding and assimilating the texts.Listening and speaking skills will continue to be improved through in class oral discussions. Special exercises will be developed to improve students understanding and use of essential elements of rhetoric (خلا ةلباقملا و قابطلا و هيبشتلا و ةينكملا ةراعتسلا) and apply them to the texts they read in class.