Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

ARA 130D • Arabic Across Disciplines

41220
Meets F 9:00AM-10:00AM CAL 422
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Students read and discuss Arabic language materials related to the subject matter of another designated course.     


ARA 130D • Arabic Across Disciplines

41215
Meets W 9:00AM-10:00AM CAL 422
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Students read and discuss Arabic language materials related to the subject matter of another designated course.     


ARA 130D • Arabic Across Disciplines

41210
Meets M 9:00AM-10:00AM CAL 422
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Students read and discuss Arabic language materials related to the subject matter of another designated course.     


ARA 327K • Adv Spoken Media Arabic I

41205 • Housen, Ghada
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.206
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This the first of a two-course sequence. The objective of both classes is to train advanced students with interest in Middle Eastern and Arab current affairs in print and electronic media in the Arab world. Although the nuances of reporting and speaking publicly will be explored in detail, the course is an Arabic-as-a-foreign-language one. The ultimate objective of the course is for students to be able to conduct a press conference entirely in Arabic. The students will gain deep expertise in and about the Arabic media. We will be looking into the interplay between language, political culture and cultural identity. The course will focus on the two language skills: public speaking and 'public' listening. Students will read, listen to and view authentic and current materials from different Arab media sources, notably Al-Jazeera, BBC, Youtube, etc., and some select commentaries by some interesting columnists in the Arabic Press.

Texts

To be provided by instructor. 

Grading

To be provided by instructor.


ARA 360L • Ideologies Of Spoken Arabic

41240 • Brustad, Kristen
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CAL 422
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This course leads students to critique discourses on formal and spoken Arabic, Fusha and Ammiyya.  We will begin with a review of the history of this discourse, reading texts from the early Abbasid period, and continue up to the present. We will examine ideologies of Standardization, Arabic in Danger, the Age of Decline, and the Nahda.  We will finish by asking what the relationship of discourses on Arabic is to current political events.

 

Texts: Selections from:

  • Ma'ani al-Qur'an by al-Farra
  • Bayan wa Tabyin al-Jahiz
  • Nawadir al-lughawiyyin wa al-Nuhaat
  • Letters written by Farhat, Sharif Mecca, Butrus al-Bustani
  • Articles on Arabic exams from Arabic newspapers
  • TV programs: Himayat al-lugha al-Arabiyya, interview with Adonis

 

Grading:

  • Preparation and participation:35%
  • Weekly blog writing: 25%
  • Two oral presentations: 20%
  • Final paper: 20%

ARA 360L • Sci-Fi/Utopia In Arab Culture

41245 • El-Ariss, Tarek
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM CAL 323
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If you have ever been to Egypt, it’s likely that you have heard the expression bash muhandis or ya handasa, literally meaning “Architect Pasha” or “Engineer Pasha.” This title is more important than those of doctor, general, and perhaps even president. What is it about the architect, builder, or engineer that captures so powerfully Egyptian and Arab imagination? In what way can one explain the primacy of this profession in bestowing respect and honor beyond its work context? What does it mean to build or imagine a new society or a new future? How could building also be used for purposes of suppression, separation, and confinement? Conducted in Arabic, this interdisciplinary course traces the notion of muhandiss (engineer, architect) to the Pharaohs, builders of the pyramids, but also to the French Saint-Simonian engineers who built the Suez Canal and the infrastructure of modern Egypt in the 19th century. The course will argue that the order of architects, which has given rise to Free Masonry and ample conspiracy theories surrounding it, is intimately tied to a utopian conception of the state and society. This conception has seen its dystopian moment with the 9/11 engineers (including Mohammed Atta) who planned and conducted the attacks on New York and Washington DC in the name of a larger if not divine architectural scheme. The discourse on “building” here becomes tied to terror and fundamentalism, transforming the builder into destroyer.

This course approaches engineering and building both as profession and as utopia for a new social and political order in the Arab world. Expressed in specific projects such as Solidere in Beirut, these schemes are also imagined in Sci Fi and futuristic literature and film. We will read selections from Abd al-Rahman al-Munif’s Cities of Salt, Sophia al-Maria’s The Girl who Fell to Earth, Noura Noman’s Ajwan, Khaled Tawfiq’s Utopia, and Arabian Nights (“Julnar the Sea-Born,” a precursor to the myth of Atlantis). We will also examine the question of utopia in the philosophical writings of Al-Farabi (The Virtuous City) and Francis Fathallah Marrash (Forest of Truth), and in films by Larissa Sansour, Ali Cherri, Simone Bitton, and Joanna Hajithomas and Khalil Joreige.


ARA 531K • Intensive Arabic V

41230
Meets MF 12:00PM-1:00PM MEZ 2.118
(also listed as ARA 381M)
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This course is the fifth semester of intensive Arabic language instruction and is not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi:  Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part Two with DVDs 

Grading

To be provided by instructor.


ARA 531K • Intensive Arabic V

41225
Meets MF 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ 1.202
(also listed as ARA 381M)
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This course is the fifth semester of intensive Arabic language instruction and is not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi:  Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part Two with DVDs 

Grading

To be provided by instructor.


ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41150
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM CAL 422
(also listed as ARA 381H)
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This course is the first semester of intensive Arabic language instruction. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Heritage speakers of Arabic and students who have studied Arabic before must contact the language placement coordinator for a placement test before beginning this course.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds 3rd edition

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya: Part One with DVDs 3rd edition

alkitaabtextbook.com student access key 

Available at Austin TXbooks (Beat the Bookstore) at 2116 Guadalupe St.

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 


ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41165
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM MEZ 2.122
(also listed as ARA 381H)
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This course is the first semester of intensive Arabic language instruction. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Heritage speakers of Arabic and students who have studied Arabic before must contact the language placement coordinator for a placement test before beginning this course.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds 3rd edition

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya: Part One with DVDs 3rd edition

alkitaabtextbook.com student access key 

Available at Austin TXbooks (Beat the Bookstore) at 2116 Guadalupe St.

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 


ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41170
Meets MWF 3:00PM-4:00PM MEZ 2.122
(also listed as ARA 381H)
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This course is the first semester of intensive Arabic language instruction. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Heritage speakers of Arabic and students who have studied Arabic before must contact the language placement coordinator for a placement test before beginning this course.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds 3rd edition

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya: Part One with DVDs 3rd edition

alkitaabtextbook.com student access key 

Available at Austin TXbooks (Beat the Bookstore) at 2116 Guadalupe St.

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 


ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41180
Meets MWF 4:00PM-5:00PM MEZ 2.122
(also listed as ARA 381H)
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This course is the first semester of intensive Arabic language instruction. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Heritage speakers of Arabic and students who have studied Arabic before must contact the language placement coordinator for a placement test before beginning this course.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds 3rd edition

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya: Part One with DVDs 3rd edition

alkitaabtextbook.com student access key 

Available at Austin TXbooks (Beat the Bookstore) at 2116 Guadalupe St.

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 


ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41145
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM MEZ 1.118
(also listed as ARA 381H)
show description

This course is the first semester of intensive Arabic language instruction. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Heritage speakers of Arabic and students who have studied Arabic before must contact the language placement coordinator for a placement test before beginning this course.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds 3rd edition

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya: Part One with DVDs 3rd edition

alkitaabtextbook.com student access key 

Available at Austin TXbooks (Beat the Bookstore) at 2116 Guadalupe St.

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 


ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41155
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.102
(also listed as ARA 381H)
show description

This course is the first semester of intensive Arabic language instruction. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Heritage speakers of Arabic and students who have studied Arabic before must contact the language placement coordinator for a placement test before beginning this course.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds 3rd edition

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya: Part One with DVDs 3rd edition

alkitaabtextbook.com student access key 

Available at Austin TXbooks (Beat the Bookstore) at 2116 Guadalupe St.

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 


ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41160 • Mohammad, Mohammad
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.102
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This course is the first semester of intensive Arabic language instruction. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Heritage speakers of Arabic and students who have studied Arabic before must contact the language placement coordinator for a placement test before beginning this course.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds 3rd edition

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya: Part One with DVDs 3rd edition

alkitaabtextbook.com student access key 

Available at Austin TXbooks (Beat the Bookstore) at 2116 Guadalupe St.

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 


ARA 601C • Intensive Arabic I

41175
Meets MWF 3:00PM-4:00PM PAR 103
(also listed as ARA 381H)
show description

This course is the first semester of intensive Arabic language instruction. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Heritage speakers of Arabic and students who have studied Arabic before must contact the language placement coordinator for a placement test before beginning this course.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Alif Baa:  Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds 3rd edition

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi: Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya: Part One with DVDs 3rd edition

alkitaabtextbook.com student access key 

Available at Austin TXbooks (Beat the Bookstore) at 2116 Guadalupe St.

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 


ARA 621K • Intensive Arabic III

41195
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM MEZ 1.216
(also listed as ARA 381K)
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This course is the third semester of intensive Arabic language instruction and is not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi:  Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part One with DVDs

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 


ARA 621K • Intensive Arabic III

41185
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.216
(also listed as ARA 381K)
show description

This course is the third semester of intensive Arabic language instruction and is not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi:  Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part One with DVDs

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 


ARA 621K • Intensive Arabic III

41190
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM MEZ 1.122
(also listed as ARA 381K)
show description

This course is the third semester of intensive Arabic language instruction and is not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi:  Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part One with DVDs

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 


ARA 621K • Intensive Arabic III

41200
Meets MWF 3:00PM-4:00PM MEZ 1.216
(also listed as ARA 381K)
show description

This course is the third semester of intensive Arabic language instruction and is not open to native speakers of Arabic.

Texts

Brustad, Al-Batal, Al-Tonsi:  Al-Kitaab fi Ta'allum al-Arabiyya Part One with DVDs

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 



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