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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week |
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|Prerequisites:||Completion of 110-011 Arabic 3B or equivalent. Admission to Honours or Postgraduate Diploma in Islamic Studies or Arabic Studies|
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CoordinatorDr A Gully
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This subject will trace the historical role of Arabic in establishing national and religious identity in Muslim societies. It will focus particularly on the Islamic humanities during the pre-modern period, and will evaluate the development of language as a means of negotiating power within the intellectual community. Various literary forms of adab will be examined such as grammatical and epistolary writings, and these will be evaluated against the rank and power structure among the intellectual and religious scholars during that period, as well as within the context of 'dependency'. Attention will also be given to the rise of Islamic literature (al-adab al-islami) as a product of the nexus between Islamic thought and modernity through literature and humanism. Linguistic issues of the early modern period (beginning with the 19th century nahda, or renaissance in the face of European colonialism) will also be studied as a critical element in the formation of Arab identity. Some attention will be given to the way in which Arabic is sometimes used today as a means of political and ideological persuasion. Analysis of Arabic texts will form an integral part of this subject.
|Assessment:||A 20 minute oral seminar presentation, which includes question and answer time and 1000 word write up of presentation, 20% (from Week 4 onwards); a 4000 word research essay on topic chosen by student and approved by the coordinator 80% (due at the start of the examination period)|
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
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Master of Arts (Asian Societies) |
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Islamic Studies)
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