Undergraduate Course: Early Arabic Historical Texts (IMES10047)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||How and why the early Muslims remembered the past and how this historical record is used by modern historians will be examined through a close reading of some of late 9th-century,early 10th-century historical texts in classical Arabic. (E.g. parts of one or more of Khalifa b. Khayyat al-Usfuri's Ta'rikh, al-Baladhuri's Ansab al-Ashraf, al-Ya'qubi's Ta'rikh, al-Dinawari's al-Akhbar al-tiwal and other similar texts.) Passages in Arabic will be read and translated together in class. Some secondary literature in English will also be set reading. This material will form the basis for discussion both of the uses to which the early Muslims put the memory of the past. and the uses to which modern historians have put these sources.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Before enrolling students on this course, you are asked to contact the IMES Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 504182, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). Students not studying Arabic degrees must contact the course organiser to check level of Arabic language ability before being enrolling on the course.
|Additional Costs|| n/a
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 courses in a suitable subject area at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
Students will also have to contact the course organiser to check level of Arabic language ability before being admitted to the course.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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| By the end of the course, students should:
1. Be familiar with all aspects of some of the most important early Arabic historical texts.
2. Be able to understand and translate into English extracts from these and similar texts.
3. Have an understanding of the development of historical writing in Arabic.
4. Be familiar with the main secondary literature in English on early Arabic historical writing.
5. Have an understanding of current debates about early Arabic historiography.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Andrew Marsham
Tel: (0131 6)50 9872
|Course secretary||Mrs Vivien Macnish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 4182