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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Undergraduate Course: Classical Arabic Literature (IMES10004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe Classical Arabic Literature course provides an introduction to the study and critical appreciation of classical Arabic poetry and 'belles-lettres'. All materials will be read in Arabic and discussed in English.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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 Students not studying Arabic degrees must contact the course organiser to check level of Arabic language ability before being enrolling on the course.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 30, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 163 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One three hour degree exam
one 2,500 word essay
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will gain a good knowledge of the key developments in Arabic 'belles-lettres' and poetry from their respective beginnings to the end of the 'Abbasid' period.
  2. Students will gain a taste of the works of major classical poets and prose writers through intensive reading of select examples.
  3. Students will learn to locate classical authors and texts within their historical and cultural context.
  4. Students will learn to read and understand a range of classical Arabic texts in the original language.
  5. Students will learn to critically examine the different genres, themes, styles and techniques found in classical Arabic prose and poetry.
Reading List
Roger Allen: An Introduction to Arabic Literature
(Cambridge University Press, 2000)

J. Ashtiany et al. (eds.), 'Abbasid belles-lettres. Vol. 2 of the Cambridge History of Arabic Literature (Cambridge, 1990).

A.F.L. Beeston et al. (eds.), Arabic literature to the end of the Umayyad period. Vol. 1 of the Cambridge History of Arabic Literature (Cambridge, 1983).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 1st Sit; April; Classical Arabic Literature; 3 hours; 20 sides; June
KeywordsIMES CAL
Course organiserProf Jaakko Hameen-Anttila
Tel: (0131 6)50 4181
Course secretaryMs Hannah Foster
Tel: (0131 6 )50 4182
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