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Undergraduate Course: Classical Arabic Literature (IMES10004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 (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 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  10
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 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Class presentation 10%
1,500-word essay 20%
2,500-word time-limited assignment 70%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. read Classical Arabic literature in the original language
  2. demonstrate an informed knowledge of key literary developments in Arabic prose and poetry from the 6th to the 13th century
  3. demonstrate an awareness of historical and social contexts within which Classical Arabic literature developed
  4. critically discuss various themes found in Classical Arabic literature
  5. discuss various forms and techniques used by Classical Arab authors
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
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Jaakko Hameen-Anttila
Tel: (0131 6)50 4181
Course secretaryMs June Cahongo
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620
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