This Arabic seminar explores creative techniques for understanding politics. Most readings and discussions will be in Arabic, and will deal with the relationship between cultural status (e.g., education level, social grouping, literacy) and political power. Our focus will be on late modernity, although many of the sources we study will deal with “Classical” Arabic ideals such as turath (cultural heritage), kalam (speculative theology), and fiqh (jurisprudence). This course is open to students who have completed three years of Arabic study, pending instructor’s approval.
Authors/materials will include: Leila Abouzeid, ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Jabarti, Jabra Ibrahim Jabra, Annemarie Jacir, Nawal al-Saadawi, Hanan al-Shaykh