This course is an introduction to classical Arabic poets and poems of the pre-Islamic period. The goal of the course is twofold. The first is to ease reading and understanding classical Arabic poetry in historical context and its revisitation in modern Arabic culture. The second is to introduce students to translation and current scholarship on the rise of Arabic as well as poetic meters, themes, and genres. Topics of discussion include the Safaitic-Arabic rock inscriptions of the Syro-Arab Desert, the prized collections of the Mu’allaqat, the pre-Islamic Robin Hood Vagabonds known as the Sa’aleeq, etc. The course is conducted in Arabic and English.
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