Bowdoin College Catalogue and Academic Handbook

Arabic (ARBC)

ARBC 1101  (c)   Elementary Arabic I  

Every Fall. Enrollment limit: 18.  

An introductory course that presumes no previous knowledge of Arabic. Students begin to acquire an integrated command of speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills in Modern Standard Arabic. Some exposure to Egyptian Colloquial Arabic as well. Class sessions conducted primarily in Arabic.

Previous terms offered: Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016.

ARBC 1102  (c)   Elementary Arabic II  

Every Spring. Enrollment limit: 18.  

A continuation of Elementary Arabic I, focuses on further developing students’ skills in speaking, listening, comprehending, writing, and reading Modern Standard Arabic.

Prerequisites: ARBC 1101.

Previous terms offered: Spring 2020, Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Spring 2017.

ARBC 2203  (c)   Intermediate Arabic I  

Every Fall. Enrollment limit: 18.  

A continuation of first-year Arabic, aiming to enhance proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing through the study of more elaborate grammar structures and exposure to more sophisticated, authentic texts.

Prerequisites: ARBC 1102.

Previous terms offered: Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016.

ARBC 2204  (c)   Intermediate Arabic II  

Every Spring. Enrollment limit: 18.  

A continuation of Intermediate Arabic I, provides a more in-depth understanding of Modern Standard Arabic. Aims to enhance proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing through the study of more elaborate grammatical structures and sophisticated, authentic texts. Textbook material supplemented by readings from the Qur’an, the hadith, and early Arabic poetry.

Prerequisites: ARBC 2203.

Previous terms offered: Spring 2020, Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Spring 2017.

ARBC 2305  (c, IP)   Advanced Arabic  

Every Fall. Enrollment limit: 18.  

Continues the “Al-Kitaab” series to take students to an intermediate or high-intermediate level of proficiency. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities cover a variety of topics and rely on authentic, unedited materials

Prerequisites: ARBC 2204.

Previous terms offered: Fall 2019, Fall 2018.

ARBC 2306  (c)   Advanced Arabic II  

Every Spring. Enrollment limit: 18.  

Continues the “Al-Kitaab” series to take students to high-intermediate level of proficiency. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities cover a variety of topics and rely on authentic, unedited materials. It is a continuation of Advanced Arabic I.

Prerequisites: ARBC 2204.

Previous terms offered: Spring 2020, Spring 2019.

ARBC 2350  (c, ESD, IP)   Myth in Arabic Literature: From the Qur’ān to Modern Poetry and Prose  

Non-Standard Rotation. Enrollment limit: 35.  

Examines various myths in Arabic literature in translation. Discusses how myths of different origins (Ancient Near East, Greco-Roman Mediterranean, Ancient Arabia, Iran, India, Judeo-Christian traditions) have been reinterpreted and used in Arabic-speaking cultures from the sixth until the twenty-first century, to deal with questions such as the struggle of people against gods, their defiance against fate, their quest for salvation, their pursuit of a just society, and their search for identity. Explores various genres of Arabic literature from the Qur’an, the hadith (i.e., prophetic sayings), ancient and modern poetry, medieval prose and travel literature, "1001 Nights", Egyptian shadow theater, and modern short stories and novels. In this way, presents Arabic literature as global, rooted in different ancient traditions and dealing with the perennial questions of humanity. (Same as: CLAS 2350, REL 2350)

Previous terms offered: Spring 2019.

ARBC 2354  (c, ESD, IP)   On the Road: Travel Writing and the Cosmopolitan World of Medieval Islam  

Non-Standard Rotation. Enrollment limit: 25.  

Islamic medieval writings of travelers, explorers, and exiles present a cosmopolitan world of encounters of peoples and cultures. This 2000-level course uses these accounts as an entryway to the history of medieval Islam. We will consider how and why Islam emerged in seventh-century Arabia and follow its path through the Mongol expansion in the fourteenth century. We will examine the impact of the Islamic empire on the medieval Middle East, as it spread across most of the known world from Spain to India, and the cultural practices that it developed to manage cultural difference. The readings, lectures, and class discussions will focus on primary sources: the accounts of Muslims, Jews, and Christians who traveled the length and breadth of the Islamic empire. Emphasis on the interconnectedness of the medieval world and on narratives of inclusion and exclusion. Taught in English. For advanced Arabic students, Arabic 3354 with an Arabic reading and writing component will be offered concurrently with this course. Note: This course fulfills the premodern and non euro/us requirement for history majors and minors. (Same as: HIST 2440, REL 2354)

Previous terms offered: Spring 2020.

ARBC 3354  (c, ESD, IP)   On the Road: Travel Writing and the Cosmopolitan World of Medieval Islam  

Non-Standard Rotation. Enrollment limit: 15.  

Students enrolled in this course will attend all regular class meetings of ARBC 2354, but will additionally meet once a week as a separate group to read and discuss primary sources in the original Arabic. Some short written assignments will be submitted in Arabic. Please refer to ARBC 2354 for a complete course description. (Same as: REL 2355)

Prerequisites: Five of: ARBC 1101 and ARBC 1102 and ARBC 2203 and ARBC 2204 and ARBC 2305.

Previous terms offered: Spring 2020.