MAAS-408 Arab Intellectuals
Fall for 2014-2015
This course introduces students to Arab thinkers and their intellectual work between 1880 and 1960 in Egypt and Greater Syria. Students will read selections of original texts produced by Arab intellectuals who inspired a cultural renaissance, also known as "Al-Nahda". The syllabus consists of material that deals with concepts of modernity, nationalism, Arabism, liberalism and Islamism. The course will focus on the analysis of two main points: First, how Arab thinkers of this period understood these concepts in light of their direct interaction with imperial rulers, Western colonialism and post-colonialism, and the influence thereof on their ideological discourse; second, how the understanding of these concepts has developed to shape the perception of the self and the others, and to create Arab identity and ideologies.
The course will meet twice per week for 75 minutes and will include lectures and discussions entirely in Arabic.
Prerequisites: Proficiency in Arabic