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ARA4302 – Readings in Arabic Literature, Religions and Politics

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Course content

Reading course to introduce students to current trends of research in Literary Anthropology and the history of Arabic Literature. Selection of texts varies, but particular emphasis is laid on the question of how literary images, symbols or rhetorical forms shape human perception and imagination. The analysis of literary texts will provide the students with more insight and a better understanding of how literature may influence human emotion, discourse and behaviour. The main focus will be put on studying ‘primary’ sources, but relevant secondary literature will also be used to facilitate understanding and improve analysis.

Learning outcome

Students will familiarize themselves with select Arabic texts relevant to classical and/or modern literature. They will improve their reading skills, and learn to place the texts in the broader context of their production and use. More generally, students shall develop their ability critically to read and analyse source material; to find and assess secondary literature; to reflect methodically on sources and their interpretation; to describe and summarize source material and/or other texts in a factual manner; to present their own analysis in oral and written form and in a concise academic style; and to evaluate each other’s work.


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Admission as a Master student to the Program for Asian and African Studies.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

ARA2110 – Arabisk språk 3+4 (discontinued) or equivalent.

Recommended previous knowledge

Fluent knowledge of written Arabic (four semesters minimum); English; for some secondary texts German reading knowledge would be helpful.


14-week seminar (2 hours/week) with class readings and intermittent lecture-style presentations by teacher and students.

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Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Seminar paper (semesteroppgave; 8-10 pp.; footnotes and appendices excluded) on a relevant topic to be agreed upon. It must be presented orally in class, along with a 1-2 pp. written handout / “thesis paper”, before it can be submitted.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


Reading list is to be agreed upon between student and lecturer.

Facts about this course






Spring 2007

Replaced by ARA4304 – Contemporary Arabic Literature: Texts and Contexts (discontinued) Spring 08


Spring 2007

Replaced by ARA4304 – Contemporary Arabic Literature: Texts and Contexts (discontinued) Spring 08

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