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Arabic with Middle Eastern and North African Studies I

The course contains the first semester's studies in Arabic with Middle Eastern and North African studies. Within the framework of the course, you will study the grammar of modern standard Arabic, word theory as well as basic syntax. The course also includes studies in the Middle East and North Africa's early history and religions.

This course requires no previous knowledge of Arabic.

The course develops basic knowledge of standard Arabic, grammar, phonetics as well as elementary skills in oral and written Arabic as students practise their Arabic reading and listening comprehension.

The course also provides an introduction to early Middle Eastern and North African history and religion with focus on the historical development in the region from 1800 BC to 1500 BC, and the main outlines of the three Abrahamic religions; Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

  • Course structure

    The course contains four modules.

    Modules

    Modern Standard Arabic I, 7.5 credits
    This module deals with the basics of the Arabic writing system and the phoneme of the language, as well as the basics of Arabic grammar, its form and word formation and syntax.

    Modern Standard Arabic II, 7.5 credits
    This module is a continuation of the module Modern Standard Arabic I, 7.5 credits, and also covers the basics of Arabic grammar, its form and word theory, and syntax. The course provides in-depth knowledge of, above all, nominal sentences and verb phrases.

    Language Proficiency I, 7.5 credits
    This course deals with oral and written proficiency. Within the course, the focus is on developing the student's vocabulary and ability to form sentences in Arabic, in both speech and writing.

    Middle East: Early History and Religions 7.5 credits
    This course gives an overview of the historical development in the Middle East and North Africa from approximately 1800 BCE to 1500 CE. The course also covers the three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), their history, tenets of belief, holy scriptures, rites and central doctrinal groupings.

    Teaching format

    Lectures and seminars.

    Course details and resources

    Course infromation, details and literature lists can be found in the learning platform:
    Athena

    Please note that only registered students have access to downloadable resourses such as PDF documents.

    Assessment

    See the the course description in Swedish.

    Examiner

    Modern Standard Arabic I, 7.5 credits: Tania al-Saadi
    Modern Standard Arabic II, 7.5 credits: Tania al-Saadi
    Language Proficiency I, 7.5 credits: Astrid Ottosson al-Bitar and Samim Elias
    Middle East: Early History and Religions 7.5 credits: Elie Wardini

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    The course literature for Autumn 2021 is being updated.

  • Contact

    Do you have questions about the courses in Middle Eastern and North Africa's Languages and Cultures?

    Student Councelor:
    studievagledare.asien@su.se

    Director of Studies:
    Martin Säfström
    Room 104, Kräftriket 4B
    Phone: 08-16 29 43