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Arabic 122: Advanced Arabic

Home, Family, and Migration in the Modern Arabic Short Story


Jocelyn Sharlet




Arabic 121 or consent of instructor (



In this course we will explore the literature, culture, and society of Egypt and the other eastern Mediterranean Arab countries (Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan) by reading and discussing short stories by major Arab writers. Readings will be in Arabic. Each story will be accompanied by a vocabulary list and discussion questions which students can complete in class. Emphasis will be on understanding vocabulary and grammar, articulating the point of view of major characters, and paying attention to the cultural context of each story. We will read stories by writers such as Baha’ Tahir, Ghassan Kanafani, Emily Nasrallah, ‘Abd al-Hakim Qasim, and Salwa Bakr. Students who have completed ARB 121, or who have equivalent Arabic skills and the instructor’s permission are welcome. Evaluation will be based on completion of discussion questions in class, participation in discussion, two vocabulary quizzes, one one-page summary of a story, and one two-page composition about a story.

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities and World Cultures.

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours.


  • Readings will be made available online or in a course reader.
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