Comparative Literature | In Praise of the Prophet Muhammad: Text, Intetext, Hypertext
C200 | 1220 | Stetkevych


4:00-5:15    TR      WH 116
Satisfies COAS Intensive Writing and AHLA

This course is designed to introduce American students to the literary
traditions of the Islamic world and to the use and production of
computer-generated materials in the humanities.  "The Two Mantle Odes"
refers to two renowned poems in praise of the Prophet: the first, a
classical ode recited to the Prophet in his lifetime (7th Century
C.E.); the second, a popular Sufi poem recited to the Prophet in a
dream (13th c).  In weekly meetings Component One of the course will
explore the poems in their original contexts, from the life of the
Muhammad to Mamluk Egypt of the 1001 Nights.  It will then trace their
dissemination, in various forms, to other parts and periods of
Islamdom.  Component Two is designed to familiarize the students,
theoretically and practically, with the issues, problems, techniques
and prospects surrounding the field of electronic text projects and
products.  With the early weekly meetings devoted to the roots of the
humanities-informatics nexus, the class progresses gradually through a
combination of background readings, lecturing from experts involved in
related projects and hands-on, computer-lab sessions.  During the last
three weeks of the course individual students projects will produce,
under the guidance of the instructors, sample electronic-text
resources (with supporting image and multimedia files) of Mantle Ode
related materials that can be browsed, searched, stored and
transferred.
Prerequisites: None
Requirements and Grading:  grades will be based on attendance and
participation, essay assignments, technology class and homework
exercises, and final project.

Selected Readings: Finneran, Richard (ed.) The Literary Text in the
Digital Age.  Anne Arbor, MI: U of Michigan P, 1996.
Lane, Edward William.  Arabian Society in the Middle
Ages:  Studies form the Thousand and One Nights.  London: Curzon,
1987.
Ong, Walter.  Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word.
London: Methuen, 1982.
Schimmel, Annemarie.  And Muammad is His Messenger:  The Veneration of
the Prophet in Islamic Piety.  Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P,
1985.