Near Eastern Languages & Cultures | In Praise of the Prophet: Text, Intertext, Hypertext in the Two Mantle Odes (in English)fal00
N701 | 3395 | Stetkevych

Course Meets: 4:00 - 5:15 TR WH 116
Instructors: Prof. Suzanne Stetkevych & Mr. Ayman el-Haj

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 c. 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
Prerequisites: none

Selected Readings:
Finneran, Richard (ed.) The Literary Text in the Digital Age. Ann Arbor, MI: U of Michigan P, 1996.

Lane, Edward William. Arabian Society in the Middle Ages: Studies  from the Thousand and One
Nights. London: Curzon, 1987

Ong, Walter. Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word. London:    Methuen, 1982.

Schimmel, Annemarie. And Muhammad is His Messenger: The Veneration of the  Prophet in Islamic
Piety. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1985.