Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Individual Research in Classical Arabic Texts: Biography and Autobiography
N690 | 26548 | Scalenghe


This course examines the Arabic biographical and autobiographical
tradition, from the earliest extant example of the biographical
dictionary genre (Ibn Sa`dís ninth-century Kitab al-tabaqat al-
kubra) to Taha Husaynís twentieth-century autobiography, al-Ayyam.
This course will entail the close reading and translation of such
texts. However, class assignments will also include discussion and
analysis of the value of Arab-Islamic biographical literature as
both literary and historiographic genres in order to develop and
refine studentsí skills in using Arabic texts as primary sources for
research. Special attention will be afforded to each studentís
individual language needs and research interests.