This course will consist of the close reading and contextual
the tradition of Mada’ih Nabawiyyah (Praise Poems to the
focusing on three main texts: the Burdahs of Ka’b ibn
al-Busiri, and the Nahj al-Burdah of Ahmad Shawqi, as well as
related texts from the Arabic tradition. We will examine the
and the traditions of relics and miracles, commentary,
and translation that grow out of them. Students who work in
languages are welcome to present related works from other
Grades will be based on class attendance and participation
presentations (33%); and a final research paper (33%).
Reading knowledge of Classical Arabic.