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Courses in LSA Near Eastern Studies
Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies (AAPTIS)
The division of Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies (AAPTIS) offers instruction at the introductory to the advanced levels in medieval and modern Arabic, Armenian, Persian, and Turkish languages and literatures. Courses in the histories and cultures of select regions represented by these language groups are also offered as are a wide range of topics in Islamic studies.
AAPTIS 403. Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I
AAPTIS 202 or 205 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) AAPTIS 202 or 205, or assignment to AAPTIS 403 by placement test. (4). May not be repeated for credit. F.

The objectives of this course are to develop fluency and accuracy in understanding, speaking and writing modern standard Arabic and to expand students' awareness of Arab-Islamic culture and traditions. The course is based on a variety of literary texts and authentic cultural audio visual materials. The course materials reflect not only the literary but also the cultural, social and political trends of contemporary Arabic society.

AAPTIS 404. Advanced Modern Standard Arabic II
AAPTIS 403 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) AAPTIS 403 or by assignment to AAPTIS 404 by placement test. (4). May not be repeated for credit. AAPTIS 404 is not open to native speakers of Arabic. All other students who have not completed AAPTIS 403 on the UM-Ann Arbor campus, including U-M students returning from study abroad, must take the Arabic proficiency exam in order to determine their placement.

This course continues the process of developing fluency and ease in the use of modern standard Arabic for both oral and written communication. It is mainly designed for learners of Arabic at the advanced level of proficiency. The course includes a wide variety of authentic textual and audio visual materials ranging from correspondents to short stories, essays, plays, poems, excerpts from speeches and panel discussions as well as tape recordings of live speeches and lectures and short films.

AAPTIS 411. Classical Arabic Grammar
Three years of Arabic study. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course will approach the study of Arabic grammar in the same way as it was approached by traditional Arab grammarians. We will analyze the structure of Arabic discourse by applying Arabic grammatical terminology and highlighting the relationship of the lexical meaning of the term to its denoted function. Illustrative examples are taken from classical texts including but not limited to Qur'an, Hadith, literary prose and pre-Islamic poetry.

AAPTIS 412. Intensive Advanced Business Arabic I and II
AAPTIS 202, or 204, or 205 with a minimum grade of C. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) This course is for students, community members, and government personnel who have completed at least two years of Arabic and wish to continue Arabic study for career and professional purposes. (8 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in AAPTIS 409 or 410. Rackham credit requires additional work.

AAPTIS 412 is an 8-credit intensive course equivalent in content, objectives, requirement and credits to the non-intensive two semester non-intensive two semester sequence AAPTIS 409-410.

AAPTIS 432. Arabic Phonology and Morphophonology
AAPTIS 202 or AAPTIS 205 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who are enrolled in or have completed AAPTIS 535. Taught in English.

Arabic Phonology and Morphology examines the phonetic, phonological, and morphophonological features of standard and dialectal Arabic.

AAPTIS 433 / LING 433. Arabic Syntax and Semantics
AAPTIS 202 or 205 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit.

The course examines generative syntactic theory, especially the notion of principles and parameters, as well as functional, cognitive, and lexical semantic approaches and their relevance of analysis to standard Arabic and at least one Arabic dialect, using as a reference point medieval Arabic grammar.

AAPTIS 434. Arabic Historical Linguistics and Dialectology
AAPTIS 202 or AAPTIS 205 (completed with a minimum grade of C or better). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course surveys the development of the Arabic language from its origins to the present. The structure and development of Old, Middle, and Modern Arabic and their affinities to other indigenous dialects and languages are outlined. The historical implications of the development of communal dialects, sociolinguistic variation, and inherent linguistic variability are treated.

AAPTIS 440. The Literature of the Turks
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English.

AAPTIS 454. Arabic Second Language Acquisition
AAPTIS 202 or 205, (completed with a minimum grade of C or better). (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Arabic second language acquisition examines: (1) how Arabic as a second/foreign language is learned, (2) what factors contribute to different learning outcomes and variability, and (3) how second language learners of Arabic with different native language backgrounds can attain superior or near native competence. Research findings on Arabic and other languages are explored not only from the perspective of the researcher, but also from that of the teacher. Hence, the course helps students in developing skills to interpret research findings as well as using relevant findings to inform teaching.

AAPTIS 459. Ottoman Turkish Culture
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English.

An introduction to the Turko-Islamic elite and popular culture of the Ottoman Empire. The course approaches its subject within the broader context of Islamic culture on the one hand, and the specific geographical and social conditions of the Ottoman world on the other.

AAPTIS 461 / HISTORY 442. The First Millennium of the Islamic Near East
Junior standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English.

AAPTIS 462 / HISTORY 428. The Rise of Islam
Junior standing or permission of instructor. Taught in English. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English.

The Near East and eastern Mediterranean world in late antiquity; Muhammad and the formation of Islam; the early Islamic empire at its heights.

AAPTIS 465 / RELIGION 465. Islamic Mysticism
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English.

Beginning with the Qur'anic origins of Islamic mysticism and its early Christian and ascetic influences, this course will explore the central themes and institutional forms of Sufism, a stream of Islam which stresses the esoteric (mystical) dimensions of religious faith. It will reflect upon the inward quest and devotions of Muslim mystics as these have been lived and expressed in art, theology, literature, and fellowship since the 8th century CE.

AAPTIS 467 / RELIGION 467. Shi'ism: The History of Messianism and the Pursuit of Justice in Islamdom
Junior standing or permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

The course will survey the history of diverse Alid movements from the assassination of Ali (d.661) to the crystallization of shi'ism into distinct political, legal and theological schools (Twelver, Isma'ili, Zaydi), and ends with the establishment of Twelver Shi'ism as an imperial religion in Safvi Iran (1501-1722). Emphasis on the debate over authority.

AAPTIS 474 / ARMENIAN 416. An Introduction to Modern Armenian Literature
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English.

This course will outline a history of Armenian Literature from the 16th to the 20th centuries, concentrating on the works of major authors who flourished within and without Armenia. Both the traditional and new literature will be analyzed, but a greater emphasis will be placed on the 19th-20th centuries, including Eastern and Western Armenian literatures, literature of the post-Genocide dispersion, and that of Soviet Armenia.

AAPTIS 486. Topics in Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
(3). May be elected three times for credit. Taught in English.

This course will focus on three main topics. 1) Mappings of the Arabic Renaissance: an alternative, cultural, literary and intellectual reading of the Arab Renaissance (Nahdah) from the standout of its forerunners. A special emphasis will be put on the emergence of the concept of time, heralding the birth of the Arabic novel. 2) The Rise of the Arabic Novel: the emergence of this literary genre in modern Arabic literature has always been a very controversial issue, in point of the origin and possible influences, both intrinsic and foreign. We will attempt to subvert some of the prevalent notions, and reexamine some of the counter-arguments. 3) Autobiography in Modern Arabic Literature: against a background of literary theory, we will conduct a close reading, in English translation, of selected texts that are either novels disguised autobiographies, or autobiographies disguised as novels.

AAPTIS 487 / HISTORY 443. Modern Middle East History
(4). May not be repeated for credit.

Impact of the West on the Islamic Near East in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Emphasis is on the modernization of the Ottoman Empire and Republican Turkey and Egypt, the rise of the Arab and Zionist nationalisms and the subsequent Arab-Israeli dispute, and inter-Arab and international rivalries to the present.

AAPTIS 488. History of Arabic Literature in English
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English.

An introduction to the literary history of Arabic, from the earliest to modern times. Works in English translation will exemplify this literature which is drawn from poetry and prose. Lectures and class discussion will relate these writings to the societies, historical circumstances, and cultural values to which they give expression.

AAPTIS 491. Topics in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies
(3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

This course is for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in the field of Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish and Islamic Studies taught by a temporary faculty or as a testing course for permanent faculty.

AAPTIS 493 / MENAS 493. Comparative Perspectives of the Middle East and North Africa
(1). May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This 1-credit course, jointly offered by CMENAS and the Near Eastern Studies, brings together a diverse cohort of specialists covering 5000 years of history, languages, and culture, and a geographical area stretching from the Atlantic to Central Asia. Through a series of lectures by UM faculty and outside speakers, addressing a particular theme chose for that semester, students consider multiple perspectives of comparative research across the ages and cultures.

AAPTIS 495 / HISTORY 429 / RELIGION 496 / WOMENSTD 471. Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
Students should preferably have had one course in Islamic Studies. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English.

An introduction to Muslim understanding of gender and gender relations, first through a study of those sacred texts (Qur'an and Hadith) that came to define the ideal woman and man, as well as their roles and relationships. Then, gender participation in the political and cultural life of the Safavi, Ottoman and Mughal Courts shall be explored to view the interplay between theory and practice.

AAPTIS 501. Advanced Arabic Conversation and Composition
AAPTIS 404 or equivalent. Taught in Arabic. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in Arabic. F.

AAPTIS 502. Advanced Arabic Readings in Special Subjects
AAPTIS 501 or equivalent. Taught in Arabic. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in Arabic.

AAPTIS 504. Advanced Arabic Media I
AAPTIS 404 or equivalent. (4). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in Arabic.

Emphasizes developing ease and fluency in listening, speaking, reading and writing journalistic Arabic. Course material includes unedited news items and radio and television programs which serve as the basis for class discussion and writing summaries.

AAPTIS 506. Intensive Advanced Arabic Media I and II
AAPTIS 404. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (8). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This course covers a host of political, economic, historical and social issues in the contemporary Arab world, with a special focus on critical reading, analysis and writing. It is conducted entirely in Arabic and intended for students who have completed at least three years of Arabic and wish to continue Arabic study for academic and professional purposes.

AAPTIS 515. Colloquial Egyptian Arabic, I
AAPTIS 102 or equivalent. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

The 515-516 sequence provides oral and communicative practice based on situational dialogues as used by native Egyptian speakers. The basic principles of pronunciation, grammar and functional vocabulary are emphasized through oral and pattern practice drills. The goal is to develop the ability to communicate with native speakers of Egyptian Arabic with some ease.

AAPTIS 516. Colloquial Egyptian Arabic, II
AAPTIS 515. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

The 515-516 sequence provides oral and communicative practice based on situational dialogues as used by native Egyptian speakers. The basic principles of pronunciation, grammar and functional vocabulary are emphasized through oral and pattern practice drills. The goal is to develop the ability to communicate with native speakers of Egyptian Arabic with some ease.

AAPTIS 517. Colloquial Levantine Arabic, I
AAPTIS 102 or equivalent. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in AAPTIS 217.

The 517-518 sequence provides extensive oral and communicative practice based on situational dialogues as used by native speakers in Jerusalem, Amman, Damascus and Beirut. Emphasis is placed on basic principles of pronunciation, grammar and functional vocabulary, the practical use of dialect through interactive communicative tasks, and cultural and social conventions.

AAPTIS 518. Colloquial Levantine Arabic, II
AAPTIS 517. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in AAPTIS 218.

The 517-518 sequence provides extensive oral and communicative practice based on situational dialogues as used by native speakers in Jerusalem, Amman, Damascus and Beirut. Emphasis is placed on basic principles of pronunciation, grammar and functional vocabulary, the practical use of dialect through interactive communicative tasks, and cultural and social conventions.

AAPTIS 519 / ASIANLAN 519. Introductory Central Asian Language
(4 - 5). May be elected three times for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in AAPTIS 119 or ASIANLAN 119. May not repeat the same language at the same level.

This course develops students' ability to speak, listen, read, and write at a basic level in the Central Asian language of their choice.

AAPTIS 520 / ASIANLAN 520. Introductory Central Asian Language II
AAPTIS 519 or ASIANLAN 519 with a grade of at least C-. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (4 - 5). May be elected three times for credit. May not repeat the same language at the same level. Undergraduate students elect AAPTIS 120 or ASIANLAN 120; graduate students elect AAPTIS 520 or ASIANLAN 520.

This course develops student's ability to speak, listen, read, and write at an intermediate level in the Central Asian language of their choice.

AAPTIS 531. Reading Modern Arab Authors in Arabic
AAPTIS 501 and permission of instructor. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Selected texts (novels, short stories, poetry, and personal interviews), written by modern Arab authors in the last two decades, will read and discussed in Arabic, with a special emphasis on the language and strategies of narration, cultural contextualizations and the sheer pleasure of reading an original text.

AAPTIS 533. Arabic Syntax and Semantics
AAPTIS 202 or 204. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit.

The course examines generative syntactic theory, especially the notion of principles and parameters. It also addresses functional, cognitive, and lexical semantic approaches and the relevance of analysis to Modern Standard Arabic and at least one Arabic dialect, using as a reference point medieval Arabic grammar.

AAPTIS 534. Arabic Historical Linguistics and Dialectology
AAPTIS 202 or 204. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course surveys the development of the Arabic language from its origins to the present. The structure and development of Old, Middle, and Modern Arabic and their affinities to other indigenous dialects and languages are outlined. The historical implications of the development of communal dialects, sociolinguistic variation, and inherent linguistic variability are treated.

AAPTIS 535. Arabic Phonology and Morphology
AAPTIS 202 or 204. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course examines the phonetics, phonological, and morphophonological features of literary and dialectal Arabic.

AAPTIS 541. Classical Persian Texts
AAPTIS 242 or 243. (3). May be elected four times for credit. Taught in English.

AAPTIS 544. Modern Persian Fiction
AAPTIS 242 or 243. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in Persian.

AAPTIS 545. Modern Persian Nonfiction
AAPTIS 242 or 243. Taught in Persian. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in Persian.

AAPTIS 549 / ASIANLAN 549. Intermediate Central Asian Language I
(3 - 5). May be elected three times for credit. Credit granted for up to three elections through any combination of AAPTIS 249 or 549, or ASIANLAN 249 or 549. Students may not repeat the same language at the same level.

This course develops student's ability to speak, listen, read, and write at an intermediate level in the Central Asian language of their choice.

AAPTIS 550 / ASIANLAN 550. Intermediate Central Asian Language II
AAPTIS 549 or ASIANLAN 549 with a grade of at least C-. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3 - 5). May be elected three times for credit. May not repeat the same language at the same level.

This course develops student's ability to speak, listen, read, and write at an intermediate level in the Central Asian language of their choice.

AAPTIS 553. Modern Turkish Readings
AAPTIS 252 or 255. (3). May be elected three times for credit.

Intensive linguistic practice in modern Turkish with thorough literary, historical, and philological analysis.

AAPTIS 555. Arabic Second Language Acquisition
AAPTIS 202 or 204. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Arabic second language acquisition examines: (1) how Arabic as a second/foreign language is learned; (2) what factors contribute to different learning outcomes and variability; and (3) how second language learners of Arabic of different native language backgrounds can attain superior or near native competence. Research findings on Arabic and other languages will be examined not only from the perspective of the researcher, but also from that of the teacher. Hence, the course also aims at developing the skills to interpret research findings as well as to use relevant findings to inform teaching.

AAPTIS 559 / ASIANLAN 559. Advanced Central Asian Language I
AAPTIS 550 or ASIANLAN 550. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3 - 4). May be elected three times for credit. May not repeat the same language at the same level.

This course develops student's ability to speak, listen, read, and write at an advanced level in the Central Asian language of their choice.

AAPTIS 560 / ASIANLAN 560. Advanced Central Asian Language II
AAPTIS 559 or ASIANLAN 559. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3 - 4). May be elected three times for credit. May not repeat the same language at the same level.

This course develops student's ability to speak, listen, read, and write at an advanced level in the Central Asian language of their choice.

AAPTIS 561. Modern Arabic Fiction
AAPTIS 403 or reading knowledge of Arabic. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Selected examples of contemporary imaginative prose writing, such as short and long fiction and drama, will be studied. Readings will be in Arabic and class discussions will be in English.

AAPTIS 563. Modern Arabic Nonfiction
AAPTIS 403 or reading knowledge of Arabic. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course introduces the work of major Arab writers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Variable in focus according the interests of the class, readings are selected for translation, analysis, and commentary. The course explores the historical progression in the development of political and societal theories in modern times in the Arab world.

AAPTIS 567. Readings in Classical Islamic Texts
AAPTIS 404. (3). May be elected four times for credit. Taught in English.

Selected theological, philosophical, historical, and geographical texts.

AAPTIS 591. Topics in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies
(3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

This course is for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in the field of Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies taught by a temporary faculty or as a testing course for permanent faculty.

AAPTIS 592. Seminar in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies
(3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

This seminar course is for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in the field of Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies taught by temporary faculty or as a testing course for permanent faculty.

AAPTIS 593. Mini Course - Topics in Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies
(1). May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

This mini course is for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in the field of Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies taught by temporary faculty or as testing course for permanent faculty.

AAPTIS 793 / HISTORY 793 / MENAS 695. Seminar: The Study of the Near East
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

AAPTIS 798. Directed Graduate Readings
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

AAPTIS 837. Arabic Teaching Methodology
Permission of instructor and advanced knowledge of Arabic. Graduate standing. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

AAPTIS 838. Arabic Curriculum Development
(2). May not be repeated for credit.

The main purpose of this course is to provide students and Arabic instructors with training in curriculum development. The course starts with a review of the various approaches to foreign language curriculum design, followed by careful study and analysis of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and ACTFL National Standards of Foreign Language Learning. The participants will be guided through examination of successful models of curriculum samples to design curriculum materials covering the four language skills for all levels of Arabic instruction. The course features hands-on work with material development in small groups under the direction of the course instructor.

AAPTIS 990. Dissertation/Precandidate
Election for dissertation work by doctoral candidate not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing. (1 - 8; 1 - 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

AAPTIS 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program
Consent of instructor required. Must have a Teaching Assistantship. Graduate standing. (1). May not be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

AAPTIS 995. Dissertation/Candidate
Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (8; 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS)
ACABS 411. Introduction to Akkadian
(3). May not be repeated for credit. F.

ACABS 412. Akkadian Texts
ACABS 411. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ACABS 414 / RELIGION 442. Mythology and Literature of Ancient Mesopotamia
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course will provide a broad introduction to the two and a half millennia of Sumerian and Akkadian writing including myth and literature. It will be studied from a variety of perspectives, concentrating on the historical and social contexts of writing. Genre theory, semiotics, hermeneutics and reader response will be studied in conjunction with the unique problems of ancient myths.

ACABS 421 / CLCIV 483 / RELIGION 488. Christianity and Hellenistic Civilizations
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This seminar course covers a number of topics exploring the relationship between Christianity as a religious tradition in antiquity and the cultural and social traditions of the ancient Mediterranean.

ACABS 427 / GREEK 473. Advanced Koine
Two years of Greek, one term of New Testament Greek (300 level or equivalent). (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Interpretation of selected New Testament texts with attention to philological, historical, and theological problems. This course also provides an introduction to questions of the textual transmission of New Testament writings.

ACABS 474 / AAS 474. The Archaeology of Nubia
ACABS 281, ACABS 382, AAS 200, or ANTHRARC 282. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course presents the archaeology and history of one of Africa's earliest civilizations, Nubia, which is located along the Nile in what is today southern Egypt and northern Sudan. It summarizes developments in Nubian history from the expansion of the Sahara desert and the first human settlement in the Nile Valley and concluding with the fall of Meroe in about AD 300. Topics include rise of states and empires, colonialism, identities, international trade, and the relationship of climate change to social development. The course concludes with discussions of modern politics of cultural heritage and museums in the Middle East and Africa.

ACABS 485. Introduction to Middle Egyptian, I
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

An introduction to the grammar and literature of ancient Egypt, and to the hieroglyphic script.

ACABS 487 / WOMENSTD 487. Gender and Society in Ancient Egypt
Some familiarity with Egypt is helpful. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Using ancient texts in translation, secondary readings and artifacts in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, students in this course will examine the definitions of gender, gender roles and relations and the impact of status, religion, sexuality and ethnicity on ancient Egyptian understandings of gender.

ACABS 491. Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies
(3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

This course is for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in the field of Ancient Civilization and Biblical Studies taught by temporary faculty or as a testing course for permanent faculty.

ACABS 511. Introduction to Sumerian
(3). May not be repeated for credit. F.

ACABS 513. Ancient Mesopotamia
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Sumerian, Babylonian, Asserian Civilization from the first cuneiform documents to the fall of the Neo-Babylonian empire; special attention to issues of social and political organization.

ACABS 521. Coptic, I
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

ACABS 522. Coptic, II
ACABS 521 or equivalent. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ACABS 570 / HJCS 570 / JUDAIC 570. Reading the Rabbis
Second year proficiency in Hebrew (HJCS 202). (4). May not be repeated for credit.

The class will study rabbinic sugyot in the original language and discuss modern scholarship and theory in rabbinic literature.

ACABS 587. Selected Topics in Ancient Egyptian History and Culture
ACABS 281 or ACABS 382 or HISTART 382 or ANTHRARC 381. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

This course is an in-depth seminar on the pivotal Middle Kingdom (ca. 2040-1650 BCE) in ancient Egypt which investigates the period from a diachronic and critical historical perspective through a combination of textual and archaeological date. We will also contextualize the complex political, social and religious trends of the Middle Kingdom Egypt within the larger and interrelated systems of cultures in Africa, The Aegean and southwest Asia.

ACABS 591. Topics in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies
(3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

ACABS 592. Seminar in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies
(3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

ACABS 601. Advanced Readings in Classical Hebrew
ACABS 102; Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ACABS 602. Advanced Readings in Classical Hebrew
ACABS 601. Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ACABS 611. Akkadian Documents
ACABS 412 or equivalent. (3). May be elected four times for credit.

Readings of Akkadian legal, administrative, and economic documents.

ACABS 612. Akkadian Readings
ACABS 412. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

ACABS 613. Sumerian Literary Texts
ACABS 512. Graduate standing. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

ACABS 615. Sumerian Readings
ACABS 512. Graduate standing. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

ACABS 618. Hittite Readings
ACABS 415 or basic knowledge of Hittite and cuneiform script. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

Study of Hittite texts in their original cuneiform manuscript, with intensive review of grammar. Particular attention will be paid to the development of epigraphic skills. Each term we will focus on a different genre.

ACABS 798. Directed Graduate Readings
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

ACABS 990. Dissertation Research Precandidate
Election for dissertation work by doctoral candidate not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing. (1 - 8; 1 - 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

ACABS 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program
Consent of instructor required. Must have a Teaching Assistantship. Graduate standing. (1). May not be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

ACABS 995. Dissertation/Candidate
Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (8; 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

Armenian Studies (ARMENIAN)
ARMENIAN 416 / AAPTIS 474. An Introduction to Modern Armenian Literature
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English.

This course will outline a history of Armenian Literature from the 16th to the 20th centuries, concentrating on the works of major authors who flourished within and without Armenia. Both the traditional and new literature will be analyzed, but a greater emphasis will be placed on the 19th-20th centuries, including Eastern and Western Armenian literatures, literature of the post-Genocide dispersion, and that of Soviet Armenia.

Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies (HJCS)
HJCS 472. Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature, II
HJCS 302. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

HJCS 477 / JUDAIC 478 / RELIGION 478. Modern Jewish Thought
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English.

HJCS 478 / JUDAIC 468 / RELIGION 469. Jewish Mysticism
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English.

A critical study of the historical development of Jewish mysticism, its symbolic universe and its social ramifications. While the course will survey mystical traditions from the early rabbinic period through the modern, the focus will be on the variegated medieval stream known as kabbalah.

HJCS 491. Topics in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies
(3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

This course is for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in the field of Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies taught by temporary professors or as a testing course for permanent faculty.

HJCS 570 / ACABS 570 / JUDAIC 570. Reading the Rabbis
Second year proficiency in Hebrew (HJCS 202). (4). May not be repeated for credit.

The class will study rabbinic sugyot in the original language and discuss modern scholarship and theory in rabbinic literature.

HJCS 576 / JUDAIC 505. Introduction to Jewish Civilizations and Culture
Graduate standing. (4). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in JUDAIC 205/HJCS 276.

An interdisciplinary, introductory survey of Jewish civilization and culture from Biblical times to the present in many countries. Jewish culture and civilization, among the oldest extant, have been enriched by their development in different cultural contexts. The course includes history, rabbinics, Jewish Thought, Hebrew and Yiddish literatures, sociology, political science.

HJCS 577 / JUDAIC 467 / RELIGION 471. Seminar: Topics in the Study of Judaism
(3). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Topics within history of modern Judaism such as reform and tradition in modern Judaism, theological responses to the Holocaust, modern Jewish philosophy. Topics will change.

HJCS 591. Topics in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies
(3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

HJCS 798. Directed Graduate Readings
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

HJCS 990. Dissertation Research Precandidate
Election for dissertation work by doctoral candidate not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing. (1 - 8; 1 - 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

HJCS 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program
Consent of instructor required. Must have a Teaching Assistantship. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1). May not be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

HJCS 995. Dissertation Research
Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (8; 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

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