This course focuses on the study of rhythm and rhyme in classical Arabic poetry besides targeting the new tempos integral to blank verse and free verse and the prose poem.
This course is intended to acquaint students with the various genres of Arabic literature, ancient and modern (poetry, prose, the essay, fiction, biography, drama) and with certain grammatical and linguistic studies to familiarize them with the various modes of literary expression in Arabic. Students will practice writing used in various genres.
This course deals with techniques of creative writing such as story, novel and play. Such writings need, besides the talent, experience and training in order to develop students capability of creative writing.
This course deals with studying the Arabic word structure regarding its derivation, affixation, vocalization, etc. It studies, as well, the derivative types, the system of the Arabic nominal sentence and its nuclear constituents, and the different types of both the subject and predicate and their relati; such as anastrophe and the annullers, with a special attention to applications of these issues to the Qur’anic and different literary texts, and analyzing these texts in the light of modern linguistic methods.
This course will look at Literary Theories of the twentieth century. It is this course is a survey of literary theory and it’s a particular emphasis on providing a context for women’s theory. The course will also seek to view these theories in relation to Women’s studies, with introductions to the most prominent informing theorists in Women’s studies, and such topics as ‘the relationship between Postmodernism and Women’s’ Studies.
This course is intended to acquaint students with the rhetorical heritage of Arabic as represented by the three disciplines "al-Ma'ani" (Semantics), "al-Bayan" (Eloquence), and "al-Badi" (Art of Metaphors). The course also aims at directing the students' attention to the style of the Holy Qur'an and the aesthetic value of great literary texts.
This course deals with analyzing a variety of literary texts belonging to several genres from different periods. It aims at acquainting the students with the literary and linguistic analyses in the light of the old and modern analytical methods in language and criticism.
This course provides a survey of modern linguistic theories and their methodologies and applications to ancient and modern texts. It studies the concept of language, its nature and functions, and its psycho-socio-linguistic concepts.
This course is concerned with connection between writing skill as a means of communication and digital technology which became very common nowadays. Special emphasis will be given to introduce students to the new writing techniques resulting from this connection and its types and characteristics. In addition, this course focuses on consequences of using new technological writing tools mouse – screen instead of that traditional ones pen – sheet and consequences of alteration writing material from simple words to sound and graphics besides words
This course introduces students to Arabic phonetics and explains its relation to other branches of linguistics. Students will be trained to pronounce Arabic sounds correctly, distinguish between sounds and functions, understand the causes of sound change, and have some knowledge of the latest developments in the field. The course touches on the sound system of Arabic and the relation between phonetics and phonology, together with the methods of research and the modern apparatus available to teach this science.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Classical sources, methodologies, and the current debates focusing on women in Arabic heritage. The course will investigate social status of women with particular attention to issues of class and ethnicity. Thus, we will also explore the similarities and differences between old and contemporary notions of female identity and the position of women in society.
This course focuses on the meters of Arabic poetry, its beginnings, parts, changes, rhythm, and rhymes. The course also clarifies the developments of poetic meters and rhythm in different ages (from the age of al-muwashah to the age of the modern, new verse), with various poetic practices.
This course is intended to acquaint students with the critical activity of the pre-Islamic, early Islamic, Umayyad, and Abbasids periods in order to familiarize them with its major theoreticians, trends, and issues through a study of the major critical texts
This course studies the system of the sentence in Arabic and its semantic characteristics, The Arabic rhetorical heritage where the student may be able to draw on its artistic and aesthetic values and apply the insights of this discipline to texts written in verse and prose selected from all periods, and comparing the achievement of the ancients with the modern critical and stylistic studies in order to combine originality with modernity
This course surveys the history of poetry in the first Abbasid age and studies the achievements of the major poets of the period, linking them and their poetry to their cultural background. It also clarifies the intellectual, religious, and social phenomena that influenced their literary works.
This course introduces students to Emirati literature: poetry, fiction, drama, and the essay. It compares the literary, artistic, and aesthetic features of Emirati Literature with Gulf and Arabic Literature. The course discusses the interrelationships of those literatures, which are connected by a common language and religion, but have differences in history, identity, and culture.
This course deals with contemporary Arabic literature in the Gulf: its relation to Arabic literature in general, its development, kinds, and trends, with an emphasis on the literature of the United Arab Emirates.
This course studies the major Arabic literary works in the late Abbasid era (4th and 5th century) as an expression of the spirit of the age. It focuses on intellectual and scientific developments and on literary issues in both poetry and prose.
This course aims at developing functional writing skills of the students by training them how to write official letters, reports, notes, advertisements, personal invitations, filling out the application form, building curriculum vita resume, and summaries.
This course tackles the Arabic verbal sentence regarding its nuclear constituents and the changes to which they submit; such as anastrophe, mentioning and deletion, with studying the sentence complements. It deals also with the prepositions and their meanings, the genitive, subordinators, and the major grammatical styles, with a special attention to applications to the Qur’anic and different literary texts, and analyzing these texts in the light of modern linguistic methods
This course aims at introducing students to some Women’s literary texts and their artistic characteristics. It connects the modern Arabic Women’s literature to the international Women’s issues. Course wills raises some questions such as: do we have, indeed, a modern Arabic feminist literature? Is that literature influenced by Arabic heritage/ international feminist movements/ local social circumstances? How did this literature arise?
This course surveys ancient and modern questions connected with semantics and the various semantic theories that contribute to lexicography, as they are applied to Arabic dictionaries. The study of semantics touches on its theories. Lexicography, on the other hand, is treated as the application of semantics. In addition, the course considers the various schools of Arabic lexicography and their views on meaning and explanation
This course explores pre-Islamic poetry, its beginnings, and the influence of the Bedouin and urban environments on it. The course discusses matters like narration, recording, plagiarism, and documentation. This course surveys the literature of the early Islamic period and that of the Umayyads. It discusses the major issues, such as the attitude of Islam towards poetry, texts, and authors, linking them to the historical background
This course studies the history of writing and recording the great books in the traditional Arabic heritage. Students also become acquainted with main sources of literature such as the anthologies, collections of poetry, general literary books, biographies, and the great books in language, criticism, syntax, rhetoric, lexicons, and encyclopedias.
This course surveys the philosophy of language among the ancients and the moderns and the effects of these philosophies on matters like homonymy and autonomy. The course also deals with the origins of human language and its development in childhood, and with phonetic, morphological, and grammatical systems.
This practicum course requires students to apply the concepts, knowledge and skills they have acquired in their program studies to careers in education, libraries, diplomacy, journalism, media and cultural institutions. It develops skills required by teachers in lesson design and educational aids, librarians in cataloguing works, and all students in writing and editing official communications. Students are expected to use the university library, attend conferences and general lectures e.g. in the Zayed Center, and other university activities in the preparation of their projects, students will practice three hours a day.
This course focuses on acquainting the students with research in language and Literature regarding its concept, principles, characteristics, importance and sources and references. It introduces students to the methods of research in language and Literature.
This course focuses on the development of the linguistic structure of Arabic and the Arabic of the early Islamic era as described by the early Arab phoneticians. Attention should be paid to the various schools of thought among Arab philologists in the light of modern linguistic theory
This course will draws upon the entire body of writing that concerns women in different programs, it may focus on different themes, periods, ideas, or issues related to women’s study and special emphasis will be given to the principal concerns of women in UAE. Each student will be expected to pursue an individual research project making use of primary material, scholarly journals, and other library material
This course surveys the literature of these areas and highlights its importance in the history of Arabic literature. It studies the literary relations between the eastern and western parts of the Arab world and stresses some of the new forms (musashshah and zajal) and themes (descriptions of nature, elegies on cities and states, the journey), and gives some attention to the most influential writers of verse and prose.
This course studies the Arabic literature of the new metropolitan areas, the Zinky's to the Ottoman era, and pays particular attention to the forms and patterns arising in the new environments: popular modes of expression reflecting the contemporary state of the Islamic world. Literary texts of different ages in both poetry and prose will be analyzed.
This course involves a study of the various modern critical theories and their application. The major representatives of each school will receive particular attention and the major issues of criticism will be discussed
This course is intended to give practical training in matters covered in the theoretical courses in courses in grammar and morphology that the student has already studied. Its aim is to reinforce the students' theoretical and practical knowledge by helping them to acquire the necessary skills in oral and written expression. The texts chosen will be selected so as to instill in the students' minds the basic patterns of Arabic sentences, both nominal and verbal and to represent the different ages of Arabic language and literature.
This course encourages students to learn to appreciate our critical and rhetorical heritage by familiarizing them with texts from the major references. Students will study the critical and rhetorical issues raised by these texts and the influence they have exercised on our modern critics. Students are thus expected to approve or disapprove in accordance with objective standards originating in the past but modified by modern endeavors.
This course covers the rise and development of modern literary genres written in verse and prose and studies some of the major figures and texts. It touches on the following topics with specific analytical readings in poetry, novels, stories, and plays: General influences on modern Arabic literature, causes of development; poetry -- movements and major figures; prose -- forms and major figures.
This course deals with a major field of literary studies. Comparative literature is an immense field that examines the literature of two or more different languages, cultures, or nations. This course looks at the rich interactions between and among Arabic literatures and English-language literatures, with a focus on the similarities and mutual influences in form, content, theme, characterization, aesthetics, and poetics.
This course provides students with basic research skills and enables them to research and investigate literary and linguistic cognitive fields according to their research interests, in addition to theoretical principles related to the process of research and knowledge. The student acquires the required knowledge on practical issues in terms of writing techniques, basics and the effective use of electronic and printed resources.
This course explores the complicated intersections between Arabic grammar and other related Islamic sciences such as logic and semantics.
This course investigates efforts by Arab grammarians to develop and modernize Arabic syntax . Moreover, the course will also tackle the avant-Garde studies and research works by scholars such as Ebrahim Shawqi Deif , Mahdi Al-Makhzoumi and others.
This course approaches different pivotal issues and major trends related to classical Arabic language studies within the parameters of Arabic language heritage.
Every PhD student must pass a Comprehensive Examination (CE) designed to evaluate the breadth and depth of the student’s knowledge of his or her discipline, as well as the student’s scholarly potential. The CE consists of a written and an oral part and will be prepared, administered, and evaluated by an examination committee from the student’s concerned department. It must be taken before the start of the student’s fifth semester in the program. Students taking the CE must be in good academic standing after completion of the required coursework. The CE may be repeated only once, no later than the end of the student’s fifth semester. A second unsuccessful attempt leads to immediate termination of the student’s enrollment in the PhD program. The CE course is non-credit rated, while a Pass or Fail result for each attempt will be recorded on the student’s academic transcript.
Student prepares a concise and complete Research Proposal that clearly defines the research problem and objectives, and outlines the research methodology and a plan that the student will follow for the dissertation work. The proposal should be completed under the direction of the student’s supervisor and must be approved by the Advisory Committee. The proposal’s content and format must follow the PhD Research Proposal Preparation Guidelines issued by the College of Graduate Studies. The Research Proposal course is non-credit rated, while a Pass or Fail result for each attempt will be recorded on the student’s academic transcript.
Student conducts high quality academic research under the direction of his/her supervisor. Student and supervisor shall meet on regular basis and discuss progress and issues related to the student’s dissertation research. Furthermore, the student writes an annual report based on a meeting with supervisor and Advisory Committee, in which a review is conducted to determine progress, identify problems, and project dates for completion of various tasks. The research shall represent original contribution to human knowledge in the particular academic field and is presented in a written research dissertation of a publishable standard. The document shall also demonstrate the candidate’s acquaintance with the literature of the field and the proper selection and execution of research methodology. The physical form of the dissertation must comply with the regulations stated in the Thesis and Dissertation Preparation Guidelines, issued by the College of Graduate Studies.
Student defends his/her research dissertation in the form of an oral presentation in a public session, followed by a closed session, before a Dissertation Examination Committee, which includes internal and external examiners. The outcome of the overall evaluation of the dissertation is based on two main parts: (1) the Committee’s evaluation of the dissertation document and (2) the Committee’s evaluation of the dissertation defense. The final result shall be one of the following: (1) Approve dissertation as presented, (2) Approved with minor revisions, (3) Re-examine after making major revisions, or (4) Rejection of dissertation and dismissal. The Dissertation Defense course is non-credit rated, while a Pass or Fail result for each attempt will be recorded on the student’s academic transcript.
This course traces the most significant trends in Arabic poetry and prose from the pre-Islamic period until the Andalusian era.
This course deals with major comparative literature schools encompassing American, French, German and Russian literatures. The courses also studies areas of mutual influence among these schools. Furthermore, the course engages comparative zones such as literary translation, Orientalism and intertextuality.
This course tackles contemporary literary theory from different perspectives including controversy over literary terminology, methodology and current critical trends integral to the criticism of poetry and prose.
The seminar examines the genesis and evolution of classical Arabic criticism . Besides investigating the impact of foreign critical movements on Arabic criticism , the seminar aesthetically articulates the hermeneutics of interpretation including the text of the holy Quran. Further, the course critically approaches several classical poetic collections interrogating plagiarism in poetry and questioning the critical attitudes toward Al-Mutanabi and Abu-Tammam.
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