NES 387 / MED 387 / COM 319

The Nature of Reality in Medieval Arabic Literature

Lara Harb

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This course will look at a variety of canonical texts and genres from the Classical Arabic literary heritage and examine them through the question of “truth” and “representation.” In a culture that is often said to frown upon fictional writing, we will explore attitudes towards language as a means of gaining knowledge about the world, on the one hand, and as a way to depict “reality,” on the other. The texts we will be reading range from pre-Islamic poetry to 13th century shadow plays and cover a wide range of topics, including philosophy, mysticism, historiography, as well as Islamic science and art. Readings will be in English.

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