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Anthropology of the Middle East, Spring 2004
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This course examines traditional performances of the Arabic-speaking populations of the Middle ...

This course examines traditional performances of the Arabic-speaking populations of the Middle East and North Africa. Starting with the history of the ways in which the West has discovered, translated and written about the Orient, we will consider how power and politics play roles in the production of culture, narrative and performance. This approach assumes that performance, verbal art, and oral literature lend themselves to spontaneous adaptation and to oblique expression of ideas and opinions whose utterance would otherwise be censorable or disruptive. In particular we will be concerned with the way traditional performance practices are affected by and respond to the consequences of modernization. From the course home page: Topics include oral epic performance, sacred narrative, Koranic chant performance, the folktale, solo performance, cultural production and resistance.

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Anthropology
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M.I.T.
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Slyomovics, Susan
Globalization: the Good, the Bad, and the In-Between, Fall 2009
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This subject examines the paradoxes of contemporary globalization. Through lectures, discussions and ...

This subject examines the paradoxes of contemporary globalization. Through lectures, discussions and student presentations, we will study the cultural, linguistic, social and political impact of globalization across broad international borders and on specific language communities. We will consider answers to key questions such as: What are the contending definitions of globalization? What are the principal agents of change? How have those agents of change been transformed in our contemporary world? What's new, what's hybrid, and what's traditional? What does it mean to be a world citizen? How can world citizens preserve cultural specificity?

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World Cultures
World History
Economics
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Resnick, Margery
Tang, Patricia
Adab Arabic Poetry
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This website hosts many examples of poetry from the jahiliyyah period to ...

This website hosts many examples of poetry from the jahiliyyah period to the present in an attempt to create a comprehensive diwan of Arabic poetry. Some poems have an audio component. Users can browse poetry by time period, by audio file, by author's name, or by custom search. The website is also in English and there are many poems that have been translated into English, although some poems that are on the website in English are not on the website in Arabic and vice versa. Users can submit poetry to the website via a submission system.

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Languages
Literature
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Al-Bab (Portal)
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Al-Bab is a portal website designed to introduce non-Arabs to Arab culture ...

Al-Bab is a portal website designed to introduce non-Arabs to Arab culture by providing links to news sources, country profiles, articles, and a blog on Middle East current events. There are also specific links related to learning Arabic: dictionaries, language classes, textbooks, and other information pertaining to the study of Arabic. A free e-book, The Birth of Modern Yemen, is available for download.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
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British-Yemeni Society
Al-Hakawati Arab Cultural Trust
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al-hakawati is the Arabic word for 'the storyteller'. al-hakawati Arab Cultural Trust ...

al-hakawati is the Arabic word for 'the storyteller'. al-hakawati Arab Cultural Trust is an independent non-profit educational organization, registered in May 2006. Management and staff are located in Beirut, Lebanon, and New Jersey, USA. al-hakawati is a free educational resource and reference, made possible by the Arab Cultural Trust. The content of al-hakawati covers the 22 Arab states, members of the Arab League. The content is arranged thematically in ten sections, each with several subsections. New entries are regularly added.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
World Cultures
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Arab Cultural Trust
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Al-Maktaba Al-Shamila
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The Al-Maktaba al-Shamila (Comprehensive Library) application is a program that allows users ...

The Al-Maktaba al-Shamila (Comprehensive Library) application is a program that allows users to access the contents of the Comprehensive Library website on their mobile devices. This site hosts free copies of hundreds of works of Classical Arabic literature, including works on history, geography, and science, as well as texts on Islamic law, hadeeth, and the Qur'an. Users can add new books to the site, which is intended to be a comprehensive collection of the famous, classical texts of Islamic civilization.

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Languages
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Mu'asasa Al-Maktaba Al-Shamila
al-Muallaqat
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This website contains all of the muallaqat, or odes, from pre-Islamic Arabia. ...

This website contains all of the muallaqat, or odes, from pre-Islamic Arabia. They are recorded, some with accompanying music, along with the written text so listeners can read along. Many words are highlighted; these words include grammatical explanations. The website is full of information about classical Arabic poetry and includes a search engine where people can look for words by root. The website will then tell the user in what line(s) of poetry the word is located. The website is entirely in Arabic.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
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Ancient Civilizations of the World
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In this course, the student will study the emergence of the major ...

In this course, the student will study the emergence of the major civilizations of the ancient world, beginning with the Paleolithic Era (about 2.5 million years ago) and finishing with the end of the Middle Ages in fifteenth century A.D. The student will pay special attention to how societies evolved across this expanse of time - from fragmented and primitive agricultural communities to more advanced and consolidated civilizations. By the end of the course, the student will possess a thorough understanding of important overarching social, political, religious, and economic themes in the ancient world, ranging from the emergence of Confucian philosophy in Asia to the fall of imperial Rome. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: Identify and define the world's earliest civilizations, including the Neolithic Revolution, and describe how it shaped the development of these early civilizations; Identify, describe, and compare/contrast the first advanced civilizations in the world - Mesopotamia and Egypt; Identify and describe the emergence of the earliest civilizations in Asia: the Harappan and Aryan societies on the Indian subcontinent and the Shang and Zhou societies in China; Identify and describe the emergence of new philosophies - Daoism and Confucianism - during the Warring States period in China. Identify and describe the subsequent rise of the Qin and Han dynasties; Identify and describe the different periods that characterized ancient Greece - Archaic Greece (or the Greek Dark Ages), classical Greece, and the Hellenistic era; Identify and describe the characteristics of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic, and Imperial Rome; Analyze the emergence of the Mauryan and Gupta empires during the 'classical age' in India; Identify and analyze the Buddhist and Vedic (Hindu) faiths; Identify and describe the rise of civilizations in the Americas, particularly in Meso and South America; Analyze and describe the rise of Islam in the Middle East; Identify and describe the emergence of the Arab caliphate, the Umayyad dynasty, and Abbasid dynasty; Identify and describe the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire; Identify and analyze key facets of medieval society in Western EuropeĺÎĺĚ_ĺÜthe Catholic Church, feudalism, and the rise of technology and commerce; Analyze and interpret primary-source documents that elucidate the exchanges and advancements made in civilizations across time and space. (History 101)

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Arts and Humanities
Philosophy
World History
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The Saylor Foundation
Arab Countries Web Directory
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This website attempts to bring information about various Arab countries into a ...

This website attempts to bring information about various Arab countries into a single portal. Users can search by country or look for specific information relating to the Arab world. Links are provided to websites of airports and national airlines, Arab social networks, classifieds, hotels, embassies, and more. Links to news and articles relating to the Arab world are included.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
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Arab Culture and Civilization
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This website offers resources for those who are studying or teaching about ...

This website offers resources for those who are studying or teaching about the Arab world and Islam in general. Its language section contains information in English about the Arabic language including readings about the history of Arabic, the development of MSA and Arabic's importance in Islam. The website also has a series of video lectures by the well-known Arabic scholars Mahmoud Al-Batal, Kristen Brustad, and Said Badawi about the language.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
Performing Arts
Philosophy
World Cultures
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Reading
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National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE)
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film
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Arab Culture through Literature and Film is a five unit high school ...

Arab Culture through Literature and Film is a five unit high school curriculum that provides students with knowledge and tools toanalyze and understand the Arab world. The materials utilize a student-centered pedagogical approach that promotes critical thinking and respect and encourages engaged global citizenship. Through this curriculum, students will recognize shared themes across the region and gain a sense of the rich diversity inherent to the multidimensional cultures of the Arab world. Students will study life and culture in the Arab world and engage with primary sources including films, short stories, and poems. Exposing students to Arab voices and putting human faces on the Arab world will increase understanding and tolerance in the American classroom.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
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Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
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Middle East Studies Center
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Daily Life, Kinship, Marriage and Family
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Across the Arab world, kinship and familial association are cornerstones of society ...

Across the Arab world, kinship and familial association are cornerstones of society and the experience of every individual. Though each kin group functions in a unique way, there is a pervasive pattern of reliance on family networks regardless of religion, gender, ethnicity, or class. This unit explores concepts and structures of family in Arab societies from a variety of angles. Students will explore Jordanian customs and consider the values behind them and their relation to family. They will also hear from gay and lesbian Middle Easterners who reflect on their concepts of family and its impact on their coming-out processes. Students will read select short stories and poems and watch Ajami, a film in which the plot is fueled by character reactions to their families' needs. In the final lesson of this unit, students will synthesize all of the lessons above to create an Arab kinship themed version of Chutes and Ladders that demonstrates the role of kinship in setting and realizing individual goals.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
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Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
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Middle East Studies Center
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Gender Roles
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This curriculum understands gender and gender roles as social constructs that are ...

This curriculum understands gender and gender roles as social constructs that are built, defined, and fulfilled on an individual and societal level. These roles are both an outcome of and rationale for appearance, behavior, and interactions of individuals and groups. Such concepts of gendered behavior are impacted by various factors including one's age, geographic location, social class, religion, marital status, and ethnicity. In this unit, students explore the dynamics of gender in the Arab world and consider their varied manifestations, perhaps challenging traditional notions of gender in the region. Students will explore the nuances of gendered interactions in public and private space and the pressures that gender expectations may place on individuals in the region. By engaging with texts and stories from the region, students will consider how those traditional expectations are negotiated and contested in a variety of ways.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Ethnic Studies
Women's Studies
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Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
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Middle East Studies Center
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Introduction to the Arab World
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The Arab world is a large and diverse region that spans from ...

The Arab world is a large and diverse region that spans from Morocco in the west, through the Levant, and the Arabian Peninsula. It includes twenty-three countries and represents a wide range of customs, traditions, and cultures. This unit frames the region through the lens of cultural unity and diversity, a concept essential to this curriculum. The historical and cultural background provided in this unit serves as a foundation for students to identify and understand the nuances and complexities of the region. Additionally, students are introduced to the primary tool used for cultural analysis of the Arab world throughout the curriculum, the culture as an iceberg metaphor.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
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Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
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Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Language and Ethnicity
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Though the Arab world is broadly defined by a shared Arab ethnicity, ...

Though the Arab world is broadly defined by a shared Arab ethnicity, there are actually a variety of ethnic groups in the region, many of whom are indigenous to the land. Each of these ethnic groups, including the Amazigh, the Bedouin, the Nubians, and the Kurds, has a unique history and culture and often their own language as well. Since the early years of Arab expansion, these indigenous groups have negotiated their acceptance and integration into the dominant Arab culture, at times adopting elements of the culture and at other times, rejecting it. This unit introduces students to ethnic groups in the Arab world and guides them through an understanding of their lived experience as minorities in the region. Students will consider the challenges that face specific ethnicities and explore how these groups negotiate their collective identity and membership in the region. Students will study the activity of Amazigh activists, read Kurdish poetry, and watch a documentary about the Nubians. They'll end the unit by conducting independent research on an ethnic minority of their choosing.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Ethnic Studies
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Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
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Middle East Studies Center
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Religious Expression
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Religion permeates through the cultures and societies of the Arab world, manifesting ...

Religion permeates through the cultures and societies of the Arab world, manifesting itself in diverse ways. Its presence is seen at an institutional level as well as in personal behaviors and interactions including dress, daily routines, and patterns of speech. Although religion is ubiquitous, the way individuals understand and practice their religion varies widely. Furthermore, while Islam is the predominant religion of the region, religious sentiment pervades broadly and a host of other religions are practiced throughout the region. This unit guides students through an understanding of religion in the Arab world within its own cultural context. It challenges students to consider the complexities of religion and religious expression in a region in which its presence is unavoidable. This unit exposes students to diverse religious practices and expressions of Islam and the relationships between religious practitioners in the region.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
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Portland State University
Qatar Foundation International
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Middle East Studies Center
Arabglot Blog
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This blog includes information, stories, advice, and technical information about studying Arabic. ...

This blog includes information, stories, advice, and technical information about studying Arabic. Blog posts include, but are not limited to, interpretation of the word ____, Arabic and English text formatting issues, jokes about studying Arabic, poetry, economic information, and more.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
Economics
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Arabic and the Problem of Diglossia
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This paper speaks about Arabic and the problem of diglossia. In the ...

This paper speaks about Arabic and the problem of diglossia. In the paper, the author discusses the place of Arabic in the world of languages. The author also speaks about some of the aspects that make Arabic a difficult language to learn for speakers of Indo-European languages and discusses the problem of diglossia in modern Arabic. Ultimately, he makes a proposal on a possible way to teach Arabic that directly addresses the diglossia issue.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
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Provider:
Andrew Freeman
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Andrew Freeman
Arabic History and Culture
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This webpage provides elementary information on aspects of Arab culture and history, ...

This webpage provides elementary information on aspects of Arab culture and history, including religion, politics, naming conventions, and Persian influence on Arab culture and language. The information seems to have been authored by the site's administrator, and contains no references or citations.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Religious Studies
World Cultures
Ancient History
Material Type:
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Author:
Hani Deek
Arabic Language
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Learn Arabic Language is a website that intends to teach the basics ...

Learn Arabic Language is a website that intends to teach the basics of the Arabic language, including background information on Arabic and its history. It contains information on the letters in their isolated position and numbers. The website further contains lists of pronouns, verbs, animal names, foods, grammar information, and more. All Arabic words are transliterated. The website also includes short lists of Arabic language books and Arabic schools throughout the U.S. and Egypt.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
U.S. History
Material Type:
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