LITR 045A. Contemporary Thought in the Arab World
(Cross-listed as ARAB 045 )
This survey course will trace some of the main themes, problems and issues that have been debated among Arab thinkers and intellectuals since the latter part of the 19th century. The course will start with the 19th century but emphasize discussions following the military defeat of 1967 and the ensuing cultural and political crisis. Discussions related to "turath" (heritage), the different strategies of its reading and interpretation, and the possibilities of using these readings to confront the contemporary challenges of a globalized world will be the center of attention of the course.
Readings for the course will comprise three types of texts: historical and social background, translations of texts by the different thinkers under discussion, and articles and essays that interpret and critique these thinkers.
Eligible for ISLM
Catalog chapter: Modern Languages and Literatures: Literatures in Translation
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/modern-languages-literatures
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