Course code LitZ1063
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
4 6 64 36 28 96
E-courses LitZ1063: Literary Traditions and Culture in Asia II
Course annotation The aim of the course is to provide a general survey of Arabic literature and culture of 5th to 8th centuries, c.e. The objectives of the course are: 1) to acquaint students with the main literary genres of the pre-Islamic and Omeyyad period; 2) to provide initial knowledge about the most important authors of this period and their creative work; 3) to provide students with a general notion of methods and theories current in Arabic literary criticism; 4) to acquaint them with a number of essential terms of Arabic literary criticism.
Course responsible lecturer Jānis Priede
Results At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to give brief characteristics of the main periods of Arabic pre-Islamic and early Islamic (Omeyyad) literature, to independently examine its main forms and genres (saj, rajaz, qasida, ghazal), to explain how the Arabic prosody (‘arūd) functions and to demonstrate the knowledge of the key facts concerning the creative work of the most important authors of this period.
Course plan 1.Arabian peninsula – the cradle of Arab culture and civilization. L 2
2.The beginnings of Arab literature (saj and rajaz). L 4 S 2
3.Arabic prosody (‘arud). L 4 S 4
4.The inception and development of the qasida. L 4 S 4
5.Arabic pre-Islamic poetry. The Mu‘allaqat. L 6 S 4
6.Arabic pre-Islamic prose. The Ayyam al-‘arab. L 2 S 2
7.Early Islamic prose. The Qur’an. L 6 S 6
8.The poetry of Omeyyad period: the inception and development of the ghazal. L 6 S 4
9.The prose of Omeyyad period: Kalila and Dimna. L 2 S 2

Requirements for obtaining credit points Presentations at seminars - 30%
Term paper - 30 %
Final exam (in writing) - 40%

Study programmes Asian Studies