• 1A. Elementary Standard Arabic

    Units: 5

    Lecture, six hours. Course 1A is enforced requisite to 1B, which is enforced requisite to 1C. Not open to students with prior knowledge of Arabic. Introduction to formal Arabic (modern standard Arabic), including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 1B. Elementary Standard Arabic

    Units: 5

    Lecture, six hours. Enforced requisite: course 1A. Not open to students with prior knowledge of Arabic. Introduction to formal Arabic (modern standard Arabic), including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 1C. Elementary Standard Arabic

    Units: 5

    Lecture, six hours. Enforced requisite: course 1B. Not open to students with prior knowledge of Arabic. Introduction to formal Arabic (modern standard Arabic), including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 8. Elementary Standard Arabic: Intensive

    Units: 12

    Lecture, 10 hours; discussion, 10 hours. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Arabic to qualify for more advanced courses. Intensive course equivalent to courses 1A, 1B, and 1C. Introduction to fundamentals of standard Arabic, including pronunciation, grammar, and Arabic script, with emphasis on all four basic language skills -- speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 19. Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

    Units: 1

    Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

  • 89. Honors Seminars

    Units: 1

    Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to lower division lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 89HC. Honors Contracts

    Units: 1

    Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to lower division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

  • 99. Student Research Program

    Units: 1 to 2

    Tutorial (supervised research or other scholarly work), three hours per week per unit. Entry-level research for lower division students under guidance of faculty mentor. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in minimum of 12 units (excluding this course). Individual contract required; consult Undergraduate Research Center. May be repeated. P/NP grading.

  • 102A. Intermediate Standard Arabic

    Units: 4

    Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisite: course 1C or 8. Course 102A is requisite to 102B, which is requisite to 102C. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Arabic to qualify for more advanced courses. Intermediate formal Arabic, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 102B. Intermediate Standard Arabic

    Units: 4

    Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 102A. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Arabic to qualify for more advanced courses. Intermediate formal Arabic, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 102C. Intermediate Standard Arabic

    Units: 4

    Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 102B. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Arabic to qualify for more advanced courses. Intermediate formal Arabic, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 103A. Advanced Arabic

    Units: 4

    Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisites: courses 102A, 102B, 102C. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Arabic to qualify for more advanced courses. Advanced formal Arabic, including grammar, composition, and readings from classical and modern texts. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 103B. Advanced Arabic

    Units: 4

    Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisites: courses 102A, 102B, 102C. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Arabic to qualify for more advanced courses. Advanced formal Arabic, including grammar, composition, and readings from classical and modern texts. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 103C. Advanced Arabic

    Units: 4

    Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisites: courses 102A, 102B, 102C. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Arabic to qualify for more advanced courses. Advanced formal Arabic, including grammar, composition, and readings from classical and modern texts. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 105. Introduction to Qur'anic and Islamic Arabic

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Requisites: courses 1A, 1B, 1C. Introduction to Arabic used in Qur'an, Hadith (traditions of Prophet Muhammad), and early Islamic literature (biographies of Prophet and historical narratives). P/NP or letter grading.

  • M106. Qur'an

    Units: 4

    (Same as Religion M108.) Lecture, three hours. How Qur'an as scripture shapes Muslim doctrine, rituals, and culture, and how throughout history Muslims have determined interpretations and applications of Qur'anic doctrines and prescriptions. Critical evaluation and analysis of contemporary discourses on Islam. Letter grading.

  • M107. Islam in West

    Units: 5

    (Same as Islamic Studies M107 and Religion M107.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Acquisition of understanding of basic doctrines and practices of Islam. Survey of history of Islam in West, with focus on U.S. and France. Analysis of issues relevant to growth and development of selected Muslim communities in West. Exposure to diverse expressions of Islam through independent research on Muslim communities and institutions in U.S. Development of strong analytical writing and speaking skills. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 108. Summer Intensive Intermediate Arabic

    Units: 12

    Lecture, and discussion, 20 hours. Enforced requisite: course 1C. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Arabic to qualify for more advanced courses. Intensive course equivalent to courses 102A, 102B, and 102C. Intermediate formal Arabic, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M110. Thousand and One Nights/Alf Layla Wa-Layla

    Units: 4

    (Same as Comparative Literature M110.) Lecture, three hours. Knowledge of Arabic not required. Since its appearance in Europe in 1704, "Thousand and One Nights" is most well-known work of Arabic literature in West. Examination of cycle of tales more commonly known as "Arabian Nights," including history of its translation, contemporary oral performances of tales in Arabic-speaking world, literary emergence of vernacular language in relation to classical Arabic, and Western appropriations of tales in music, film, and novels (Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, Barth, Poe, and Walt Disney). P/NP or letter grading.

  • 111A. Elementary Spoken Egyptian Arabic

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 1C or 8. Course 111A is enforced requisite to 111B, which is enforced requisite to 111C. Not suitable for heritage speakers. Introduction to spoken Arabic dialect of Egypt. Training in listening, speaking, and reading. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 111B. Elementary Spoken Egyptian Arabic

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisites: courses 1C (or 8), 111A. Not suitable for heritage speakers. Introduction to spoken Arabic dialect of Egypt. Training in listening, speaking, and reading. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 111C. Elementary Spoken Egyptian Arabic

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisites: courses 1C (or 8), 111B. Not suitable for heritage speakers. Introduction to spoken Arabic dialect of Egypt. Training in listening, speaking, and reading. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 111S. Summer Intensive Elementary Egyptian Arabic

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Knowledge of Arabic not required; not suitable for heritage speakers. Introduction to spoken Arabic dialect of Egypt. Training in listening, speaking, and reading. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 112A. Advanced Spoken Egyptian Arabic

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Study of Egyptian colloquial Arabic for heritage speakers or students who have completed courses 1A, 1B, 1C. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 112B. Advanced Spoken Egyptian Arabic

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Study of Egyptian colloquial Arabic for heritage speakers or students who have completed courses 1A, 1B, 1C. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 112C. Advanced Spoken Egyptian Arabic

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Study of Egyptian colloquial Arabic for heritage speakers or students who have completed courses 1A, 1B, 1C. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 115. Studies in Arabic Dialectology

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Introduction to one spoken dialect of Arabic, with emphasis on speaking and listening comprehension. Dialects vary from year to year based on student interest and instructor availability and may include Iraqi, Levantine, North African, or Gulf Arabic. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 116A. Elementary Iraqi Arabic

    Units: 5

    Lecture, five hours. Course 116A is requisite to 116B, which is requisite to 116C. Introduction to dialect of Arabic spoken in contemporary Iraq, with emphasis on conversational proficiency. Recognition and production of sounds of Iraqi Arabic and basic vocabulary, grammar, idiomatic expressions, and relevant cultural background through dialogues and other conversational exercises. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 116B. Elementary Iraqi Arabic

    Units: 5

    Lecture, five hours. Requisite: course 116A. Introduction to dialect of Arabic spoken in contemporary Iraq, with emphasis on conversational proficiency. Recognition and production of sounds of Iraqi Arabic and basic vocabulary, grammar, idiomatic expressions, and relevant cultural background through dialogues and other conversational exercises. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 116C. Elementary Iraqi Arabic

    Units: 5

    Lecture, five hours. Requisite: course 116B. Introduction to dialect of Arabic spoken in contemporary Iraq, with emphasis on conversational proficiency. Recognition and production of sounds of Iraqi Arabic and basic vocabulary, grammar, idiomatic expressions, and relevant cultural background through dialogues and other conversational exercises. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 120. Islamic Texts

    Units: 4

    Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 103C. Readings from Qur'an, Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.

  • M123. Oral Literature and Performance of Arab World

    Units: 4

    (Same as Comparative Literature M123.) Lecture, three hours. Knowledge of Arabic not required. Introduction to study of living oral traditions of troubadours, storytellers, oral poets, and performers in Arabic-speaking Middle East. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 130. Classical Arabic Texts

    Units: 4

    Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 103C. Readings from premodern literary texts, with grammatical and syntactical analysis. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.

  • 132. Philosophical and Kalam Texts

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 120. Readings in premodern philosophy and theology. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • C141. Modern Arabic Literature

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 102C. Conducted in English and Arabic, with all required readings in original Arabic only. Readings in modern Arabic literature, variably organized across or around particular trends, genres, topics, canonical authors, regional, or national literatures, mixing thematic and formal analyses of literary and critical texts and making use of film, video-clip, and song in approaching literary culture. May be repeated for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C241. Letter grading.

  • 142. Arabic Media

    Units: 4

    Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 103A. Development of facility with language of Arabic press and broadcasting. Activities include monitoring current materials via Internet; transcribing, translating, and summarizing; writing original reports in Arabic; and oral presentations and discussions. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M148. Contemporary Arab Film and Song

    Units: 4

    (Same as Comparative Literature M148.) Seminar, three hours. Exploration of conjunctions between contemporary Arab film and song and between popular cultures and cultures of commitment (Iltizam), with possible focus on specific genres such as realist/neorealist Arab film; feminist Arab film or popular Arab film and song; topics such as nation, gender, and representation or democracy and human rights or censorship, reception, and resistance. Possible examination of various national cinemas such as Tunisian, Egyptian, Moroccan, Algerian, and Palestinian. Various musical genres such as Rai, Mizoued, and Hip-hop also examined in relation to emergence not only of national cinemas, national music industries, and iconic singers but also of video clip, satellite TV, star academy, and reality shows -- all products of transnational and pan-Arab mass media. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 150. Classical Arabic Literature in English

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Readings in English; knowledge of Arabic not required. Survey of premodern Arabic cultural production in its political, religious, and social contexts. Coverage of pre-Islamic Arabia, rise of Islam, and major themes of Southwest Asian history, along with significant figures and moments in literature and culture of premodern period. Consideration of selected modern responses to Arabic tradition. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M151. Modern Arabic Literature in English

    Units: 4

    (Same as Comparative Literature M167.) Lecture, three hours. Designed for upper division literature majors. Topics may include constructions of otherness in modern Arab culture; East-West debate; memory, trauma, and mourning; violence, narrative, and ethics; globalization, oil, and cultural insurgency; Arab culture in transnational context or questions of reception, exoticism, translation, and marketing. Genres may include prison narratives; novel of terror; memoirs by women and/or by refugees and exiles; 19th- and 20th-century travel narratives; Arabic romantic poetry; literature of pre-1948; rise of Arab novel. Areas may range from generic look at Arab world to narrow focus on Maghreb or one country such as Algeria, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, or Egypt. May also be organized around Arab literatures written in one specific language, namely English, Arabic, or French. Letter grading.

  • M155. Al-Andalus: Literature of Islamic Spain

    Units: 4

    (Same as Comparative Literature M119.) Lecture, three hours. Study of literature of Islamic Spain to learn about interaction of Arabic and Western and Arabic and Jewish cultures and to recognize Islamic culture as vital force in European life and letters. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M171. Culture Area of Maghrib (North Africa)

    Units: 4

    (Same as Anthropology M166Q and History M108C.) Lecture, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Introduction to North Africa, especially Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, also known as Maghrib or Tamazgha. Topics include changing notions of personal, tribal, ethnic, linguistic and religious identities; colonialism; gender and legal rights, changing representations of Islam, and religions in region's public spaces. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 180. Linguistics Analysis of Arabic

    Units: 4

    Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 102C. Linguistic description of Arabic in both its modern standard and dialect forms. Introduction to linguistic analysis of Arabic phonology, morphology, and syntax and to linguists' approaches to specific problems posed by Arabic grammar and dialectology. Letter grading.

  • 181. Translating Arabic

    Units: 4

    Seminar, three hours. Preparation: advanced proficiency in English and Arabic (at least three years of Arabic instruction or equivalent). Open to both native and nonnative speakers of English and Arabic. Training of students in methodology of translation from Arabic into English, with focus on producing accurate and readable English versions of Arabic texts from variety of fields. Close reading and written translation of Arabic texts, with review of linguistic and cultural difficulties that arise in course of translation. Texts may include classical Arabic literature (religion, historiography), modern writing (literature, media), and spoken Arabic (television, radio), based on student interest. Letter grading.

  • 188FL. Special Studies: Readings in Arabic

    Units: 2

    Seminar, two hours. Requisite: course 102C. Students must be concurrently enrolled in affiliated main course. Primary readings and additional work in Arabic to enrich and augment work assigned in main course, including reading, writing, and other exercises. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 189. Advanced Honors Seminars

    Units: 1

    Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to undergraduate lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 189HC. Honors Contracts

    Units: 1

    Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to upper division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

  • 197. Individual Studies in Arabic

    Units: 2 to 4

    Tutorial, one hour. Limited to juniors/seniors. Individual intensive study, with scheduled meetings to be arranged between faculty member and student. Assigned reading and tangible evidence of mastery of subject matter required. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 199. Directed Research or Senior Project in Arabic

    Units: 2 to 4

    Tutorial, one hour. Limited to juniors/seniors. Supervised individual research or investigation under guidance of faculty mentor. Culminating paper or project required. May be repeated for credit. Individual contract required. P/NP or letter grading.

  • 220. Seminar: Islamic Texts

    Units: 4

    Seminar, three hours. Major Islamic thinkers and their works from classical period to modern times. Coverage of doctrines and hermeneutics of various schools of thought in Islam, such as Ahl al-sunna wa'l-jama'a, Shi'a, Mu'tazila, and Sufis. May be organized around one author and his works, multiple authors and their works, or specific topic with representative readings from various schools. Exploration of secondary literature in Arabic and other languages for student research papers. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

  • M231. Texts in Judeo-Arabic

    Units: 4

    (Same as Hebrew M231.) Lecture, three hours. Requisites: course 102C, Hebrew 102C. Reading of Judeo-Arabic texts by Maimonides (medieval religion, medicine, philosophy) and more recent texts in Judeo-Arabic dialects of Iraq and Egypt, with discussion of grammar and deviations from norms of classical Arabic. S/U or letter grading.

  • 240A. Seminar: Arab Historians

    Units: 4

    Seminar, three hours. Introduction to very large body of literature on medieval Islamic history. Selected readings in Arabic that represent cross-section of Islamic historical writings, including Ibn Ishaq's "Sira," Waqidi's "Maghazi," Baladhuri's "Futuh," Tabari's "Ta'rikh," digests of Ya'qubi and Mas'udi, Ibn Khaldun's "Muqaddima," and Maqrizi's topography. Historians studied either to determine their reliability as sources or their view of history and its theoretical foundations. Exploration of sources, research tools, and problems in Islamic history. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

  • 240B. Arab Geographers

    Units: 4

    Seminar, three hours. Introduction to large body of literature on medieval Islamic geographers. Selected readings in Arabic that represent cross-section of geographical writings distributed over number of disciplines and various aspects of geography, such as "Surat al-ard," "Kitab al-Buldan," "al-Masalik wa'l-mamalik," topography, and travel accounts. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

  • C241. Modern Arabic Literature

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 102C. Conducted in English and Arabic, with all required readings in original Arabic only. Readings in modern Arabic literature, variably organized across or around particular trends, genres, topics, canonical authors, regional, or national literatures, mixing thematic and formal analyses of literary and critical texts and making use of film, video-clip, and song in approaching literary culture. May be repeated for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C141. Letter grading.

  • 250. Seminar: Premodern Arabic Literature

    Units: 4

    Seminar, three hours. Readings in Arabic texts from variety of periods and genres, along with appropriate secondary literature. Topics include pre-Islamic poetry and oratory, Qur'an, Umayyad and Abbasid poetry and literary prose, Hadith and Fiqh, historiography, biography, geography, medicine, mathematics, theology, asceticism, and mysticism. May be repeated for maximum of 24 units. S/U or letter grading.

  • 251. Seminar: Modern Arabic Literature

    Units: 4

    Seminar, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: course C141. Selected topics in modern and contemporary Arabic prose and poetry. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.

  • M255. Literatures and Cultures of Maghreb

    Units: 4

    (Same as Comparative Literature M251.) Seminar, three hours. Limited to graduate students. Examination of traditionally diverse literatures of Maghreb in their multiple and competing contexts of language and gender politics, religious and cultural formations, Pan-Arabism and postcolonial nationhood, Third-Worldism and economic development, modernity and globalization, immigration and citizenship, soccer industry and Rai music, mass media and Star Academy Maghreb, and more. Readings of literatures in English and in English translations from different Maghrebian languages (particularly Arabic and French) in conjunction with theories of language and linguistic pluralism, cultural translation, deconstruction, and host of other relevant theories of gender, globalization, and postcolonial cultural studies. S/U or letter grading.

  • 275. Encountering Arabic Manuscripts: Introduction to Arabic Paleography and Critical Edition of Manuscripts

    Units: 4

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: course 103C. Introduction to Arabic paleography and how to prepare editions of medieval manuscripts with critical apparatus and stemma. During past decades enormous number of previously unknown Arabic manuscripts have been discovered. While vast range of medieval texts have been published in editions of varying quality, equally large number of manuscripts remain unpublished. UCLA has outstanding collections of Near Eastern manuscripts in Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish, primarily in fields of medicine, literature, philology, theology, law, and history. It is rich in works related to studies of theologians and scholars at different centers of learning in Iran during Safavid period noted for works of Shiite theology, Islamic sciences, and philosophy. Course opens this treasure to graduate students interested in editing and/or translating manuscripts. S/U or letter grading.

  • M288. Modern Arab Thought

    Units: 4

    (Same as Comparative Literature M288.) Seminar, three hours. While much has been written and said about resurgence and spread of political Islam after collapse of ideology of secular nationalism and failure of Arab left to apprehend exigencies of postrevolutionary/postcolonial moment, little has been devoted to less sensational topic of modern Arab thought despite unmistakable proliferation of critical output produced by Arab thinkers and artists in aftermath of 1967. Course addresses and redresses this glaring imbalance by considering new cultural material -- literary, critical, philosophical, artistic, and journalistic -- produced before and after al-Nahda but mostly before and after 1967 and fosters insightful approaches to unlikely coexistence in Arab contemporaneity of ever-deepening and generalized crisis and of steady and consolidated development (if not effervescence) of cultural and artistic production. S/U or letter grading.

  • 496. Arabic Language Pedagogy Course

    Units: 2

    Seminar, three hours. Taught in English and Arabic. Discussion of multiple topics pertaining to Arabic language teaching and learning. Content designed to address Arabic language pedagogy, with emphasis on practical issues and applications of different language teaching methodologies. Activities include lectures, classroom observations, and teaching demonstrations. Participants collaborate on projects that investigate issues related to teaching different language skills, such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing. S/U grading.

  • 596. Directed Individual Study

    Units: 2 to 8

    Tutorial, to be arranged. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

  • 597. Examination Preparation

    Units: 2 to 8

    Tutorial, to be arranged. S/U grading.

  • 599. Ph.D. Dissertation Research and Preparation

    Units: 2 to 8

    Tutorial, to be arranged. S/U grading.