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Arabic Language & Cultures

The only one of its kind in the Midwest, the Arabic Language and Cultures certificate program combines the rigor of a great university with the flexibility of a noncredit program designed for working adults.

Students will learn to: Communicate practical, everyday information in Arabic; develop Arabic language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing; gain an understanding of the culture and history of the Arabic world.

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Courses

Arabic Beginning Arabic (Noncertificate)
03/27/2017 to 05/15/2017

ARAL 10113 | Beginning Arabic (Noncertificate)

This is the third course in a yearlong series that provides a general introduction to Modern Standard Arabic, the language of media, and official discourse throughout the Middle East. The courses will familiarize beginners with the look and feel of the language. Emphasis will be placed on learning to read, write, and pronounce the Arabic characters, learning basic words and key phrases for making very simple conversation, and surviving while traveling in various Arabic-speaking countries. This sequence is for students seeking exposure to the rudiments of Modern Standard Arabic, the literary language of the Middle East and North Africa.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Laurel Harig

Laurel Harig

Laurel Harig

is a graduate student in Islamic studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her interests include anthropology of religion, literature and creative writing, religion and politics, and Islam and authority.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: ARAL 10113
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 27 to May 15
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Mon
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Arabic Continuing Arabic (Noncertificate)
03/27/2017 to 05/15/2017

ARAL 20113 | Continuing Arabic (Noncertificate)

This is the third course in a yearlong series with a primary emphasis on the review and acquisition of grammatical structures in Modern Standard Arabic. Through both oral and written media, students will be able to ask questions and make comparisons using complex sentences and expressions. In addition, students will be introduced to short narratives, conversations, and media pieces. This series is for students who want a better understanding of Modern Standard Arabic, the official, literary language used in the media.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Jumana Al Mahamid

Jumana Al Mahamid

Jumana Al Mahamid

holds a masters in international education with an emphasis on teaching Arabic as a second language. She has taught Arabic in Chicago and Jordan, led study abroad programs in the Middle East, and developed colloquial Arabic manuals.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: ARAL 20113
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 27 to May 15
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Mon
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 24, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Arabic, Literature The Making of the Modern Middle East
03/28/2017 to 05/16/2017

HUAS 95601 | The Making of the Modern Middle East

This course explores how the current Middle East, with its volatile politics, shifting alliances, and porous borders, resulted from the collapse of the centuries-old Ottoman Empire and through colonial intrigues and designs. Through rich primary and secondary source materials of varying perspectives, students will untangle the webs and political knots that characterized the founding of the current states in Middle East. Amid the media coverage of a region on the precipice of collapse, understanding how this region emerged following World War I is essential to understanding its 20th century history and the trajectory of the region.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Sami Sweis

Sami Sweis

Sami Sweis

Mr. Sweis is a doctoral candidate with the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at UChicago. His areas of specialization include the Modern Middle East, Arab nationalist political thought, and state-tribe relations. He also studies the history of Arab Christians in the Islamic Middle East.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 95601
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 28 to May 16
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Tue
1:30 PM–4:00 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 27, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Arabic, Literature CANCELED: Muslim-Christian Relations in the Middle East, 610-2017 CE
03/29/2017 to 05/31/2017

HUAS 29701 | CANCELED: Muslim-Christian Relations in the Middle East, 610-2017 CE

This class provides a broad overview of Muslim-Christian relations in the Middle East from 610 CE to the modern era, as well as a discussion of major debates surrounding these interactions. We will examine works from various genres of medieval and modern Muslim and Christian scholarship and will follow major religious, political, and cultural developments in the interaction between these two religious groups. We will also address how to conduct research into various topics on Muslim-Christian relations, and the major tools with which to do so.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 29701
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 29 to May 31
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Wed
1:30 PM–4:00 PM



Online Registration Close Date:
March 21, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Arabic Beginning Arabic (Noncertificate)
06/19/2017 to 08/14/2017

ARAL 10114 | Beginning Arabic (Noncertificate)

This is the fourth course in a yearlong series that provides a general introduction to Modern Standard Arabic, the language of media, and official discourse throughout the Middle East. The courses will familiarize beginners with the look and feel of the language. Emphasis will be placed on learning to read, write, and pronounce the Arabic characters, learning basic words and key phrases for making very simple conversation, and surviving while traveling in various Arabic-speaking countries. This sequence is for students seeking exposure to the rudiments of Modern Standard Arabic, the literary language of the Middle East and North Africa.

No class July 3.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Laurel Harig

Laurel Harig

Laurel Harig

is a graduate student in Islamic studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her interests include anthropology of religion, literature and creative writing, religion and politics, and Islam and authority.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: ARAL 10114
Section: 17U1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Jun 19 to Aug 14
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Mon
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 16, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Arabic Continuing Arabic (Noncertificate)
06/21/2017 to 08/9/2017

ARAL 20114 | Continuing Arabic (Noncertificate)

This is the fourth course in a yearlong series with a primary emphasis on the review and acquisition of grammatical structures in Modern Standard Arabic. Through both oral and written media, students will be able to ask questions and make comparisons using complex sentences and expressions. In addition, students will be introduced to short narratives, conversations, and media pieces. This series is for students who want a better understanding of Modern Standard Arabic, the official, literary language used in the media.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Jumana Al Mahamid

Jumana Al Mahamid

Jumana Al Mahamid

holds a masters in international education with an emphasis on teaching Arabic as a second language. She has taught Arabic in Chicago and Jordan, led study abroad programs in the Middle East, and developed colloquial Arabic manuals.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: ARAL 20114
Section: 17U1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Jun 21 to Aug 09
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Wed
6:00 PM–8:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 20, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Arabic, Literature The Qur’an
06/21/2017 to 08/9/2017

BASC 80214 | The Qur’an

Considered the record of the revealed word of God to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel, the Qur’an is the third great scripture of the Semitic tradition and the foundation of all forms of Islam. In this course we will read the Qur’an (as well as supplementary readings) to gain an initial understanding of the book, its perspectives on important concepts such as the nature of god and man, divine judgment, prophecy and history, the ideal society, the proper relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims, jihad (“holy war” or “exertion”) and more. No prior knowledge or experience of any kind is required. This course may be used as an elective for the Arabic Certificate. (8 weeks)

Registered students will receive an email with instructions for joining the class in advance of course start date.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Adam Rose

Adam Rose

Adam Rose

Mr. Rose has taught in the Basic Program since 1993, and is a former Staff Chair of the program. He is primarily interested in the ways texts affect human life. He is the recipient of the 2007 Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies Excellence in Teaching Award.

15 PD/CPDU
Course Code: BASC 80214
Section: 17U7A
Location: Online
Dates:
Jun 21 to Aug 09
Tuition: $200.00
Days/Times: Wed
6:00 PM–9:15 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 13, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Arabic, Literature The Qur’an
06/24/2017 to 08/12/2017

BASC 80214 | The Qur’an

Considered the record of the revealed word of God to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel, the Qur’an is the third great scripture of the Semitic tradition and the foundation of all forms of Islam. In this course we will read the Qur’an (as well as supplementary readings) to gain an initial understanding of the book, its perspectives on important concepts such as the nature of god and man, divine judgment, prophecy and history, the ideal society, the proper relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims, jihad (“holy war” or “exertion”) and more. No prior knowledge or experience of any kind is required. This course may be used as an elective for the Arabic Certificate. (8 weeks)

Registered students will receive an email with instructions for joining the class in advance of course start date.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Adam Rose

Adam Rose

Adam Rose

Mr. Rose has taught in the Basic Program since 1993, and is a former Staff Chair of the program. He is primarily interested in the ways texts affect human life. He is the recipient of the 2007 Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies Excellence in Teaching Award.

15 PD/CPDU
Course Code: BASC 80214
Section: 17U7B
Location: Online
Dates:
Jun 24 to Aug 12
Tuition: $200.00
Days/Times: Sat
9:30 AM–12:45 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 16, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.