MEDMgr11 History of Arabic literature I

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Danuša Čižmíková, PhD. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Katarina Petrovićová, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Tue 14:00–15:40 B2.24
Basic knowledge of the history of the Arabs (at Mediterranean studies' undergraduate level) is presumed. No prior knowledge of Arabic is required.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 1/20, only registered: 0/20, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/20
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
there are 21 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the literary developments in the Arab world from their origins to the masterpieces of the classical period. The lectures will be dedicated to pre- and early Islamic poetry, early Islamic prose, as well as poetry and prose works during Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid and Mamluk Era. Students will become acquainted with the peculiarities of the Hispano-Arabic poetry, Arab folk literature and with major works of the Arab-Islamic scientific thought in the Middle Ages.
Students will read selected texts in Czech or Slovak translation.
Learning outcomes
Upon the completion of the course, students will have acquired competence in:
- identifying and characterizing the stages in the development of Arabic literature;
- situating major works of Arabic literature in their cultural and socio-historical context;
- acquire competence in the reading, analysis and interpretation of Arabic primary sources (poetry and prose);
- to present their own analysis in oral and written form and in a concise academic style through class discussion and a final essay.
  • Periodization of Arabic literature.
  • Pre-Islamic poetry.
  • Qasidah.
  • Major poets of the pre-Islamic era.
  • The beginnings of prose; early Islamic prose.
  • Quran as a literary work.
  • Commentaries on the Quran.
  • Poetry and prose of the Umayyad period.
  • Abbasid period and the development of Arabic literature.
  • Maqamah in the works of al-Hamadhani and al-Hariri.
  • Arabic literature in the Iberian Peninsula.
  • Arab-Islamic philosophy and science.
  • One Thousand and One Nights.
  • Arab folk literature. Tales and heroes.
  • Religious literature.
    required literature
  • Žrebci poézie : sedem zo starej Arábie. Bratislava: Slovenský spisovateľ, 1986. info
  • Cestou karavan. Edited by Karel Petráček. Praha: Československý spisovatel, 1975. info
  • Korán. Edited by Ivan Hrbek. Vyd. 7., V tomto překladu 3. Praha: Academia, 2000. 797 s. ISBN 8020002464. info
  • AL-DŽÁHIZ, kolem 776-869. Kniha lakomců. Vyd. 1. Praha: Odeon, 1975. info
  • IBN ISHÁK, Muhammed. Muhammad : život Alláhova proroka. Edited by Zdeněk Müller, Translated by Viktor Svoboda. Vyd. 1. Praha: Leda, 2009. 230 s. ISBN 9788073351847. info
  • IBN TUFAJL, Abú Bakr. Živý syn bdícího : Hajj ibn Jakzán (Orig.). Praha: Státní nakladatelství krásné literatury, hudby a umění, 1957. info
  • IBN HAZM, Alí Ibn Ahmad. Holubičkin náhrdelník. Bratislava: Slovenský spisovateľ, 1984. Spoločnosť priateĺov krásnych kníh sv. 441. info
  • CHALDÚN, Abdarrahmán Ibn. Čas království a říší : Mukaddima : úvod do historie : al-Mukaddina (Orig.). Vyd. 1. Praha: Odeon, 1972. 529 s. info
  • Tisíc a jedna noc. Přel. Felix TAUER. Vyd. 4., v Euromedia Group 2. Praha: Odeon, 2011. ISBN 978-80-207-1343-8 (soubor 8 svazků).
    recommended literature
  • HOURANI, Albert Habib. Dějiny arabského světa : od 7. století po současnost. Translated by Šimon Pellar. Vyd. 1. Praha: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2010. 566 s. ISBN 9788074220593. info
  • OLIVERIUS, Jaroslav. Svět klasické arabské literatury. Edited by Dagmar Procházková. Vyd. 1. Brno: Atlantis, 1995. 386 s. ISBN 8071081094. info
  • GAŽÁKOVÁ, Zuzana and Ján PAULINY. Arabský jazyk a kultúra. Arabský: Univerzita Komenského v Bratislave, 2013. ISBN 978-80-223-3401-3. info
  • PAULINY, Ján. Život v ríši kalifov. 1. vyd. Bratislava: Slovenské pedagogické nakladateľstvo, 1972. 167 s. + 1. info
  • PAULINY, Ján. Arabi - vládcovia Stredomoria. 1. vyd. Bratislava: Slovenské pedagogické nakladateľstvo, 1976. 203 s., [8. info
Teaching methods
The course is taught through reading assignments and classroom lectures; the works are set in their cultural and historical context and discussed in some depth with full student participation. Selected texts are available in Study Materials.
Assessment methods
Ongoing assessment: reading texts, active participation in discussions on analysed texts.
Final examination: written test aimed at testing the student’s insight into the main topics explained and discussed during lectures.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2016.
  • Enrolment Statistics (recent)
  • Permalink: