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Prospective Syllabus: Muwashshaḥāt

Prospective Syllabus: Muwashshaḥāt

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A prospective syllabus for a course detailing the development, thematic range, and modern appropriations of Andalusian muwashshaḥāt.
A prospective syllabus for a course detailing the development, thematic range, and modern appropriations of Andalusian muwashshaḥāt.

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Hispano-Arabic Poetry of al-Andalus: The Muwashsha
at
Arabic 2xxxx 20xx
This class is designed to give a comprehensive view of the unique contributionof the writers of al-Andalus to Arabic literature: the
muwashsha
a.
This course will seekto highlight the complex stylistics and diverse composition and performance of 
muwashsha
ḥā
across time and space - aspects such as rhyme, meter, in
#
uences fromother Arabic poetic forms, religious compositions and contemporary performance. Inorder to gain the greatest appreciation for such considerations, a two-fold approachwill be used in this class: textual and
con
textual elements.As pertains to the materials of the textual variety, particular importance will beplaced on metrical and compositional elements, the variety of themes most commonlyfound therein, the nature of 
kharja
(the
$
nal line of a
muwashsha
a
), production of 
muwashsha
ḥā
in eastern centers such as Egypt and Syria, and the role of music in bothearly and modern
muwashshah
performance. As regards the contextual, topics to becovered include: theory of Hispano-Romance language, Eastern in
#
uences on literaryproduction in al-Andalus, centers of early literary production from Qur
uba to the
awa'if 
kingdoms and,
$
nally, the concurrent development of 
 zajal
poetry.
Each week, we will integrate at least one of the tangential topics with one of the
muwashshah
-centered topics, in the aim to fully explore the modalities of the
muwashshah
while situating it within the sphere of contemporary Arabic literature andcivilization.* Expectations
The students should come to class each week bearing completed homework,having read the assigned materials and prepared to discuss them. Readings for the
$
rstweek are to be done
before
the class convenes. Participation is freely encouraged (seeGrading, below) as are questions should the material assigned for homework or class beunclear. In return, the student can expect to gain: a detailed understanding of literaryproduction and creativity in Arabic during medieval Andalus
ī
culture, familiarity withstylistic features of Andalus
ī
Arabic poetry and an ability to draw connections betweenthe various strains of in
#
uence which came to bear upon and were exerted by the
muwashsha
ḥā
as a literary and performance genre.* Grading
 
Grading will consist of four parts: attendance (10%), participation (20%),homework (30%), and a
$
nal paper (40%) concerning a topic relating to the course,which can be discussed in o
'
ce hours (see below).* O
'
ce Hours:XXXX*Course ScheduleWeek 1: In
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uences- Readings:
* Jareer Abu-Haidar.
Hispano-Arabic Literature and Early Provençal Lyrics
, Ch. 7"The Muwashshahat: Are They a Mystery?", Richmond (Curzon), 2001; pp.126-138.
* Otto Zwartjes.
Love Songs From al-Andalus: History, Structure and Meaning of the
Kharja, Leiden (Brill) 1997; Ch. 2 "The origins of the Hispano-Arabic
muwassah
 and the
 zajal,
" pp. 23-40.
* Philip Kennedy. "Thematic Relationships between the
Kharjas
, the Corpus of 
Muwassahat 
and Eastern Lyrical Poetry,"
Studies on the Muwassahat and the Kharja
,ed. Alan Jones and Richard Hitchcock. Oxford (Ithaca Press), 1992; pp. 68-87.
* David J. Wasserstein. "The Language Situation in al-Andalus,"
Studies on theMuwassahat and the Kharja
, ed. Alan Jones and Richard Hitchcock. Oxford (IthacaPress), 1992; pp. 1-15.
* In-class: Abu Nawas. From
Khamriyyat 
.Week 2: Rise of Qur
uba,
Zajal
and
Hazl
- Readings
* James Monroe and Mark Pettigrew. "The Decline of Courtly Patronage and theAppearance of New Genres in Arabic Literature: The Case of the Zajal, theMaq
ā
ma, and the Shadow Play,"
 Journal of Arabic Literature
, Vol. 34, No. 1/2, TheArabic Literature of Al-Andalus (2003), pp. 138-177.*Abu-Haidar.
Hispano-Arabic Literature
, Ch.2 "
 Al-Hazl
: Burlesque Literature in Al-Andalus and its Antecedents in the Arab East, pp. 42-54.*
Todo Ben Guzman
, García-Gomez…Week 3: Themes - Nature- Readings
 
* James Bellamy and Patricia Owen Steiner.
Ibn Sa'id al-Maghribi: The Banners of the Champions - An Anthology of Medieval Arabic Poetry from Andalusia and Beyond
.Madison (Seminary of Hispanic Medieval Studies), 1989; Introduction, pp. xvii -xxxii.
* Selections from
Ray'at al-mubarrazin wa ghayat al-mumayyazin
andal-Iskandar
ī
 yah,
D
ī 
w
ā
n al-muwashsha
ā
t al-Andalus
ī 
 yah
Week 4: Themes - Religion- Readings
* Abdallah Fathallah.
 Al-Muwashshahat Al-Andalusia Al-Dinia
. Beirut (Dar al-Kitabal-Arabi), 1988; al-Muqaddimah, pp. 14-21.
* James W. Morris. "Ibn 'Arabi's 'Esotericism': The Problem of SpiritualAuthority, S
tudia Islamica
, No. 71 (1990), pp. 37-64.
* Reading of Ezra ben Ibrahim and Abdallah Fathallah. (See Handout)Week 5: Themes - Men in Action- Readings
* Miriam Decosta. "Historical and Literary Views of Yusuf, African Conqueror of Spain",
The Journal of Negro History
, Vol. 60, No. 4 (Oct., 1975), pp. 480-490.
* R. Hrair Dekmejian and Adel Fathy Thabit. "Machiavelli's Arab Precursor: Ibn
afar al-
iqill
ī
,"
British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
, Vol. 27, No. 2 (Nov., 2000),pp. 125-137.* Selections…Week 6: Themes - Wine and Love- Readings
* T.J. Gorton.
 Andalus: Moorish Songs of Love and Wine.
London (Eland), 1983;Introduction, pp. …
* Yaseen Noorani. "Heterotopia and the Wine Poem in Early Islamic Culture",
 International Journal of Middle East Studies
, Vol. 36, No. 3 (Aug., 2004), pp. 345-366.
* Michael Sells. "Love,"
The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature: The Literature of al-Andalus
. Ed. María Rosa Menocal, Raymond Scheindlin, Michael Sells.Cambridge (Cambridge University Press), 2000; pp. 126-155.
* Selections…Week 7: Themes - Architecture- Readings

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