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Arabic T-Shirts for Sale

Author: Department of Classics

Back by popular demand, the Arabic club is offering its very own trademarked rendition of the "Play Like a Champion" tee-shirt. Order yours now, before they are sold out. Proceeds go to the Arabic club and its activities. Available in navy blue or yellow.   Please use this order form

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Exploring a new language leads history and political science senior to valuable research and international experiences — and a third major

Author: Sophia Lauber

What’s senior Liam Karr’s secret to juggling three majors, writing a thesis, and still finding time to practice and perform with the Notre Dame Glee Club? A little time management and a lot of love for what he does.“I just totally do the whole ‘study what you love’ thing, and don’t really care if my schedule looks a little busy,” he said. A self-described “history nerd” with an interest in politics, Karr quickly discovered how much natural overlap there is between his first two majors. Deciding to pursue a third major — Arabic — was more of an unexpected development.

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New Book: Arabic Shadow Theatre 1300-1900

Author: Sherry Reichold

Li Guo, Professor in the Program of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies has authored a new book entitled, Arabic Shadow Theatre 1300-1900.

This handbook aims mainly at an analytical documentation of all the known textual remnants and the preserved artifacts of Arabic shadow theatre, a long-lived, and still living, tradition — from the earliest sightings in the tenth century to the turn of the twentieth century. The book consists of three main parts and a cluster of appendixes. Part One presents a history of Arab shadow theatre through a survey of medieval and premodern accounts and modern scholarship on the subject. Part Two takes stock of primary sources (manuscripts), published studies, and the current knowledge of various aspects of Arabic shadow theatre: language, style, terminology, and performance. Part Three offers an inventory of all known Arabic shadow plays. The documentation is based on manuscripts (largely unpublished), printed texts (scripts, excerpts), academic studies (in Arabic and Western languages), journalist reportage, and shadow play artifacts from collections worldwide.…

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MELC 13184 Introduction to Islamic Culture

Author: Sherry Reichold

MELC 13184: Introduction to Islamic Culture is a History University Seminar being offered in Spring 2021, MW 12:45-2:00 p.m. by Professor Hussein Abdulsater

Islamic culture rose from its humble origins in 7th-century Arabia to become the sole premodern global culture. But how was this astonishing transformation accomplished?

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New course for Spring 2021: Formation of the Modern Middle East

Author: Sherry Reichold

MELC 20055: Formation of the Modern Middle East
Professor Hussein Abdulsater
MW 3:55-5:10

This course examines the history of the Middle East from the late eighteenth century to the Arab uprisings of 2011. We will approach cultural, social, political and intellectual  transformations in the Middle East. We will pursue a number of themes including  engagements with modernity; reactions to Western colonial expansion; religious and secular  reform movements; nationalism and revolution; changes in gender and family experiences;  the Arab-Israeli conflict; the impact of oil and the Cold War; postcolonial state-building; the rise of political Islam and piety movements; globalization and economic disparities; and movements for democracy and social justice. 

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Arabic Club

Author: Program in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies

Marhaba! 

Just last week we were given the clearance to host Arabic club events in-person. Some of you may have attended our virtual club event. Now that the overall situation is looking better, we can actually meet in person, outside. We will maintain physical distancing, and we will wear our favorite masks. We are working on securing masks with Arabic writing on them.We have an event tentatively scheduled for Monday (9/28), and it will be outside. …

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The Robert D. Nuner Award

Author: Sherry Reichold

The prestigious Robert D. Nuner Modern and Classical Language Award was bestowed upon Elizabeth Kolb, Arabic Major in the Department of Classics.  The Robert D. Nuner Modern and Classical Language Award is presented to a graduating senior in the College of Arts and Letters with a first or second major, in any classical or modern foreign language, who has earned the highest cumulative grade point average.  Congratulations, Elizabeth!…

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New Online Course for Summer 2020!

Author: Program in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies

MEAR 40027 - Section 01: Introduction to Classical/Quranic Arabic I (CRN 3905) (Undergrads)
MEAR 60027 (Grad students)
Instructor:  Dr. Catherine Bronson
MTWTh 10:30 - 12:05
June 15-July 24, 2020
3 credit hours

The goal of this course is to develop a basic knowledge of the Classical/Koranic Arabic, with emphasis on an overview of grammar and syntax, vocabulary acquisition, and serial readings of Islamic texts. We read selections from Qur'an, Qur'anic exegeses, hadith (Prophetic tradition), and other related material. We learn how to use Arabic dictionary and bibliographical references (in print and online). (Prereq.: one year of college level Modern Standard Arabic)…

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Arabic major named 2020 Truman Scholar

Author: Erin Blasko

Notre Dame junior Patrick Hidalgo McCabe has been named a 2020 Truman Scholar, becoming the ninth Notre Dame student selected for the award since 2010 — a list that includes three eventual Rhodes Scholars. McCabe is a political science and Arabic major with a minor in peace studies from Vienna, Virginia. He is a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar, a Kellogg International Scholar, a Glynn Family Honors Scholar and a Boren Scholar. 

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Truman Scholarship

Author: Sherry Reichold

Patrick McCabe, a Political Science and Arabic double major and AL/SC Honors Program and Peace Studies minor received the prestigious Truman Scholarship.  Congratulations, Patrick!…

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New Course: The 1001 Nights

Author: Sherry Reichold

The Thousand and One Nights, also known as the Arabian Nights, is a collection of tales originated in the Arab lands that has become a masterpiece of world literature. These enchanting stories, framed by the tale of Scheherazade (or Shahrazad), have enjoyed a widespread and varied reputation over the centuries and across cultures.

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Jay Rowley '11 Honored as Part of Inaugural Domer Dozen

Author: Brigid O'Keefe

Congratulations to Jay Rowley, an alumnus of the Arabic Program, on being honored as one of the inaugural Domer Dozen, an award given to graduates 32 years old and younger in recognition for their significant contributions and extraordinary dedication to making a difference. Rowley, one of 12 honorees, is being recognized for his work promoting security in the Middle East. …

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Prof. Abdulsater Wins Prestigious Book Award

Author: Brigid O'Keefe

Professor Hussein Abdulsater has been awarded "The World Award for Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran" for his book, Shi'i Doctrine, Mu'tazili Theology: al-Sharif al-Murtada and Imami Discourse. The award honors works in the fields of Islamic studies and Iranian studies. 

In Shi'i Doctrine, Mu'tazili Theology: al-Sharif al-Murtada and Imami Discourse

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Book: Shi'i Doctrine, Mu'tazili Theology al-Sharif al-Murtada and Imami Discourse

Author: Sherry Reichold

New in Paperback

Shi'i Doctrine, Mu'tazili Theology

al-Sharif al-Murtada and Imami Discourse

Hussein Ali Abdulsater

Published by Edinburgh University Press

This book presents the contribution of al-Sharif al-Murtada (d. 1044) of Baghdad, the thinker most responsible for this irreversible change, which remains central to Imami identity. It analyses his intellectual project and establishes the dynamic context which prompted him to pour the old wine of Shi'i doctrine into the new wineskin of systematic Mu'tazili theology.…

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