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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2013: Religion and Politics in the Middle East: Literary Perspectives

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, an example of a syllabus is as follows:

Week 1: Introduction – politics, religion and literature

Week 2: Political Utopia

Naguib Mahfouz, The Journey of Ibn Fattouma (short novel)

Week 3: Politics and Sufism

Naguib Mahfouz, The Fountain and the Tomb (short novel)

Week 4: Religious Conflict & Sacred Violence

Abd al-Hakim Qasim, Al-Mahdi (short novel)

Week 5: Political & Religious Fundamentalism

Alaa al-Aswany, The Yacoubian Building (novel)

Week 6: Sexuality & Taboo

Alaa al-Aswany, The Yacoubian BuildingĀ  (novel)

Week 7: Gender & Patriarchy I

Nawal Saadawi, God Dies by the Nile and/or Salwa Bakr, The Shrine of Atia (short novels)

Week 8: Gender & Patriarchy II

Alifa Rifaat, Distant View from a Minaret (short story collection)

Week 9: Postcolonial Perspectives

Tayyeb Saleh, ‘The Doum Tree of Wad Hamid’ (short story)

Week 10: Religion, Myth & Nation

Poems by Adonis and Badr Shakir al-Sayyab

Week 11: Concluding remarks

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities2211x2 hour classes. You will need to complete all readings prior to class and be ready to participate. On some occasions you may be asked to participate.
Guided independent study68Reading and research
Guided independent study30Completing assignments
Guided independent study30Preparing for assessments

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).