Arabic Literature: Readings from al-Ayyam by Taha Hussein
One of the problems facing Arabic students is the lack of exposure to Arabic prose and good literature.
This means that whilst their familiarity with Arabic grammar may be excellent --- indeed better than most Arabic speakers today --- their speaking and writing does not match up.
What is required is immersion, ideally this would entail living in an environment where nothing but Arabic is used, where a student is forced to put his learning into practice by speaking and writing.
However, given that not all students are fortunate enough to find themselves privileged with such an environment, it is critical that they keep themselves exposed to Arabic, exercise and hone their skills. For, not only does practice make perfect as they say but a discontinuation of practice leads one's skills to wane, which eventually leads to a loss of confidence and, God forbid, the language itself.
To meet this need, Ebrahim College is pleased to offer its first module in readings of Arabic Literature.
In this 10 week module, students will read through Vol. 1 of Taha Hussain's al-Ayyam, a unique work of literature of the late modern era. Students will be expected to read through the text, discuss ideas and themes, write articles and deliver presentations in class. All this will be in Arabic of course! Course instruction will be in Arabic. English will be used only when and where necessary.