Literature

Designing a Syllabus on Islamic Literature

(For Departments of English at the University Level)
Kamiz Alam 
Assistant Professor, Dept of English
Northern University Bangladesh

Paper presented at a Follow-up Workshop on Curriculum Reform
9 November, 2008, Dhaka University


Existing Syllabi
n Courses on Language /
n Courses on Skill Development
n Courses on ELT
n Courses on Linguistics
n Courses on Literature

Courses on Literature
n Anglo- American 
n Continental
n Postcolonial/ Commonwealth

Islamic Literature: WHY Classical Islamic Literature
n An outstanding part of world literature
n Different poetic forms: qasida, ghazel, qitah, masnavi, robai, maqamah
n Eastern perspectives of life: spiritual reality and material existence
n Different Muslim writers’ (of different periods) experience of reality 
n Eastern perspectives of life: spiritual reality and material existence
n Different Muslim writers’ (of different periods) experience of reality

Classical Islamic Literature
Northern University Bangladesh
Dept of English: Darul Ihsan University

Objectives
n This course  provides an introduction to classical Islamic literature translated from Arabic and Persian.
n The students should gain an insight into the working of the Muslim mind as expressed in literature and find a useful basis for comparison with literature of the other cultures.
n The students should gain an insight into the working of the Muslim mind as expressed in literature and find a useful basis for comparison with literature of the other cultures.

Authors and Texts
n Ibn Ishaq from The Biography of the  Prophet: ‘How Salman Became a Muslim’ ‘Khadija, Daughter of  Khuwalid,  Accepts  Islam’
n Ferdowsi from Shahname : ‘TheTragedy of  Sohrab and  Rostam’
n Faridoddin Attar  from The Conference of the Birds: 
  ‘The Story of Shekh Sma’n’

Classical Islamic Literature: A Proposed Syllabus

Objectives:
n To acquaint students with the rich heritage of Islamic literature
n To  introduce students to  the classical Islamic writers’ experience of reality
n To enable students to make a comparative study between Western literature and classical Islamic literature 
n Faridoddin Attarfrom   The Conference of the Birds: ‘The Story of Shekh Sma’n’
n Jalaloddin Rumi  Robais, Ghazals, Spiritual Couplets (Selected)
n Sa‘di    Golestan from Book I :  ‘On the Nature of Shahs’
n The Thousand and one Nights: ‘Prologue’

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