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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LE03104619, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IF0314, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ARABIC LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge CECILIA MARTINI M-FIL/08
Other lecturers MY ZIDANE EL AMRANI 000000000000

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines L-OR/12 Arabic Language and Literature 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 MARTINI CECILIA (Presidente)
CATAPANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
6 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 MARTINI CECILIA (Presidente)
CATAPANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
5 Commissione 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 MARTINI CECILIA (Presidente)
CATAPANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The knowledge of Arabic is not required.
Target skills and knowledge: The aims are three:
1) the knowledge of the structure of the Arabic language (linguistic historical context of formation; phonology, reading and writing, transliteration systems, morphology of the noun and the verb up to the derived forms of the regular verb).
2) the knowledge of the translation movement from Greek into Arabic of ancient and late ancient secular knowledge which developed in the 'Abbāsid Baghdad from the 8th century.
3) the analysis and the understanding of some Arabic documents on the translation movement from Greek into Arabic of ancient and late ancient secular knowledge in Italian translation.
Examination methods: The exam consists of a written test and an oral interview.

Arabic language: the knowledge of the syntactic-grammatical structures of the Arabic language will be verified in a written test. The test will take an hour and a half. It will consists of exercises similar to those provided to the students as exercises during the lessons.

Translation movement from Greek into Arabic: the individual oral interview will last about 30 (thirty) minutes. The questions will verify the knowledge of the translation movement from Greek into Arabic addressed during the course.
Assessment criteria: The mark will express the weighted average of the two partial tests (written and oral). We will evaluate:
- grammatical and syntactic correctness in the written test;
- completeness of knowledge, accuracy of conceptual analysis, correct terminology, and construction of a relevant and clear personal critical discourse in the oral interview.
Course unit contents: Arabic language 48 hours:

(1) historical linguistic framework of the formation of the Arabic language;
(2) phonetics of the Arabic language,
(3) reading and writing of the Arabic language,
(4) transliteration systems,
(5) morphology of the name, article and nominal declination
(6) nominal propositions
(7) construct state
(8) gender of nouns
(9) plural and dual
(10) personal pronouns
(11) demonstrative pronouns and adjectives
(12) relative and interrogative pronouns
(13) pronominal pronouns and adjectives
(14) comparative and superlative adjectives
(15) numerals
(16) verb: perfect
(17) verb:indicative imperfect, conjunctive mode, conditional-iussive mode
(18) kāna and its sisters
(19) imperative, vocative, participles and infinities

Translation movement from Greek into Arabic 21 hours:

(1) social phenomenon in its specific historical-cultural context.
(2) prosopography of its protagonists: patrons, translators and experts in the field of philosophy, medicine and science.
(3) centers for processing and disseminating texts in translation.
(4) peculiar aspects of the Arabic reception of ancient and late ancient Greek thought: the theoretical justification of the use of knowledge extraneous to the Koranic revelation, the critical rethinking of texts in translation, the elaboration of new theories, the value attributed to direct observation of a certain phenomenon under examination, the construction of tools, the importance of the applicative implications of theoretical research, the satisfaction of practical needs.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Part of lectures will be devoted to the learning of Arabic language and part to a historical-conceptual analysis of the translation movement. 48 (equivalent to 3 credits) hours of Arabic language will be carried in the form of workshops and it will include lectures, exercises, and the correction of the exercises which will be assigned at home for the consolidation of learning. 21 hours of lectures will be devoted to the translation movement from Greek into Arabic aiming at involving the students and stimulating the discussion. The lessons will include the reading and analysis of documents related to the translation movement in Italian translation.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The bibliographical references of the exam, the exercises, text and powerpoints presented in class will be available on the course's moodle page. Non-attending students have to contact the professor to agree on the exam program.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Mion, Giuliano, <<La >>lingua araba Giuliano Mion. Roma: Carocci, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • L. Veccia Vaglieri, Grammatica teorico-pratica della lingua araba. Roma: Istituto per l'Oriente, 1996. pp. 1-138, 189-305, 433-508 Cerca nel catalogo
  • D. Gutas, Pensiero greco e cultura araba. Torino: Einaudi, 2002. Cerca nel catalogo