First cycle
degree courses
Second cycle
degree courses
Single cycle
degree courses
School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LE03104619, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0613, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
bring this page
with you
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ARABIC LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
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

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 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 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)

Prerequisites: Arabic language is not required.
Target skills and knowledge: The aims are three:
1) the knowledge of the structure of 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 characteristics, the authors and the main texts of Classical Arabic literature (VI-XIII cent.).
3) the analysis and the understanding of some of the most significant documents of Classical Arabic literature 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 course.

Arabic Literature: the individual oral interview will last about 30 (thirty) minutes. The questions will verify the knowledge of Classical Arabic literature addressed during the course.
Assessment criteria: The mark will express the 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

Classical Arabic literature (readings of some important pages) 21 hours:

(1) pre-Islamic poetry;
(2) poetry and prose in the era of the Prophet Muḥammad;
(3) the Umayyad age and the origins of Adab;
(4) the movement of translation from the Greek into Arabic and Baghdad's cultural supremacy;
(5) decentralization of power and the court-poet al-Mutanabbi;
(6) the Seljuk era and al-Andalus: al-Ġazālī and Ibn Tufayl.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Part of lectures will be devoted to the learning of Arabic language and part to a historical-literary analysis of the Classical Arabic literature. 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 Classical Arabic literature aiming at involving the students and stimulating the discussion. The lessons will include the reading and analysis of documents related to the Classical Arabic literature 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
  • Amaldi, Daniela, Storia della letteratura araba classicaDaniela Amaldi. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Quality Education Gender Equality Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions