SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature (PG)

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Term 1

The module presents a broad survey of modern Arabic literature through a range of selected texts from the 18th century right up to the ‘Arab Spring’ and its debated aftermath. The works are studied as literature but with constant reference to the social and political contexts in which they were written, and a constant questioning of the shifting designations of ‘modern,’ ‘Arabic’ and ‘Literature.’ Attention will be paid to the process of socio-political and cultural change and to the effects produced by ideological transition on theme, form and language.


The module is taught over 10 weeks, 2 hours each week.

Method of assessment

  • 1 x essay (1500-2000 words) submitted term 1 (30%)
  • 1 x essay (1500-2000 words) submitted term 1 (30%)
  • 1 x 15min virtual presentation narrated power point at a time arranged by the Convenor (40%)
  • The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page


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