ARAB532 Advanced Arabic Rhetoric II

Course ID
Core or Elective

Course Name: Advanced Arabic Rhetoric II

Mukhtaṣar al-Ma’ānī is Sa’d al-Dīn al-Taftāzānī’s (d. 792/1390) commentary on Khaṭīb al-Qazwīnī’s (d. 739/1338) Talkhīṣ al-Miftāḥ, which in turn is a study on the third section of Abū Ya’qūb al-Sakkākī’s (d. 626/1229) Miftāh al-‘Ulūm covering ma’ānī (the study of how variations in syntax affect meaning), bayān (the study of figurative language), and badī’ (the study of other stylistic devices), the three sub-disciplines of ‘ilm al-balāghah (Arabic rhetoric). Using Talkhīṣ al-Miftāḥand Mukhtaṣar al-Ma’ānī, the course will teach these three disciplines with the aim of giving students a strong grounding in Arabic rhetoric, so that they have a deeper appreciation of the Noble Qur’ān and the Arabic language. al-Talkhīsand Mukhtaṣar al-Ma’ānī have traditionally been the final works taught on Arabic language and rhetoric in traditional institutions of Islamic higher learning, since students who master these works will be able to do independent research in classical works on Arabic language.