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Modern Standard Arabic Fiction


Admission requirements

Entry requirements for students in the BA Midden-Oostenstudies:
Propedeutic exam and 15 EC trackspecific courses (BA 2/1st semester)


During this course a novel and/or short stories will be read in Modern Standard Arabic. In this way, students become better acquainted with Arabic literature on a more detailed level and improve their reading skills by increasing their vocabulary, encountering the grammar already learned in practice and learning to use the dictionary better. In order to achieve all this, the main aim of this course is to expand the reading experience.

Course objectives

  • Getting to know Arabic literature from the Maghreb

  • Expanding vocabulary

  • Increase grammar recognition and mastery

  • Increase dictionary search skills

  • Developing reading strategies for reading Arabic literature


The timetables are avalable through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The course is offered as part of a full-time program of studies, and therefore work commitments, holidays, or overseas travel do not constitute valid reasons for absence. The lecturer should be informed in writing of any classes to be missed for a valid reason (i.e., due to unforeseen circumstances that are beyond the student’s control, such as documented illness, family bereavement, problems with residence permits, victim of crime, or railway delays). In case of a justified absence, it is up to the Lecturer to decide whether the missed class should be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Please note that you are required to provide documentation that supports your case for absence where possible. Absence without notification and approval could result in a grade deduction, or in work not being marked and a failing grade for the course.

Assessment method


Classroom participation and homework assignments (20%)
Midterm exam (20%)
Final exam (60%)


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


If the final grade is 5.5 or less students may take a resit once (100%).

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Materials will be provided by the teacher.
Ryding, K. C. (2005). A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: De Vrieshof.


Important: this course is taught at NIMAR in Rabat, Morocco.