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[CLME G4106] Culture and Power in Iraqi Literature

April 10, 2007

Ali (al-Musawi), Muhsin Silver_nugget
[CLME G4106] Culture and Power in Iraqi Literature

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The old man is nice, but beware, he will lull you to sleep.
Boring, yes indeed. He drones on for hours and if you're smart you'll just nod your lil' head.

I learned a little about Iraq, but not much. Easy A though!

Workload:

One 20-page paper, that's it. Reading is optional. A's for everyone!

October 31, 2006

Ali (al-Musawi), Muhsin Silver_nugget
[CLME G4106] Culture and Power in Iraqi Literature

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My favorite professor is Prof. Al-Musawi. I don't say that just because he has such an engaging, helpful, and encouraging personality (though that helps!).
I say that because he is so intelligent, has such a command of the material, and the passion in his teaching translates into the most fascinating lectures and discussions. I have learned so much in this class, not just about Iraqi literature, but what makes good literature in general. I have learned more on literature from him than I have in countless English and World Literature courses.
This course was immensely thought-provoking, challenging us to vicariously live through the trials that the Iraqis have lived through, and really helped us to better understand Iraqis as a culture and a people. Given the Iraq War, this course was especially timely, and I only wish that those who thought of invading Iraq had taken this course. The world might be so different today!

Also, Pro. Al-Musaiw is very diligent at responding to e-mails and making time to meet with students. I would encourage everyone to take a class with him. You will find yourself enlightened.

Workload:

1 presentation, 1 review of a classmate's presentation, final paper 15-20 pages

August 25, 2005

Ali (al-Musawi), Muhsin Silver_nugget
[CLME G4106] Culture and Power in Iraqi Literature

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I love this man--he is a fabulous professor and I am shocked that I am the first one to review him! I loved going to his class--looked forward to it every week and always hoped to bump into him in between just to talk to him. He is a sweetheart who cares greatly about his students and the material he is teaching. He is so passionate about the subject (so much so that sometimes he goes into these long rants and tangents that lead to no where, but they're always interesting just the same) that you can't help but get drawn in. He is also THE MAN when it comes to Arabic literature (he's oddly modest about it, though he certainly name drops--but it's hilarious to hear him say "oh yes, and I had a beer with this super-duper-famous author and he told me X and the this other way famous and very prolific author told me Y). He is the editor of the Journal of Arabic Literature, has written a great deal and, like I said, knows everyone. Take a course with him--anything you can!

Workload:

For this course it was a book a week--it helps to do the reading but if you don't do it once or twice, it's not the end of the world. We had 1 presentation and 1 paper to write. I think everyone got an A

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
MELC / CLME MELC CLME G4106: Culture & Power in Iraqi Literature Muhsin Ali (al-Musawi) 2010 Spring W / 11:00-12:50 PM 1
MELC / CLME MELC CLME G4106: Culture & Power in Iraqi Literature Muhsin Ali (al-Musawi) 2008 Fall R / 11:00-12:50 PM 1
MELC / CLME MELC CLME G4106: Culture & Power in Iraqi Literature Muhsin Ali (al-Musawi) 2007 Fall R / 11:00-12:50 PM 1
MELC / CLME MELC CLME G4106: Culture & Power in Iraqi Literature Muhsin Ali (al-Musawi) 2007 Spring R / 11:00-12:50 PM 1
MELC / CLME MELC CLME G4106: Culture & Power in Iraqi Literature Muhsin Ali (al-Musawi) 2005 Spring R / 11:00-12:50 PM 1