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Dr. Ali Hussein
A senior lecturer; Department of Arabic Language and Literature; University of Haifa.
 
Field of Interest
Classical Arabic poetry; especially pre-Islamic poetry; the poetry of the Hudhayl tribe; the Nakaid in the Umayyad era; the Badi' (New Style) Poetry; and classical Arabic rhetoric.
  • Personal Information
  • Courses
    Degree
     
    Type of Course
     
     
    Name of Course
    Year
    B. A.
     
    Lecture (Mandatory)
    Classical Texts
    1998-2009
    B. A.
     
    Choice course
    Division of the Classical  Arabic Poem
     
    2004 (Semester A)
    B. A.
    Choice course
    Originality in the Old Arabic Poetry
     
    2004 (Semester B)
    B. A.
    Choice course
    The Poetry of the Hudhayl Tribe from Jahiliyya (Pre-Islamic Time) to Islam
     
    2005 (Semester A)
    B. A.
    Choice course
    The Pre-Islamic Qasida in the Region of al-Hira (Iraq)
     
    2005 (Semester B)
    B. A.
    Choice course
    The Old Arabic Poetry in East Arabia: the Regions of al-Yamama and al-Bahrayn
     
    2005 (Semester B)
    B. A.
    Choice course
    The Pre-Islamic Ode in the Southern Part of the Arabian Peninsula (the Region of Yemen)
     
    2006 (Semester A)
    B. A.
    Choice course
    The Naqa'id Poetry (a Satirical Poetry)  in the Umayyad Era
     
    2006 (Semester A)
    B. A.
    Pre-Seminar
    Poetic Anthologies in the Old Arabic Heritage
     
    2007 (Semester A)
    B. A.
    Choice course
    The Muallaqat Poetry
     
    2007 (Semester A)
    B. A.
    Choice course
    Al-A'sha: The Poet and His Poetic Output
     
    2007 (Semester A)
    B. A.
    Choice course
    The Poetry of the Sa'alik (the Brigand Poets)
     
    2008 (Semester A)
    B. A.
    Choice course
    The Structure of the Pre-Islamic Qasida
     
    2008 (Semester B)
    B. A.
    Lecture (Mandatory)
    Grammar B
    2008-2010
    B. A.
    Choice course
    The Badi' (New Style) in the Epistles of the Kuttab (the State Secretaries)
     
    2009 (Semester B)
    B. A.
    Choice course
    Imru' al-Qays: His Life and Poetry
     
    2009 (Semester B)
    B. A.
    Lecture (mandatory)
     
     
     
    Introduction to Classical Arabic Literature A.
    Since 2012 (semester B), the course was given as an on-line course
     
    2009-
    M. A.
    Mandatory Course (Seminar)
    Naqd al-Shi'r (The Book on the Criticism of Poetry) by Qudama b. Ja'far
     
    2010 (Semester A)
    B. A.
    Choice course
    Love Poetry in the Umayyad Era
    2010 (Semester A)
    B. A.
    Choice course
    The Poetry of Zuhayr b. Abi  Sulma
     
    2010 (Semester B)
    B. A.
    Pre-Seminar
    Old Arabic Rhetoric
    2010 (Semester B)
     
    B. A.
    Lecture (Mandatory)
    Classical Poetry
    2000-2008, and 2011-
     
    M.A.
    Lecture (Seminar)
    Simile and Metaphor
    2011
    (Semester A)
     
    M.A.
    Lecture (Seminar)
    Lecture (Seminar)
    2011 (Semester B)
     
    B.A.
    Lecture (Mandatory)
    The Poetry in the Time of the Prophet and the Orthodox Caliphs
     
    2011 (Semester B)
    M.A.
    Lecture (Choice course)
    Humor in Classical Arabic Poetry
    2012 (Semester B)
     
    B.A.
    Lecture (Choice course)
    Asrar al-Balagha (Secrets of Eloquence)
     
    2013 (Semester A)
    B.A.
    Lecture (Choice course)
    The Poetic Output of Abu al-Alaa al-Maarri
     
    2013 (Semester A)
    B.A.
    Lecture (Choice course)
    Classical Arabic Rhetoric
     
    2013 (Semester B)
    M.A.
    Lecture (Choice course)
    The "Meaning Science" According to Abd al-Qahir al-Jurjani's Book "Dala'il al-I'jaz) (Signs of inimitability of the Qur'an)
    2013 (Semester B)
     
     
  • Publications
    A.  Ph.D. Dissertation
    Form and Content in Classical Arabic Poetry: Meanings and Structures in the Poetry of the Two Hudhali Poets: Sa'ida b. Ju'ayya and Abu Dhu'ayb. 2002. 523 pp. Arabic. University of Haifa. Supervisors: Prof. George Kanazi (University of Haifa) and Prof. Albert Arazi (The Hebrew University).
     
      
    B. Scientific Books (Refereed)
     
     Authored Books – Published
     
    (2009) The Lightning-Scene in Ancient Arabic Poetry: Function, Narration, and Idiosyncrasy in Pre-Islamic and Early Islamic Poetry. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrasowitz Verlag. In the series Arabische Studien. 302 pages.
     
    The book was reviewed by:
    Ewald Wagner, in Zeitschrift der deutschen morgenländischen Gesellschaft 161 (2011), pp. 480-482.
    Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah, in Journal of Arabic Literature 42 (2011), pp. 272-274.

    Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah, in Journal of Arabic Literature 42 (2011), pp. 272-274.

    Arie Schippers, in Bibliotheca Orientalis LXIX/5-6 (September - December 2012), pp. 666-667.
     
     
    Edited Books and Special Journal Issues - Published
     
    (2011). "Muhammad Naffa': The Writer and His Literary Output". In: Yasin Kittani (ed.), Encyclopedia of Researches and Studies in Modern Palestinian Literature: (1) Local Literature. Western Baqa and Umm al-Fahm: al-Qasimi Arabic Language Academy. Pp. 379-420 (in Arabic).
      
     
     C. Articles in Refereed Journals
     
    Published
     
    (2000-2001) “The Hunting Poetry in the Pre-Islamic and Early Islamic Eras”. Al-Karmil Studies in Arabic Language and Literature 21-22, pp. 81-150 (in Arabic).
     
    (2002-2003) “The Theory of Aghrad al-shi'r (Aims of Poetry) by the Old Arab Critics”. Al-Karmil: Studies in Arabic Language and Literature. 23-24, pp. 93-110 (in Arabic).
     
    (2004) “Classical and Modern Approaches in Dividing the Old Arabic Poem”. Journal of Arabic Literature 35/3, pp. 297-328.
     
    (2005) “An Analytical Division of the Old Arabic Poem: A Suggestion for a New Method of Dividing and Analyzing the Old Arabic Poem with Application to a Text by Hassan b. Thabit”. Journal of Arabic Literature 36/1, pp. 74-102.
     
    (2004-2005) “The Honey-Scene and Its Function in Ancient Arabic Love Poetry”. Al-Karmil Studies in Arabic Language and Literature 25-26, pp. 87-122 (in Arabic).
     
    (2006) "Towards a Literary and Historical Study of the Old Qasida in al-Yamama: The Case of the Zimman Tribe". Mélanges de l'Université Saint-Joseph 59, pp. 97-144.
     
    (2008). "The Formative Age of the Naqa'id Poetry: Abu Ubayda's Naqa'id Jarir wa-l-Farazdaq. Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 34, pp. 499-528.
     
    (2008) "Towards a Literary and Historical Study of the Old Qasida in al-Yamama: The Qasidas of the Qays b. Tha'laba Tribe". Mélanges de l'Université Saint-Joseph LXI, pp. 33-99.
     
    (2011) "One Qasida with Several Chaste Love Affairs in Light of al-Mufaddaliyyat and al-Asma'iyyat". Middle Eastern Literatures 14/1 (2011): 1-19.
     
    (2011) "The Rise and Decline of Naqaid Poetry". Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 38 (2011), pp. 305-359 [published in July 2012].
     
    (2012) "A Unique Pattern in the Love Poetry of Mulayh b. al-Hakam". Middle Eastern Literatures 15/1, pp. 20-54.

    2012) "Novel Aspects of the Ancient Arabic Qasida". Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 39, pp. 109-139.

    (2011, published in 2013) "Mulayh Ibn al-Hakam: The Man Through His Poetical Output". In Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 101 (2011), 233-272. 

      
     
    D.  Articles or Chapters in Scientific Books
     
    Published
     
    (2011) "Hunting the Animal as an Allegory for the Cruelty of the fate in Old Arabic Poetry: The Case of Sa'ida b. Ju'ayya". In: Ayelet Oettinger and Danny Bar-Maoz (eds.). Mittuv Yosef: Yosef Tobi Jubilee Volume. Haifa: The Center for the Study of Jewish Culture in Spain and Islamic Countries, University of Haifa, 2011. Volume 1, pp. 105-115.
     
     
    E. Entries in Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
     
    Authored Entries
     
    Published
     
    (2009) “Abu 't-Tamahan al-Qayni". The Encyclopaedia of Islam. 3rd edition. Leiden: Brill, volume 1, pp. 38-39.
     
    (2011) "Ali b. Abd al-Aziz Al-Qadi al-Jurjani". In: Terri DeYoung and Mary St. Germain (eds.). Essays in Arabic Literary Biography 925-1350. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag. Pp. 222-228.
     
    (2011) "Qudama b. Ja'far". In: Terri DeYoung and Mary St. Germain (eds.). Essays in Arabic Literary Biography 925-1350. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag. Pp. 285-298.
     
     
    F.  Article Reviews
     
    (2007) "Some Issues Concerning the Prosaic Craft in Ancient Arabic Heritage". Al-Karmil: Studies in Arabic Language and Literature 28, pp. 35-66 (in Arabic).
     
     
    G.  Book Reviews
     
    (Forthcoming). "Studien zu Ueberlieferung und Intertextualitaet der altarabischen Dichtung: Das Mantelgedicht Ka'b ibn Zuhayrs, by Werner Diem. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2010". In Orientalistische Literaturzeitung.
     
    (2008). “Description in Classical Arabic Poetry: Wasf, Ekphrasis, and Interarts Theory, by Akiko Motoyoshi Sumi”. In Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft. pp. 443-447.
                                                                      
     
    H.  Other Works Connected with my Scholarly Field
     
    Brochures
     
    Together with Dr. Ofer Livne-Kafri. A brochure for the students of the Department of Arabic Language and Literature, University of Haifa, about how to write footnotes and list of references (the brochure is found in the library under the IMAGE 931761. It is found also on the web as a pdf file, under http://arabic.haifa.ac.il/lomda/bibliography.pdf).
     
    A brochure for the students of the Department of Arabic Language and Literature, University of Haifa, includes information about basic reference books that the student needs for studying and analyzing classical texts (it is found in the library under the IMAGE 848797).
  • Participation in Conferences
    Participation in Scholarly Conferences
     
     
    A. Active Participation
     
    Role
    Subject of  Lecture/Discussion
    Place of Conference
    Name of Conference
    Date
    Participant in a panel
    Motifs in the Poetry of the Hudhayl Tribe (Hebrew)
     
    University of Haifa
    Annual Conference in Memory of Professor David Zemah
    May 2000
    Participant in a panel
    Names of the Beloveds in the Poetry of Mulayh b. al-Hakam (Hebrew)
     
    University of Haifa
    Annual Conference in Memory of Professor David Zemah
    March 14, 2001
    Participant in a panel
    The Pre-Islamic and Early Islamic Hunting Poetry (Arabic)
     
    University of Haifa
    Annual Conference in Memory of Professor David Zemah
    June 13, 2003
    Participant in a panel
    Methods of Composition, Presentation and Transmission of the Naqa'id
    Poetry in the Umayyad Period According to Abu Ubayda's Book 'Kitab an-Naqa'id: Naqa'id Jarir wa-l-Farazdaq' (English)
     
    Freiburg, Germany
    XXX. Deutscher Orientalistentag
    September 24-28, 2007
    Participant in a panel
    Methods of Composition  and Transmission of the Naqa'id
    Poetry in the Umayyad Period (Hebrew)
     
    University of Haifa
    Annual Conference in Memory of Professor David Zemah
     May 14, 2009
    Participant in a panel
    Two Beloveds in the Same Love Qasida: A Unique Pattern in the Poetry of Mulayh b. al-Hakam (English)
     
    Manchester, U.K.
    BRISMES Annual Conference 2009.
    British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
     July 4-6, 2009
    Participant in a panel
    Some Characteristics of the Old Arabic Qasida
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    From Jahiliyya to Islam
    11th International Conference
     
     July 5-10, 2009
    Participant in a panel
    The Badi' (New Style) in Jahili and Abbasid Poetry
    Barcelona, Spain
    World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES)
     
     July 19-24, 2010
    Participant in a panel
    Towards a Literary and Historical Study of the Old Qasida in al-Yamama:
    The Case of the Bahila Tribe
     
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    From Jahilyya to Islam, 12th International Conference 2012
     June 24-28, 2012
    Participant in a panel
    Humour in Pre-Islamic Poetry
    Erlangen, Germany
    19. Internationaler Kongress zur gegenwartsbezogenen Forschung im Vorderen Orient
    DAVO Kongress
     
     October 4-6, 2012
    Participant in a panel
    Mulayh Ibn al-Hakam: The Man Through His Poetical Output
    Denver, Colorado
    MESA 2012 Annual Meeting: Middle East Studies Association
     
     November 17-20, 2012
     
     
    B. Organization of Conferences or Sessions
     
    Role
    Subject of Conference/
    Role at Conference/
    Comments
    Place of
    Conference
    Name of
    Conference
     
    Date
    Organizer
    Classical Arabic literature, modern Arabic literature,
    Arabic linguistics and grammar, and Islamic studies. Selective papers are prepared to be published in an honorary volume
     
    University of Haifa
    International Conference in Honor of Professor George Kanazi
    November 22-24, 2009
    Organizer
    Classical Arabic literature, modern Arabic literature
    University of Haifa
    Annual Conference in Memory of Professor David Zemah
     
    May 6, 2010
    Organizer (together with Dr. Ayelet Oettinger, from the Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature)
     
    Hebrew Language and Literature
    University of Haifa
    Conference in Honor of Professor Yossif Tobi
    November 14, 2011
     
     
    C. Invited Lectures
     
    Presentation/Comments
    Name of Forum
    Place of Lecture
    Date
    Wine and Love in the Poetry of Abu Nuwas
     
    The Israeli Center for Libraries.
    Tel Aviv
    February 09, 2004
     
     
    D. Colloquium Talks 
     
    Presentation/Comments
    Name of Forum
    Place of Lecture

    Date

    Originality in Old Arabic Poems
    Department Colloquium
    University of Bar-Ilan
    Department of Arabic Language and Literature
     

    December 28, 2003

    The Pre-Islamic Arabic Poetry in the Region of al-Hira (Iraq)
    Department Colloquium
    Tel Aviv University
    Department of Arabic Language and Literature
     
     March 10, 2005
    Function and Story: Two Important Elements in Pre-Islamic Arabic Qasida
    Afternoon-Dean
    University of Haifa
    Faculty of Humanities
     January 21, 2009
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