Well, the BYU Fall Term of 2012 is coming to an end. I’m more or less done with my Arabic 490R readings class, though I’m absolutely awash in papers and final examinations from Middle East Studies – Arabic (MESA) 250 (“Introduction to the Religion of Islam”) and MESA 467R (a course on the Qur’an in English).
I’m beginning to gear up for the 2013 Winter Term, when I’ll again be guiding a readings course (Arabic 490R), as well as teaching MESA 250 (“Introduction to the Religion of Islam”). I’m going to be making some substantial changes to the latter, both because I want to do so and because there is considerable uncertainty about whether one of the textbooks I wanted is going to be available. (Things may be getting a bit desperate, just as they were this past term, only with a different book.) I’ll also be teaching Arabic 425R (a course on the Qur’an again, though this time bi-al-‘Arabi).
Students out there who may be thinking of enrolling in MESA 250 should know that I’m going to require everybody in it to read through Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style in preparation for the various papers required by the class. There won’t be any test on it. They simply have to certify that they’ve read it, which will allow me to be merciless on the mechanical issues it covers. And papers will need to comply with the Chicago Manual of Style and/or with the latest edition of Kate Turabian’s little book (which is, essentially, a mini-Chicago).
Finally, do you see that guy above? It’s really true: I’m a language professor, and all I had to do was to look at him. I hated him instantly. Passionately. Irrationally. I have no idea who he is or what he does, but I hate him. (If I didn’t, wouldn’t he be advertising falsely?)
Posted from Orlando, Florida.