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Bilal Ahmad Maanaki

Senior Lecturer
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures
Office location and address
125 New Cabell Hall
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
BA in Philosophy- American University of Beirut.
Dilploma in Acting from the Institute of Fine Arts- Lebanese University.
MA in Higher and Post-Secondary Education -University of Michigan.
MA in Near Eastern Languages & Cultures -Indiana University
PhD Student in Near Eastern Languages & Cultures- Indiana University
PhD Student in Communication & Culture - Indiana University
Biography

Right now I am working on Arabic love poetry especially the work of Majnun Layla. I am interested in the circulation of love in poetic forms from the 9th century into the early 20th century. I am looking into the cultural and political aspects that shaped the rise of this genre and the impact of the tools of propagation/storage on the circulation and reception of love themes.

ARAB 116: Intensive Introductory Arabic
This intensive course begins with instruction in basic oral expression, listening comprehension, elementary reading and writing, and continues with further development of these four skills at the intermediate level. Part of the Summer Language Institute.
ARAB 126: Intensive Introductory Arabic
This intensive course begins with instruction in basic oral expression, listening comprehension, elementary reading and writing, and continues with further development of these four skills at the intermediate level. Part of the Summer Language Institute.
ARAB 216: Intensive Intermediate Arabic
This intensive course begins with instruction in basic intermediate level expression, listening comprehension, reading and writing, and continues with further development of these four skills. Part of the Summer Language Institute.
ARAB 226: Intensive Intermediate Arabic
This intensive course begins with instruction in basic intermediate level expression, listening comprehension, reading and writing, and continues with further development of these four skills. Part of the Summer Language Institute.
ARAB 256: Introduction to Levantine Arabic-I
This course intends to introduce the students to colloquial Levantine Arabic by enabling them to communicate in Levantine Arabic, the colloquial spoken in Syria, Lebanon, the Holy Land, and Western Jordan Prerequisite: First Year Arabic
ARAB 266: Introduction to Levantine Arabic-II
This course intends to introduce the students to colloquial Levantine Arabic by enabling them to communicate in Levantine Arabic, the colloquial spoken in Syria, Lebanon, the Holy Land, and Western Jordan Prerequisite: First year Arabic and ARAB 0256/2256
ARAB 1010: Elementary Arabic
Credits: 4
Introduction to the sound and writing systems of Arabic, including basic sentence structure and morphological patterns. A combination of the direct, audio-lingual, proficiency-based, and translation methods is used. The format consists of classroom discussions of a certain grammatical point followed by intensive practice.
ARAB 1016: Intensive Introductory Arabic
Credits: 4
This intensive course begins with instruction in basic oral expression, listening comprehension, elementary reading and writing, and continues with further development of these four skills at the intermediate level. Part of the Summer Language Institute.
ARAB 1020: Elementary Arabic
Credits: 4
Introduction to the sound and writing systems of Arabic, including basic sentence structure and morphological patterns. A combination of the direct, audio-lingual, proficiency-based, and translation methods is used. The format consists of classroom discussions of a certain grammatical point followed by intensive practice. Prerequisite: ARAB 1010 or equivalent.
ARAB 1026: Intensive Introductory Arabic
Credits: 4
This intensive course begins with instruction in basic oral expression, listening comprehension, elementary reading and writing, and continues with further development of these four skills at the intermediate level. Part of the Summer Language Institute. Prerequisites: ARAB 1016 or equivalent.
ARAB 2010: Intermediate Arabic
Credits: 4
Continues training in modern standard Arabic, with emphasis on speaking, comprehension, writing, and reading. The method of teaching primarily follows the proficiency-based approach to language learning. Prerequisite: for ARAB 2010: ARAB 1020 or equivalent, or instructor permission; for ARAB 2020: ARAB 2010 or equivalent, or instructor permission.
ARAB 2016: Intensive Intermediate Arabic
Credits: 4
This intensive course begins with instruction in basic intermediate level expression, listening comprehension, reading and writing, and continues with further development of these four skills. Part of the Summer Language Institute. Prerequistes: ARAB 1016 & 1026 or equivalent.
ARAB 2020: Intermediate Arabic
Credits: 4
Continues training in modern standard Arabic, with emphasis on speaking, comprehension, writing, and reading. The method of teaching primarily follows the proficiency-based approach to language learning. Prerequisite: for ARAB 2010: ARAB 1020 or equivalent, or instructor permission; for ARAB 2020: ARAB 2010 or equivalent, or instructor permission.
ARAB 2026: Intensive Intermediate Arabic
Credits: 4
This intensive course begins with instruction in intermediate level oral expression, listening comprehension, reading and writing, and continues with further development of these four skills. Part of the Summer Language Institute. Prerequisites: ARAB 1016 , 1026 & 2016 or equivalent.
ARAB 2256: Introduction to Colloquial Arabic I
Credits: 1
This course intends to introduce students to a variety of colloquial Arabic by enabling them to communicate with native speakers in the region where this variety is spoken. The focus will be on vocabulary and expressions used in daily life. Prerequisite: ARAB 1010 and ARAB 1020, or instructor's permission.
ARAB 2266: Introduction to Colloquial Arabic II
Credits: 1
This course is a continuation of ARAB 2256. The course intends to introduce students to a variety of colloquial Arabic by enabling them to communicate with native speakers in the region where this variety is spoken. The focus will be on the vocabulary and expressions used in daily life. Prerequisite: ARAB 1010, ARAB 1020, and ARAB 2256. or instructor's permission
ARAB 3240: Advanced Arabic Conversation and Composition
Credits: 3
Develops oral and written proficiency to an advanced level of fluency, with emphasis on speaking and writing. Prerequisite: ARAB 3230 or equivalent, or instructor permission.
ARAB 4993: Independent Study in Arabic
Credits: 1–3
Independent Study in Arabic