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DVDs Available at the Library - Spoken Arabic
These DVDs are available at the Library Service Desk on the 2nd floor.
Faculty may check out DVDs.
Students may borrow DVDs to watch on library computers.
Introduction to Spoken Standard Arabic, Parts 1 & 2 [Books and DVDs]
Call Number: PJ6308 .A234 2011, parts 1-2 - [Books on shelf, 2nd floor Reference; DVDs at the Library Service Desk]
Guides beginning students through conversations such as introductions, describing people and places, and discussing typical daily activities. Assumes basic knowledge of Arabic alphabet and familiarity with elementary-level vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure. Emphasizes the oral/aural aspects of the language, while offering a review of reading, writing, and grammar.
Cultural and Historical Videos - Watch Online
These films require the use of your SHSU username and password.
Arabs: A Living History
"Comprised of ten 50-minute essays each written and narrated by a prominent Arab intellectual, The Arabs: A Living History explores the many facets of Arab culture and history. The essayists/narrators depend on their personal experiences as well as interviews and historical footage to expose many of the pressing questions facing their world. A powerful and elegant introduction to the Arab world" (from publisher website)
A Short Summer in Gaza
"The precarious hopes and daily struggles of Gaza strip residents are documented in this compelling program, which focuses on the 2003 summer ceasefire—a chapter of Israeli-Palestinian history filled with American ambivalence, disappointing prisoner releases, and the eventual disintegration of the ceasefire itself. ... (Portions in Arabic with English subtitles, 50 minutes)"
Syrian School: Mirror of a Changing Society
2-part series, 59-60 minutes each. "This two-part series signals a growing openness within the Arab world as it examines an educational system in the throes of modernization. Stories focusing on students and their school administrators give a human face to places of learning that are striving to reconcile tradition with progress, religion with secularism, and antiquity with modernity."
When the World Spoke Arabic: The Golden Age of Arab Civilization
12-part series, each part about 30 mins. "Documents the remarkable history and the most significant cultural, scientific, and technical achievements of the Arab empire, which came to prominence between the 7th and 13th centuries."
DVDs Available at the Library - Films
All DVDs are in the Music Listening Room on the 1st floor.
Faculty may check out DVDs for use outside the library.
Students may watch DVDs in the Library's Music Listening Room but cannot check out the DVDs for outside use.
Where Do We Go Now? [DVD] / Et maintenant, on va où? = W halla' la wayn
Call Number: PN1997.2 .W44 2012
A group of Lebanese women try to ease religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village.
A New Day in Old Sana'a [DVD]
Call Number: PN1997.2 .N49 2007
"[H]andsome young Tariq is about to marry Bilquis, eldest daughter of a prominent and powerful judge. But as he wanders the ancient city of Sana'a late one night, he spots a beautiful young woman dancing in the street and falls madly in love with her. Before long, the young groom must choose between following his heart and protecting his family's honor." (from container). Cast: Nabil Saber, Dania Hammoud, Paolo Romano, Sahar Alasbahi, Redha Khoder, Najla Atef, Amal Ismail, Yahia Ibrahim.
The Yacoubian Building [DVD]
Call Number: PN1997.2 .Y336 2007
"An eye-catching construction, the Yacoubian building in Cairo was long regarded as the last word in comfort and elegance. Nowadays the veneer has cracked and the shine has dulled to reveal the truth underneath the façade. Through interwoven stories of a number of the residents, the film paints a portrait of corruption, fundamentalism, prostitution, homosexuality, and drugs in central Cairo and creates a vibrant but socially critical picture of contemporary Egypt" (from container). Cast: Adel Imam, Nour El Sherif, Yosra.
The Lemon Tree [DVD]
Call Number: PN1997.2 .L466 2009
A drama based on the true story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemon tree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down. Cast: Hiam Abbass, Ali Suliman, Rona Lipaz-Michael.
The Message [DVD]
Call Number: PN1997.2 .M477344 2005
The dramatic story of Mohammed, the prophet who founded Islam. Cast: Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara, Johnny Sekka, Michael Forest.
Nazrah: A Muslim Woman's Perspective [DVD]
Call Number: BP173.4 .N39 2003
A diverse group of Muslim women living in the Pacific Northwest discuss their views on Islam, Islam's image in the popular culture, and their feelings about women in Islamic culture.
Paradise Now [DVD]
Call Number: PN1995.9 .N33 P3733574 2006
Two Palestinian men are recruited to take part in a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. Cast: Kais Nashef, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Amer Hlehel, Hiam Abbass, Ashraf Barhoum.
Caramel / Sukkar ban¯at [DVD]
Call Number: PN1997.2 .C3728 2008
A Beirut beauty salon becomes a treasured meeting place for several generations of women from various walks of life to talk, seek advice and confide in one another. Cast: Nadine Labaki, Yasmine al Masri, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisèle Aouad, Adel Karam, Siham Haddad, Aziza Semaan, Fatme Safa.
Call Number: PN1995.9 .Y6 W33 2013
Wadjda, a fun-loving 10-year-old girl living in Saudi Arabia, has her heart set on a beautiful new bicycle. However, her mother won't allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. Determined to turn her dreams into reality and buy the bike on her own, Wadjda uncovers the contradictions and opportunities ingrained in her world. Hilarious, heartbreaking and inspiring all at once, this groundbreaking film has charmed critics and audiences all over the globe.
The Attack [DVD]
Call Number: PN1997.2 .A88 2012
"Amin Jaafari ..., an Israeli Palestinian surgeon, fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society, has a loving wife, an exemplary career, and many Jewish friends. But his picture-perfect life is turned upside down when a suicide bombing leaves nineteen dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife, who also died in the explosion, was responsible. Convinced of her innocence, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland and searches for the truth about her life and death, uncovering a startling secret"
Call Number: PN1997.2 .O437 2014
Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. When Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he falls into a cat-and-mouse game with the military police. Suspicion and betrayal jeopardize his longtime trust with his childhood friends, but it's soon evident that everything he does is for his love of Nadia.