Fall 2018

This course introduces Islam as a global religion and world civilization, including study of the Qur'an, prophet Muhammad, ritual and community practices, metaphysics, mysticism, art, literature, and sacred and critical history.

Instructor: Alam, Sarwar
Schedule: T/TH, 2:00-3:15 PM

This course is designed to provide students with fundamental building blocks for understanding the contemporary Middle East/Islamic World. Students will be introduced to a variety of disciplinary approaches to the study of the geo-cultural region, including history, politics, arts and literature, religions and cultures, social geography, and economics.

Instructor: Alam, Sarwar
Schedule: M/W, 3:05-4:20 PM

Explores multiple aspects of Ancient Egyptian civilization including chronology, art, religion, literature and daily life. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

Instructor: Morey, Erika
Schedule: M/W/ 3:05-4:20 PM

An exploration of rituals, symbols, and rules that shape religious life. Religion is viewed broadly, considering activities that invoke powers beyond the reach of ordinary senses. Examining a variety of cultures, we explore what people say and do as they participate in activities such as magic, healing, pilgrimage, and contemporary religious movements.

Instructor: D'Alisera, JoAnn
Schedule: T/TH, 9:30-10:45 AM

Study of the peoples and cultures of the Middle East; ecology, ethnicity, economics, social organizations, gender, politics, religion, and patterns of social change. May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.

Instructor: Swedenburg, Ted
Schedule: T/TH 12:30-1:45 PM

Equivalent to 1003 and 1013. Stresses correct pronunciation, aural comprehension, and simple speaking ability. Basic grammar is taught inductively through oral and written skills.

Instructor: Haydar, Paula
Schedule: MWF 9:40-10:30 AM, T/TH 9:30-10:45 AM

Equivalent to 1003 and 1013. Stresses correct pronunciation, aural comprehension, and simple speaking ability. Basic grammar is taught inductively through oral and written skills.

Instructor: Haydar, Paula
Schedule: MWF 10:45–11:35 AM, T/TH 11:00-12:15 PM

Equivalent to 2013. Leads to greater oral comprehension and speaking ability and develops the more advanced reading and writing skills. Emphasizes morphology and syntax.

Instructor: Mahmoud, Rania
Schedule: M/W/F, 10:45-11:35 AM; Tu/Th, 11:00-12:15 PM

Leads to greater facility in the spoken language and continues to develop reading and writing skills. Continued emphasis on morphology and syntax. Prerequisite: ARAB 2016.

This course is cross-listed with ARAB 3016H.

Instructor: Haydar, Adnan
Schedule: MWF 9:40-10:30 AM, T/TH 9:30-10:45 AM

Development of advanced speaking and writing skills. Extensive reading and writing assignments and translating exercises from English into Arabic. Prerequisite: ARAB 4016.

Instructor: Haydar, Adnan
Schedule: MWF 10:45-11:35 AM

This course is a reexamination of medieval European literature and culture in relation to Arabic literature and culture and its diffusion to Europe through Spain, Sicily, and the Crusades. Cultural production by Arabic-speaking peoples (of various ethnicities and religions) casts an imprint on medieval and Renaissance Europe that is not always recognized in a Eurocentric curriculum.

Discover the medieval Muslim and Jewish populations of Spain and Italy, and the many points of medieval and early modern European contact (besides the Crusades) with Arabic-language cultures, that have been largely erased from your education. Sections of the course will look at literature pertaining to themes of love, afterlife, tale, romance and philosophy.

Instructor: Kahf, Mohja
Schedule: T/TH, 2:00-3:15 PM

Physical and cultural landscapes, natural and cultural resources, art and architecture, land use, political history, OPEC, and current problems of North Africa and the Middle East region west of Afghanistan are discussed. Class participation, discussions, slides and films, and student presentations will round out the class. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

Instructor: Paradise, Tom
Schedule: W, 6:00-8:50 PM

A survey of the foundation, evolution, and distinctive character of Islam, with attention to religion, literature, art, architecture, science, and political society. Particular attention given to the development of Islamic doctrines, sectarian movements, and systematic theology. Concludes with a look at Islamic resurgence movements and their place in the contemporary world.

Instructor: Antov, Nikolay
Schedule: T/TH, 3:30-4:45 PM

Examines the history of the Islamic Middle East from the rise of the Ottoman and Safavid Persian empires up to World War I and then concludes with the issues and patterns of 20th century Middle Eastern political and socio-economic life. Topics include Islam and politics, Arab nationalism, Western imperialism, the Arab-Zionist conflict, petroleum politics, and modernization vs. traditionalism.

Instructor: Basturk, Baris
Schedule: M/W/F, 9:40-10:30 AM

Historical topics in the history of the Middle East which are not usually presented in depth in regular courses. May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.

Instructor: Antov, Nikolay
Schedule: T/TH, 12:30-1:45 PM

This course covers the transformation of social and cultural roles of women in the Middle East since the 19th Century. Emphases include political emancipation, religious reformation, artistic representation, and gendered re-definition.

Instructor: Gordon, Joel
Schedule: W, 3:05-5:55 PM

Survey of the unity and diversity in the political development of the Middle East, as evident in historical legacies, state formation, civil society, social class, and political identity.

Instructor: Ghadbian, Najib
Schedule: M/W, 6:20-7:35 PM

Topics in political science not usually covered in other courses. May be repeated for degree credit.

This course introduces students to the complexities of women's political lives in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It does so by studying how gender roles, relations and identities are constructed, negotiated and experinced during political moments.

Instructor: Saeidi, Shirin
Schedule: T/TH, 2:00-3:15 PM

Compares contemporary Islamist political movements. Seeks to explain causes, debates, agendas, and strategies of Islamists in the political realm. Addresses sovereignty, the rule of law, visions of the good state and society, and relations between nationalism, religion and political development. Focus on Middle East with comparative reference to other cases.

Instructor: Ghadbian, Najib
Schedule: M, 6:00-8:30 PM

Spring 2018

This course is designed to provide students with fundamental building blocks for understanding the contemporary Middle East/Islamic World. Students will be introduced to a variety of disciplinary approaches to the study of the geo-cultural region, including history, politics, arts and literature, religions and cultures, social geography, and economics.

Instructor: Allen, Spencer
Schedule: T/TH, 12:30-1:45 PM

Explores the relationship between teachings, norms, customary practices and Muslim perception of Islam. Examines theoretical concepts and practices, such as war and peace, democracy, pluralism, modernity, human rights, environment, gender, Islamic law, nation-state, and citizenship in addition to the basic tenets of Islam.

Instructor: Alam, Sarwar
Schedule: Tu/Th, 2:00-3:15 PM

Focuses on the new testament and essential doctrines of the Christian faith, with special focus on the Middle East and North Africa, using historical contexts from which these doctrines developed, and the arguments made by different theological positions in both ancient and modern debates. Examines the experiential side of Christianity, emphasizing the worship and ritualistic observances of various ancient and modern communities in the region.

Instructor: Allen, Spencer
Schedule: Tu/Th, 3:30 - 4:45 PM

An interdepartmental colloquium with an annual change in subject required of all students in the Middle East studies program. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

Instructor: Allen, Spencer
Schedule: T, 6:00-8:30 PM

This course is cross-listed with GEOS410V.

An interdepartmental colloquium with an annual change in subject required of all students in the Middle East studies program. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

Examines the multiple cultural traditions of Spain between 711 and 1615 C.E. Course's integrated approach includes translation of literature originally in Arabic (50%+ of course content), Hebrew, Spanish, and French. All readings in English; students with reading abilities in original languages encouraged to read original text.

Instructor: Kahf, Mohja
Schedule: T/TH, 11:00-12:15 PM

This course is cross-listed with ENGL4713, WLIT3713, and WLIT6713.

Explores multiple aspects of Ancient Egyptian civilization including chronology, art, religion, literature and daily life. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

Instructor: Morey, Erika
Schedule: M/W, 3:05-4:20 PM

Covers a special topic or issue. May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.

Instructor: Swedenburg, Ted
Schedule: Tu/Th, 12:30-1:45 PM

Equivalent to 2013. Leads to greater oral comprehension and speaking ability and develops the more advanced reading and writing skills. Emphasizes morphology and syntax.

Instructor: Haydar, Adnan
Schedule: M/W/F, 9:40-10:30 AM; Tu/Th, 9:30-10:45 AM

Equivalent to 2013. Leads to greater oral comprehension and speaking ability and develops the more advanced reading and writing skills. Emphasizes morphology and syntax.

Instructor: Haydar, Paula
Schedule: M/W/F, 10:45-11:35 AM; Tu/Th, 11:00-12:15 PM

Continued development of speaking, comprehension, reading, writing. Reading assignments introduce a variety of styles ranging from classical to modern in both prose and verse.

Instructor: Mahmoud, Rania
Schedule: M/W/F, 9:40-10:30 AM; Tu/Th, 9:30-10:45 AM

May be offered in a topic not specifically covered by courses otherwise listed. May be repeated for degree credit.

Instructor: Haydar, Adnan

Study of the languages, literature, and civilization of the British Isles from approximately 500 to 1500 CE (including Old English, Middle English, Celtic, Anglo-Norman, and Scandinavian). Content varies. At least one major research paper will be required. May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.

Examines the multiple cultural traditions of Spain between 711 and 1615 C.E. Course's integrated approach includes translation of literature originally in Arabic (50%+ of course content), Hebrew, Spanish, and French. All readings in English; students with reading abilities in original languages encouraged to read original text.

Instructor: Kahf, Mohja
Schedule: T/TH, 11:00-12:15 PM

This course is cross-listed with MEST4003, WLIT3713, and WLIT6713.

Designed to meet the needs of students who wish to study one particular geographic topic in some detail. Prerequisite: Junior standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

Instructor: Allen, Spencer
Schedule: T, 6:00-8:30 PM

This course is cross-listed with MEST4003.

A survey of the foundation, evolution, and distinctive character of Islam, with attention to religion, literature, art, architecture, science, and political society. Particular attention given to the development of Islamic doctrines, sectarian movements, and systematic theology. Concludes with a look at Islamic resurgence movements and their place in the contemporary world.

Instructor: Basturk, Baris
Schedule: M/W/F, 10:45-11:35 AM

Treats a special topic or issue, offered as part of the honors program. Prerequisite: Honors candidacy (not restricted to candidacy in history). May be repeated for degree credit.

Instructor: Gordon, Joel
Schedule: T, 5:00-7:50 PM

This course is cross-listed with HIST7213.

Middle East since 1914 addresses European colonialism, the rise of new social elites, independence, revolution, globalization, economic self-determination, persistent regional conflicts and ongoing battles over "cultural authenticity".

Instructor: Gordon, Joel
Schedule: W, 3:05-5:55 PM

An examination of the historical development of the three great Islamic empires in the early modern period- the Ottomans, the Safavids of Iran, and the Mughals of India. Special attention given to imperial expansion, administrative structures, religious-legal establishment, and the formation of distinct traditions in political ideology, historiography, and the arts and sciences.

Instructor: Antov, Nikolay
Schedule: T/TH, 12:30-1:45 PM

Survey of the unity and diversity in the political development of the Middle East, as evident in historical legacies, state formation, civil society, social class, and political identity.

Instructor: Doody, Kathleen
Schedule: T/TH, 9:30-10:45 AM

Topics in political science not usually covered in other courses. May be repeated for degree credit.

What is gender? Are there any defining characteristics that distinguish it from women studies? Are there differences between western and non-western understandings of studying gender and women? Juxtaposing both western and non-western perspectives on gender and women, this course will survey the major theories, traditions and practices, and public policy issues of some selected countries of the Middle East. This course analyzes the dilemmas and difficulties of a modern state in implementing secular public policies, as well as the apparently antagonistic relationship between religious traditions and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in some selected countries in the Middle East.

Instructor: Alam, Sarwar
Schedule: T/TH, 12:30-1:45 PM

An analysis of geo-political and socio-economic characteristics of Middle Eastern societies and their impact on world economic and political order. Special attention to such issues as the Arab-Israeli conflict, the promotion of lasting peace in the region, impact of oil on world politics, the involvement of superpowers, rehabilitation of Palestinian refugees and the role of the United Nations.

Instructor: Ghadbian, Najib
Schedule: M/W, 3:05-4:20 PM

A course (not independent study) which covers a topic or author not usually presented in depth in regular courses. May be repeated for degree credit.

Instructor: Haydar, Paula
Schedule: Tu/Th, 12:30-1:45 PM

Examines the multiple cultural traditions of Spain between 711 and 1615 C.E. Course's integrated approach includes translation of literature originally in Arabic (50%+ of course content), Hebrew, Spanish, and French. All readings in English; students with reading abilities in original languages encouraged to read original text.

Instructor: Kahf, Mohja
Schedule: T/TH, 11:00-12:15 PM

This course is cross-listed with ENGL4713, MEST4003, and WLIT6713.