Comparative investigation of a literary topic requiring the study of both Near Eastern and Western documents.
This course provides Global Studies majors with an introduction to the Middle East region, broadly defined. It takes an interdisciplinary approach, joining the fields of history, political science, anthropology, religious studies, economics, and Middle Eastern studies. Students will be introduced to major historical themes in the study of Middle Eastern societies that are relevant in understanding contemporary intellectual debates and the origins, nature, and trajectory of war and peace in the region. Focusing on the 20th century, the course explores how the modern Middle East evolved politically, socially, and economically into a region burdened by webs of power and influence.
This course will be a general survey of the history of the Ottoman Empire (1300-1922), out of which emerged the Modern Middle East and Balkans. Known in its heyday as the empire "of three continents and five seas," the Ottoman Empire was home to Christians, Muslims, and Jews, speakers of Arabic, Turkish, Greek, Slavic languages, Armenian, and Ladino. We will look at the ways this empire was similar to and different from its neighboring states in Europe as well as Asia, and at the multiple changes and transformations that allowed a single dynasty, that of Osman, to rule the Eastern Mediterranean for six centuries. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the land and peoples that became known as the "Middle East" in the 20th century.
This course is an advanced undergraduate seminar examining the history of the American encounter with the societies of the Middle East since the nineteenth century. It addresses topics including missionaries, anti-colonialism, Zionism, petroleum, development, Islamism, secular nationalism, cultural relations, anti-communism, and the “war on terror.” Students will read a range of primary and secondary sources in this subfield in order to prepare them to make their own, original contributions in the form of a substantial research paper.
The course is intended to give Jewish studies minors a general introduction to the field through a survey of religious and cultural expressions of Jews across time and geographies. No previous knowledge of Judaism or Jewish Studies is necessary.
This course will provide an overview of Israeli art and culture and its place within the international cultural world. We will examine museums, theatre, visual art, popular music, and cinema, as they reflect the multi-cultural and pluralistic Israeli society.
The course takes us far beyond contemporary tensions between Muslims and Jews, and deep into a more complicated history that spans the Mediterranean and beyond. We move through topics that include the earliest encounters between Muslims and Jews during the years of the rise of Islam; the historical impact and legacy of the dhimmi (the system of rights and restrictions that defined Jews’ status for centuries under Islamic rule); the culturally fruitful shared experience of Jews and Muslims in Medieval Spain and the Ottoman Empire; the effects of French, British, and Italian colonialism in the modern Middle East; and the important conflicts over Zionism and Arab nationalism during the past century.
This course will provide an introduction to constitutional law using Israel as a case study. Topics include: Constitutionalism and judicial review, state neutrality and self-determination, minority rights, state and religion, Human Rights Law, the concept of “defensive democracy" and ban of non-democratic political parties, legal aspects of the fight on terror, freedom of expression, equality and anti-discrimination, social rights, and constitutional limitations on privatization.
This course is the second of a two-semester senior honors program and culminates in the completion of a senior thesis. The thesis project begins with 102, which must be successfully completed before enrollment in H195. During this semester, an honors thesis of approximately 50-75 pages is completed under the direct supervision of the instructor of the Honors seminar program in International and Area Studies and a faculty member appropriate to the student's interest.
The ancient Near East (present-day Iran, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, and Turkey) is considered the cradle of civilization. Here in Mesopotamia and its neighboring regions, the first cities arose, writing was invented, armies forged the earliest empires, and complex religious beliefs were expressed in art and architecture. This course surveys the major archaeological sites and monuments from the earliest settlements to the conquest of the Near East by Alexander the Great in 330 BCE.
Women have been ignored or marginalized in much of past scholarship on ancient Egypt despite their highly visible presence in and importance to ancient Egyptian society. This course examines the roles of women and gender in ancient Egyptian society and belief systems. It reviews sources of evidence and interpretive frameworks for understanding the public and private roles of women and the definition of gender in ancient Egypt. It also places the women of ancient Egypt and ancient Egyptian gender constructions into comparative contexts with other ancient eastern Mediterranean and Near Eastern societies.
Today, much of the information we gather on any topic comes from Internet sources. Goal of this class is to increase students' skills in critically evaluating the scholarly value of information on the Ancient Near East that is to be found in web pages, e-journals, and online books. We will consider the goal and context of sources of information (:touristic, commercial, scholarly, religious, etc.) and how this influences and filters the information provided. Although the class will focus on Internet resources, we will not neglect to use the same critical eye when using print media. The class will feature a number of collaborative projects in which this critical attitude may be practiced.
This course focuses on poetry, short stories, novels, and the history of Middle Eastern women writers. The course will feature writings from women of diverse social and religious backgrounds and their distinct role in shaping the cultural history of Arabic poetry and literature. Texts may range from the pre-Islamic to the Medieval period as well as contemporary writings in both print and digital. Students will examine various literary methods developed over time by women writers seeking to defend and assert their rights for independence, education, and self-fulfillment. Examining their narratives from both historical and fictional sources will allow us to reflect on contemporary concerns regarding freedom, human rights, and equality.
Introduces students to major themes in modern Iranian literature and cinema. Short story readings and discussions provide an analytical framework for the screening of films covering diverse topics of significance in Iran today. All films have English subtitles; lectures and readings are in English. No prior knowledge of Iranian history or literature is required.
Ancient Egypt has fascinated visitors since antiquity to our modern imagination. From mummies, pyramids, to King Tut, and enchanting mythologies, these fanciful ideas have made their ways in into books, movies, cartoons, and music. This course will explore the way ancient Egypt has been “consumed” in the West, from the Napoleonic campaign to modern pop culture. We will study the impact that the discovery of ancient Egypt and its wonderful monuments and civilization has had on art, literature, music, and even a number of religious and spiritual movements in the West as well as in Middle Eastern and African cultures.
Topics explore themes and problems in the various fields of Near Eastern studies. They often reflect the research interests of the instructor and supplement regular curricular offerings. Specific descriptions of current offerings in this series are available through the department.
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Did you know that the Bible contains erotic love poetry? Or that sex workers play key roles in the narrative portions? How about that God had a wife? The Bible has been used as a normative text on issues of gender and sexuality, but it contains a complex and oftentimes problematic view on these topics. So what does the Bible really say? In this course we will read biblical text, focusing on the socio-historical contexts of the Bible’s authors. Together, we will reconstruct the Bible’s multiple views on issues such as God’s gender, sex work, love and relationships, and homosexuality and queerness.
The starry skies have captivated the human imagination since time immemorial. Gazing into the night sky, many have tried to scrutinize its nature and meaning, from the Babylonians of ancient Mesopotamia over three thousand years ago, to the Greeks a millennium later, to the Islamic, Medieval, and Renaissance astronomers, just to name a few. In this course, we will explore different perspectives raised by the questions posed to astronomy and the answers given by skywatchers throughout history, leading up to Galileo's invention of the telescope at the beginning of the seventeenth century. The advent of the telescope forever changed the science of astronomy, and with it, the perception of the cosmos itself. We will read and discuss primary sources in translation as well as secondary literature dealing with pre-modern astronomy. No prior knowledge of astronomy or ancient languages is required.
Special topics in Near Eastern Studies. Topics vary and are announced at the beginning of each semester.
A faculty member will oversee the group, offering guidance and making sure guidelines are followed. Students will manage the group's day-to-day operations. At least one week before each meeting a student will pre-circulate a draft of a chapter. During the meeting, students will give feedback on the draft. This feedback will be used to revise the chapter, which will be due at the end of the semester. The workshop is open to graduate students from other departments who are writing on topics associated with Near Eastern Studies.
This advanced seminar examines philological practice and its relationship with power, beginning with a close reading of Orientalism and proceeding to critical engagement with the key texts and methods of the related disciplines of NES, all while examining the discourses and critiques of knowledge production.
PREREQUISITES: PS124A (“War!”) is a prerequisite for this class.
This class begins with a historical overview of war in the region. The second part of the class introduces theories that complement and elaborate on theories from PS124A: arguments about the relationship between war and resources,religion, authoritarianism, civil military relations, territorial disputes, sovereignty, and power. In the third part of the course, we will explore current policy concerns related to conflict in the region: Nuclear proliferation, terrorism, the civil war in Syria, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, drone warfare, and the U.S. role in the region.
Halil I Yenigun | M | 4:00 pm - 5:59 pm | Barrows 402 | Class #32069 | Units: 3
Courses under this number involve pursuing graduate study in substantive sociological subfields. The courses presume familiarity with the fields of study. Consult departmental catalog for current descriptions.
This course emphasizes the functional usage of Arabic in the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Authentic audio, video, and reading materials are presented from the beginning, and students are encouraged to be creative with the language in and out of class.
This course is proficiency oriented. Authentic reading in modern standard and classical Arabic and the understanding and application of grammatical and stylistic rules are emphasized. Students deliver oral presentations and write academic papers in Arabic.
This course offers a literary examination of what has been termed by the media as the “Arab Spring.” It investigates its preludes, its events and in some cases its aftermath as narrated through literary and artistic texts. The course explores themes of representation, memory, political commitment, (collective/individual) identity, space and mimesis amongst others. It investigates these themes through various textual representations of the “Arab Spring” in the modern Arab imagination. The selected texts come from various genres and cover different periods in modern Arab literary history: short stories, essays, caricature, novels, poems, and films.
This course introduces students to Egyptian Colloquial Arabic and the cultures of the region in which it is spoken. The focus of the course is on speaking and listening, but also includes readings from printed materials. The course draws on various media including advertisements, theater, and film composed in colloquial style. This course will also expose students to literature composed in colloquial. Moreover, students will study the social stratification in the Egyptian society along with an analysis of the speech of each social level. Students use their knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic as a platform for learning to communicate in Egyptian colloquial.
An introduction to Armenian language and culture, aiming to give students basic competence in all four skills and an introduction to traditional and contemporary Armenian culture.
Selected readings in Armenian drawn from a wide range of texts—literature, history, journalism, politics, law, science and technology, business and economics, etc.—tailored to the academic interests of students enrolled. The course is designed to further develop students’ language skills and to link language competence to the study of the contemporary politics, culture, and society in Armenia and the Armenian diaspora.
This course covers selected works and topics in Armenian literature treated in a broad socio-cultural context. In addition to introducing students to some of the Armenian literary masterpieces, the course offers a lens through which to view the socio-political issues and historical legacies that shape Armenian culture and identity, in Armenia and in diaspora, in today’s globalized world. Lectures, readings and discussions in English. No knowledge of Armenian language is required (students with knowledge of Armenian read in the original).
Rutie Adler | M, TU, W, TH, F| 11:00 am - 11:59 am | Barrows 275 | Class #:19906 |
Advanced Hebrew, especially designed for those going on to the study of modern Hebrew literature. Vocabulary building, grammar review, and literary analysis of a sampling of modern texts.
A close reading of selected works of modern Hebrew fiction, poetry, and drama in their cultural and historical contexts. Topics vary from year to year and include literature and politics, eros and gender, memory and nationalism, Middle-Eastern and European aspects of Israeli literature and culture.
Topics explore special themes and problems in Hebrew language and literature. They often reflect the research interests of the instructor and supplement regular curricular offerings. Specific descriptions of current offerings are available through the department.
Focus on biblical texts seen from a literary point of view, attempting to establish connections with later Hebrew literature.
Historical and literary study of Hebrew and Aramaic Judaic texts (e.g., Talmud and Midrash).
Class #:20880 | Units:5
Introduction to Persian language, covering basics of the language skills in all aspects of reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking with emphasis on culture and communicative methods.
Dwinelle B37 | Class #:20881 | Units:5
Designed for heritage students who possess oral skills (speaking/comprehension, though limited) but need to improve their writing and reading abilities, and expand their knowledge of Persian grammar and syntax. Completion of 11A-11B will prepare the student to take Persian 20A, Intermediate Persian.
The sequence begins in the fall. This course emphasizes reading of simple literary texts, expository writing and composition, formal conversation, grammar, and syntax. It involves intensive vocabulary building in preparation for advanced reading and comprehension of standard literary texts.
Emphasis on intensive vocabulary building, comprehensive grammar review, reading and analysis of short literary texts of various genres from classical and modern periods, and reading newspaper clips and other original sources in Persian media.
Systematic study of poems belonging to all genres of classical Persian poetry, with consideration of questions of prosody, rhetoric, and style.
Advanced topics in Persian literature from various periods of Persian culture and literary history.
F | 3:00 pm - 4:29 pm | Barrows 252 | Class #:22575 | Units:1 to 4