Middle East Related Courses

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Fall 2019

Note: Course lists are provided as a courtesy to students and are not exhaustive. Please contact the relevant department for any questions about registration.  

Middle Eastern Studies

MESTU 198 001 / DEVP W297 001 - Directed Group Study for Upper Division Students - Global Health and Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa

Emily R Gottreich | Off Campus | Class #:24364 | Units:2

Conducted in cooperation with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and American University of Beirut (AUB), this project- and case- based virtual exchange course will offer students the unique opportunity to learn about issues surrounding global health and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa while participating in a meaningful cross-cultural exchange. Looking at a range of topics related to the subject, the course will be comprised primarily of expert lectures, case studies, and an interdisciplinary group project, in which UC Berkeley students team up with medical students at UCSF and public health graduate students at AUB.
Offered through Interdisciplinary Social Science Programs.

Global Studies

GLOBAL 154M 001 - Special Topics: Global Middle East  - The Gulf States and the Arab Spring: Vive La Revolution or Vive La Counter-Revolution

Peter A. Bartu | M, W  5:00 pm - 6:29 pm | Dwinelle 88 | Class #:24772 | Units:4

This course explores special topics, based on current research and interests and is focused on at least one global region. Using a social science perspective, students will engage in critical thinking about the way in which a particular region, or subset of a region, interacts with other states and societies.
Offered through Interdisciplinary Social Science Programs.

Near Eastern Studies

NESTUD 10 001 - Introduction to the Near East

John L Hayes | M, W, F  9:00 am - 9:59 am | Birge 50 | Class #:22889 | Units:4

The background and present status of the ethnic and religious groups in the Arab states, Turkey, Israel, and Iran.
American media portrays the Middle East as an area of many conflicts. To get to the roots of these conflicts, we will discuss the history, politics, and religions of the different people who live there. We will also read literature and watch videos by people living in the Middle East. On the first day of class, we will raise the question: Where is the Middle East?

NESTUD C26 001 - Introduction to Central Asia

Sanjyot Mehendale | TU, TH  11:00 am - 12:29 pm |  Wurster 102 | Class #:22875 | Units:3

This course will introduce the student not only to ancient and modern Central Asia, but also to the role played by the region in the shaping of the history of neighboring regions and regimes. The course will outline the history, languages, ethnicities, religions, and archaeology of the region and will acquaint the student with the historical foundations of some of the political, social and economic challenges for contemporary post-Soviet Central Asian republics.

NESTUD 146 001 - Islam

Asad Ahmed | TU, TH  9:30 am - 10:59 am | Moffitt Library 102 | Class #:30962 | Units:4

This course aims at introducing students to some of the most important features of the Islamic religious tradition. The main subjects of discussion include life of Muhammad, the Quran, Tradition, Law, Sufism, Theology, Philosophy, and Politics. The course will cover both medieval and modern Islam and will touch upon all major sects. In reference to the modern period, particular emphasis will fall on the relationship of medieval and modern interpretations and on the emergence of “political” and “liberal” Islam with reference to the history of the modern Middle East. Students will also be exposed to important theories and methods in the academic study of the discipline.

NESTUD 160 001 - Religions of Ancient Iran

Adam Benkato | TU, TH 12:30 pm - 1:59 pm | Valley Life Sciences 5053 | Class #:26285 | Units:3

Principally devoted to Zoroastrianism and Manicheanism but with some attention to Indo-Iranian origins, and relevance of Iranian religion for the history of Hellenistic Gnosticism, Judaism, and Islam. This course introduces students to the religions of pre-Islamic Iran, focusing primarily on Zoroastrianism. It will also explore other religions which arose or developed under the Sasanian Empire, including Manichaeism, eastern Christianity, rabbinic Judaism, and Mandaeism, while also examining the beginnings of Islam in Iran.

NESTUD 161 001 - Art and Culture of the Persian World

Soroor Ghanimati | TU, TH 2:00 pm - 3:29 pm | Wheeler 102 | Class #:33125 | Units:4

An introduction to the visual and material cultures of the Persianate world. Persian art has one of the richest artistic heritages in world history and includes a wide range of artistic development in architecture, sculpture, painting, weaving, pottery, calligraphy, and metalwork. This course will explore the arts in terms of their larger social, political, and cultural context in history. In addition to the Iranian plateau, the course may also cover other regions that are part of the Iranian cultural domain, which stretches from India, Afghanistan, Central Asia to Egypt, and the Mediterranean.
The emphasis of this course is placed on the period stretching from the 6th century BC to the 7th century AD, covering the development of art and architecture of the Iranian world at the time of the Persian Achaemenid (550 BC - 331 BC), the Parthian Arsacid (c. 250 BC - 224 AD), and the Persian Sasanian (224-650 AD) Empires.

NESTUD 190E 001 - Special Topics in Fields of Near Eastern Studies: Arabic - Introduction to Reel Arabs

Ahmad Diab | M  2:00 pm - 4:59 pm | Barrows 271 | Class #:26389 | Units:4

This course offers an introduction to the history of Arab cinema within the framework of film studies and communication theory. The course is organized around key themes such as desire under authoritarian rule, presence and absence in the colony, revolution though the looking glass, diasporic approaches to space, taboo memories, the borders of utopia/dystopia, the debt of a refugee, sci-fi and fantasy, authenticity and the limits of representation. Within a comparative framework, the course will consider these issues through a variety of filmic and theoretic texts including essays, critical articles, documentaries, fiction films, shorts and more. Films include: The Dupes, A Flood in Baath Country, The Time That Remains.

NESTUD 190I 001 - Special Topics in Fields of Near Eastern Studies: Iranian/Persian - Readings in Manichaean Texts

Adam Benkato | W  2:00 pm - 4:59 pm | Barrows 275 | Class #:26339 | Units:4

The course "Readings in Manichaean Texts" gives students an opportunity to read Manichaean primary sources from 3rd-8th century Iran and Central Asia. It will consist of learning Middle Persian and Parthian while reading sources directly from existing manuscripts in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the Manichaean religion and its history. Beneficial to students interested in pre-Islamic Iranian religions, Sasanian Iran, or even early Christianity. Concurrent or previous enrollment in NES 160 Religions of Ancient Iran is recommended.

NESTUD 298 001 - Seminar

Asad Ahmed | TH 12:30 pm - 3:29 pm | Barrows 272 | Class #:19215 | Units:1 to 4

Special topics in Near Eastern Studies. Topics vary and are announced at the beginning of each semester.

NESTUD 298 002 - Seminar: Viewing Persia in Modern Iranian Art and Architecture

Soroor Ghanimati | W 2:00 pm - 4:59 pm | Dwinelle 210 | Class #:33123 | Units:1 to 4

During the last few decades that has come after the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the Iranian arts, in general, have flourished and manifested itself in an extraordinary way in all mediums of art expressions.  In particular, a reassertion of pre-Islamic Persian arts, cultures, traditions and values has emerged which is now visible in the Iranian modern art and architecture, many of which have been added to the collection of the western museums. Thus, the exploration into these topics will constitute the core of this graduate seminar.  It is intended that we should identify and record some of these art forms as part of the history of the land of Iran.  In addition, it is hoped that other important topics should surface up in this course.  For example,  what does immigration mean for the Iranian people, and how it is manifested in the modern Iranian arts, if any, and how it is narrated in the non-Iranian lands and in Diaspora.


HISTORY 12 001 - The Middle East

Ussama Makdisi | TU, TH 11:00 am - 12:29 pm | GSPP 150 | Class #:26217 | Units:4

 This course will cover the history of the "Middle East" as a historical, geographic, political, and cultural category. It will be framed by the historical construction of the category in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, then reach back to the advent of Islam in the seventh century CE and forward to the present. Themes will include the Middle East in the Mediterranean world, religion and politics, interconfessional relationships and conflicts, and the changing relationships to Europe, Asia, and Africa over the centuries.

HISTORY 103M 002 - Proseminar: Problems in Interpretation in the Several Fields of History: Middle East - The Post Ottoman World

Christine Philliou | W  12:00 pm - 1:59 pm | Dwinelle 3205 | Class #:33349 | Units:4

The Ottoman Empire was established in the fourteenth century and included most of the eastern Mediterranean region, with territories beyond the Danube to the Nile and the Euphrates, until it ceased to exist in 1923. In its wake were established over twenty new successor states, making up predominantly what we now call the Balkans and the Middle East. With very few exceptions the Ottoman past was consciously suppressed and vilified in nation-states from Egypt and Greece to Turkey itself, once the center of the Empire. In this course we will focus on two sets of issues: one, the ways that imperial past persisted despite efforts to eradicate its remnants; and two, the common issues and dilemmas among seemingly unrelated states that were all once part of the Ottoman imperium. After discussing the conflicts and dilemmas of the final years of the Ottoman Empire, we will compare a series of groups, problems, and localities across the nineteenth- and twentieth-century Balkans and the Middle East, touching on Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and Greece.

HISTORY 177A 001 - Armenia: Armenia from Ethnogenesis to the Dark Ages

Stephan H Astourian |  TU, TH 11:00 am - 12:29 pm | Dwinelle 106 | Class #:31618 | Units:4

This survey course will cover close to three millennia of Armenian history, from the process of ethnogenesis to the almost complete destruction of the Armenian "feudal" system by the end of the fifteenth century. Much as this course is based on the broad framework of Armenian political history and institutions (kingship, nakharar system, the church, etc.), it also emphasizes economic development, social change, and cultural transformations. We will reflect upon a number of themes. For instance, how could a small nation survive whose homeland was located both at the crossroads of major invasions and population movements and along the fault planes of powerful empires? What did it mean to be Armenian in Antiquity or the Middle Ages? What impact did the adoption of Christianity by the Armenian state make on the fate of this nation? The more specific topics to be covered will include the following: the ethnic origins of the Armenian people; the subsequent formation of the Armenian nation; the Yervanduni, Artashesian, Arshakuni, and Bagratuni dynasties; the transformation of a tribal society into a particular kind of "feudal" society; the Christianization of Armenia and the development of an early medieval literate culture; Armenian historiography and self-perception; trade and cities; the Cilician kingdom; and the impact of Turkic, Mongol, and Turkoman invasions on Armenian social, political, and cultural life.

Jewish Studies

JEWISH 121A 001 / HISTORY 100M 001 / NESTUD 134 002 - Tel Aviv: A City from the Sands

Stephanie Shosh Rotem | TU, TH  2:00 pm - 3:29 pm | Cheit C110 | Class #:33303 | Units:4

This course examines trends in Jewish religious, cultural, and social life. The course features aspects of thought, ritual, and belief in relation to Jewish values in both America and abroad. The course will feature variable topics in Jewish history, literature, religion, culture, and the arts and is designed to enhance knowledge of the development and significance of the Jewish civilization.
This course will follow the history of Tel Aviv, the first Hebrew city, from its birth in 1909 as “a city from the sands," to its present position as a global metropolis. Tel Aviv, planned as a Garden City, quickly became the center of political and cultural activity in Eretz, Israel. We will study various aspects of the city’s life: architecture, urban planning, culture, politics and the arts. This examination will include the study of photography, art works and exhibitions, poetry and popular songs, performance, theatre, and film.

JEWISH 120 001 - Special Topics in Jewish Studies - Jewish Folktales Around the World: Past and Present, Self and Other

Sarah Levin | TU, TH 11:00 am - 12:29 pm | Cory 237 | Class #:22261 | Units:3

Through reading a “sampler platter” of Jewish folktales, proverbs, and jokes, we will explore diverse Jewish cultures throughout the world and across time. Our approach will be interdisciplinary, combining methodologies of history, literature, and anthropology. We’ll situate contemporary folklore in a long history of interplay between written texts and oral narratives, and between Jewish and non-Jewish traditions. Central issues include creativity and artistic expression, gender, individual and group identity and values, stereotypes, and ethics. Students will acquire theoretical tools with which to analyze folklore (Jewish or otherwise). Movies and guests supplement lecture and discussion. Interested students from all majors and backgrounds are welcome. Conducted in English with readings in English.

JEWISH 122 001 / NESTUD 134 001 - Topics in History and Cultures of Israel: Introduction to Jewish Mysticism

Tomer Persico | M, W 12:30 pm - 1:59 pm | Barrows 252 | Class #:26392 | Units:4

This course examines trends in Jewish religious, cultural, and social life. The course features aspects of thought, ritual, and belief in relation to Jewish values in both America and abroad. The course will feature variable topics in Jewish history, literature, religion, culture, and the arts and is designed to enhance knowledge of the development and significance of the Jewish civilization.
Beyond the esoteric names of the divine and the meditative practices used to draw Its graces lies the inner pulse of Jewish Mysticism. In this course we shall explore the Jewish mystical tradition, from the Bible, through the Second Temple literature, Kabbalah, Hasidism, and up to contemporary developments. Emphasizing mystical techniques, we will examine the practices through which Jews in different times sought direct connection with the divine.


ANTHRO R5B 004 - Reading and Composition in Anthropology: Legal Orientalism

Rosemary Joyce, Kristin M Sangren | M, W, F 10:00 am - 10:59 am | Wheeler 122 | Class #:33274 | Units:4

Reading and composition courses based on the anthropological literature. These courses provide an introduction to issues distinctive of anthropological texts and introduce students to distinctive forms of anthropological writing, such as ethnography and anthropological prehistory. Readings will be chosen from a variety of texts by authors whose works span the discipline, from bioanthropology to archaeology and sociocultural anthropology. Satisfies the second half of the Reading and Composition requirement.


SOCIOL 290 001 – Seminar: Contemporary Muslim Political Thought

Halil Yenigun | F 12:00 pm – 1:59 pm | Barrows 402 | Class #: 33840 | Units: 3

This course aims to provide a survey of contemporary Muslim political thought. It covers how the post-nineteenth century Muslim intellectual elite have discussed major social and political issues of their time, such as governance, leadership, and authority; religion, law, and politics; culture and civilization; gender, race, ethnicity, and nationalism; inter-religious relations; colonial and postcolonial condition; and finally inequality and class relations. It is designed as an inquiry on how some major thinkers from the Arab world to Iran and Southeast Asia, from Turkey to North America sought to interpret Islam's basic sources and Islamic intellectual legacy. Our readings include primary texts by Tahtawi, Tunisi, Afghani, Rida, Huda Sharawi, Qutb, Shariati, and Fatima Mernissi among other prominent figures. We will focus on some recurring indigenous or indigenized ideas in this body of thought such as decline (inhitat), civilization, ijtihad (Islamic independent reasoning), shura (deliberative decision-making), Muslim unity, khilafah (caliphate and vicegerency), and hakimiyyah (sovereignty). We will follow up with how those thinkers related them with other perennial or contemporary concepts such as freedom, equality, justice, rationality, democracy, secularism. We will discuss their significance for the current theoretical debates on intellectual history and sociology of knowledge, political ontology, philosophical anthropology, and comparative political and social thought.

Comparative Literature

COMLIT R1A 001 - English Composition in Connection with the Reading of World Literature: Reading the Wine-Dark Sea: The Literatures and Cultures of the Mediterranean

Keith H Budner | TU, TH  9:30 am - 10:59 am | Hildebrand B51 | Class #:24433 | Units:4

When the Greek poet Homer referred to the Mediterranean as a “wine-dark sea”, he left us with one of the first yet also most mysterious descriptions of this body of water. As the birthplace of ancient civilizations (Egypt, Greece, Rome) and faiths (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), the Mediterranean produced, and continues to produce, narratives of foundational cultural import. In this course we’ll consider how such narratives – from antiquity to the present day, in literature and in film – can be at once foundational yet also marked by perplexing instability, filled with characters whose identities are as fluid as the sea itself. As a waterway, the Mediterranean is host to travel (both real and imagined) through narratives of migration and exile, homecoming and escape. Across time the Mediterranean records such stories and histories, yet in such a way that the past lives on and reemerges in ways unexpected, even unwanted – through repressed memories, dream-visions, and hauntings. In triangulating between land, literature and culture, our course will explore how identities are both made and unmade in the spaces of geography and of narrative. We’ll consider themes of belonging and othering with an eye toward notions of culture that transcend, and transgress, national boundaries. And with our geographic point of departure, we’ll probe the very relationship between nature and culture, asking whether its possible to think of the Mediterranean not only as a network that connects various cultures but even as a single conjoined cultural unit.
Our texts and authors will draw from the following list: Homer’s Odyssey, the Hebrew Bible, Apuleius’ Golden Ass, Miguel de Cervantes, Freud’s Gradiva: a Pompeiian Fancy, short stories by Luigi Pirandello, Camus’ Stranger, Grazia Deledda, Amara Lakhous’ Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio, Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea.

History of Art

HISTART 21 001 - Beauty and Truth in Islamic Art

Anneka Lenssen | TU, TH  5:00 pm - 6:29 pm |  Moffitt Library 101 | Class #:31029 | Units:4

This course is an exercise in thinking about human perception and knowing in relation to the history of Islamic art and visual culture. It tracks the expression of theories of beauty and truth in great works of art and architecture, spanning from the seventh century CE to the present day, and including sites across the Middle East, Asia, North Africa, East Africa, Europe, and the United States. Equally, it aims to examine our own contemporary habits of assessing beauty and truth, and their fit (or lack thereof) when confronted with an amazing diversity of art, made in distinct historical conditions of belief, interpretation and education, patronage, production, circulation, gender and sexuality, displacement and migration, and more.


MUSIC 180 001 - Seminar in Ethnomusicology: Contemporary Music in Israel

Benjamin E Brinner | TU  12:30 pm - 3:29 pm |  Morrison 243 | Class #:24366 | Units:3

Different kinds of musical expression have long existed in Israel, augmented in recent decades by many new importations and local creations. Particularly intriguing are the many types of mixtures of differing musical resources from different places, social groups, and musical styles and the crossing of borders — social, cultural, and political — that play out in and through music.
Working with music videos, audio recordings, reviews, and publicity materials we will give our attention to several areas within this musical variety, learning about musical features, communities of performers and their audiences, messages and meanings conveyed, and histories in relation to Middle Eastern (Arab, Turkish, Greek, etc.), Euro-American, African, and Asian connections.

Legal Studies

LEGALST 190 006 - Seminar on Topics in Law and Society - Minority Rights: the Israeli Balance

 TU, TH  2:00 pm - 3:29 pm | Hearst Mining 310 | Class #:31375 | Units:4

In its declaration of independence, Israel declared itself as the fulfillment of the national aspirations of the Jewish people, and at the same time committed to maintaining full equality among all its citizens’ regardless of nationality. These potentially contradicting commitments have been at the center of Israeli political and legal discourse ever since. The course will present some of the choices made in Israeli policy, politics, and law as to the balance between the various competing right and interests’. The discussion will cover issues such as how its choices reflect on Israel as a democracy and comparison to different paths taken by other countries in similar circumstances.

Language Courses


ARABIC 1A – Elementary Arabic

Haitham S. Mohamed | M, TU, W, TH, F   8:00 am - 8:59 am | Dwinelle B3 | Class #:21060 | Units:5

Doaa Atamna | M, TU, W, TH, F   9:00 am - 9:59 am | Barrows 252 | Class #:21061 | Units:5

Amel By Belguith | M, TU, W, TH, F   10:00 am - 10:59 am | Dwinelle 33 | Class #:21062 | Units:5

M, TU, W, TH, F   11:00 am - 11:59 am | Dwinelle 33 | Class #:21063 | Units:5

Nathalie Khankan | M, TU, W, TH, F   1:00 pm - 1:59 pm | Dwinelle B37 | Class #:21054 | Units:5

Nathalie Khankan | M, TU, W, TH, F  2:00 pm - 2:59 pm | Dwinelle 263 | Class #:21056 | Units:5

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.

ARABIC 20A: Intermediate Arabic

Amel By Belguith | M, TU, W, TH, F  9:00 am - 9:59 am | Dwinelle 33 | Class #:21057 | Units:5

Hatem Ahmad Bazian | M, TU, W, TH, F  11:00 am - 11:59 am | Barrows 122 | Class #:21058 | Units:5

Elsa Elmahdy | M, TU, W, TH, F  2:00 pm - 2:59 pm | Dwinelle B37 | Class #:21059 | Units:5

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.

ARABIC 100A: Advanced Arabic

Haitham S. Mohamed | M, W, F  11:00 am - 11:59 am | Dwinelle B3 | Class #:21068 | Units:3

Elsa Elmahdy | M, W, F  1:00 pm - 1:59 pm | Dwinelle 33 | Class #:30996 | Units:3

Intensive reading and analysis of texts of different genres. Guest lectures, films, documentaries, oral presentations, research papers. Formal and informal styles of writing and correspondence. Extensive vocabulary building.

ARABIC 104B 001 - Classical Arabic Prose

Margaret Larkin | M, W 11:00 am - 12:29 pm | Barrows 252 | Class #:25571 | Units:3

This course is designed for students who wish to concentrate on Arabic of the classical periods of Arab and Islamic civilization. Reading and analysis of literary texts of various genres, including essays, biography, and travel literature.

ARABIC 115A 001 - Colloquial Arabic

Haitham S. Mohamed | M, TU, W, TH  10:00 am - 11:00 am | Dwinelle B3 | Class #:30997 | Units:4

This course introduces students to a standard colloquial Arabic and the cultures of the region in which it spoken. The colloquial will change based on availability.  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 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 colloquial.

ARABIC 298 001 - Seminar: Lan tatakallama lughati - The politics and practice of translation between Arabic and English

Ahmad Diab | W  2:00 pm - 4:59 pm |  Barrows 252 | Class #:32558 | Units:1 to 4

This seminar explores the politics and the practice of translation between Arabic and English. The scope of the seminar begins with early Nahda contributions to the field and ends in the present moment. The seminar will study selections from several published translations in a variety of genres (fiction, poetry, religious texts, memoirs, film subtitles etc.) In addition to critical engagement with translation theory, the assignments will include translation practice between the two languages. 2 years of Arabic or equivalent is required.


ARMENI 1A 001 - Introductory Armenian

Myrna A Douzjian | TU, TH  5:00 pm - 6:29 pm | Dwinelle 189 | Class #:21117 | Units:3

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.
Armenian 1A is for students with no or almost no knowledge of Armenian. It begins by covering the alphabet, after which it emphasizes basic reading, writing, speaking, listening, and translating skills.  The two literary standards of modern Armenian, Eastern and Western, are taught through parallel lessons. Students will gain an understanding of the commonalities and differences between the two standards, while choosing the one they wish to study.

ARMENI 101A 001 - Continuing Armenian

Myrna A Douzjian | TU, TH 12:30 pm - 1:59 pm |  Dwinelle 262 | Class #:21118 | Units:3

Armenian 101A is designed for students with a diverse range of language proficiencies, from second-year language learners to heritage speakers to those formally educated in the language. The course emphasizes reading and analyzing literature (fictional prose, drama, and poetry) as a means of language acquisition. Students will hone their language skills through discussions, written assignments, and a variety of creative group activities. While students choose whether they wish to write and speak in Eastern or Western Armenian, they also learn to navigate both literary standards with greater ease. 


HEBREW 1A 001 - Elementary Hebrew

Rutie Adler | M, TU, W, TH, F 10:00 am - 10:59 am | Barrows 252 | Class #:22019 | Units:5

Course is not repeatable for credit.

HEBREW 20A 001 - Intermediate Hebrew

Rutie Adler | TU, W, TH, 11:00 am - 11:59 am, M 11:00 am - 12:59 pm |  Barrows 275 | Class #:21982 | Units:5

Course is not repeatable for credit.

HEBREW 100A 001 - Advanced Hebrew

Rutie Adler | TU, TH 12:30 pm - 1:59 pm | Barrows 275 | Class #:22020 | Units:3

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.

HEBREW 104A 001 - Modern Hebrew Literature and Culture: The Legacy of the Song of Songs in Modern Hebrew Literature

Chana Kronfeld | M 2:00 pm - 4:59 pm | Barrows 252 | Class #:21983 | Units:3

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.

HEBREW 206 001 - Ancient and Modern Hebrew Literary Texts - Hebrew Intertextuality

Chana Kronfeld | W 2:00 pm - 4:59 pm | Barrows 271 | Class #:31450 | Units:3

Focus on biblical texts seen from a literary point of view, attempting to establish connections with later Hebrew literature.


PERSIAN 1A 001 - Elementary Modern Persian

Gholam-reza Ghahramani | M, TU, W, TH, F  10:00 am - 10:59 am | Barrows 271 | Class #:22986 | 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.

PERSIAN 11A 001 - Reading and Composition for Persian Speaking Students

Maryam Moeini Meybodi | M, TU, W, TH, F,  10:00 am - 10:59 am | Dwinelle 130 | Class #:23091 | 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.

PERSIAN 20A 001 - Intermediate Modern Persian

Gholam-reza Ghahramani | M, TU, W, TH, F 11:00 am - 11:59 am | Barrows 271 | Class #:22987 | Units:5

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.

PERSIAN 100A 001 - Advanced Persian

Fateme Montazeri | TU, TH 12:30 pm - 1:59 pm |  Barrows 252 | Class #:22988 | Units:3

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.

PERSIAN 103A 001 - Classical Persian Poetry

Shahwali Ahmadi | TU, TH 11:00 am - 12:29 pm | Barrows 252 | Class #:32749 | Units:3

Systematic study of poems belonging to all genres of classical Persian poetry, with consideration of questions of prosody, rhetoric, and style.

PERSIAN 298 001 - Seminar

Shahwali Ahmadi | TU  2:00 pm - 4:59 pm | Barrows 275 | Class #:32757 | Units:1 to 4

Special topics in Persian. Topics vary and are announced at the beginning of each semester.


TURKISH 1A 001 - Elementary Modern Turkish

Jason Rodriguez Vivrette | M, W 10:00 am - 10:59 am, TU, TH 9:30 am - 10:59 am | Barrows 275 | Class #:24050 | Units:5

Sequence begins Fall.

TURKISH 1A 002 - Elementary Modern Turkish

Jason Rodriguez Vivrette | M, W 11:00 am - 11:59 am, TU, TH 11:00 am - 12:29 pm | Barrows 8A | Class #:32583 | Units:5

Sequence begins Fall.

TURKISH 101A 001 - Readings in Modern Turkish

Jason Rodriguez Vivrette | TU, TH 2:00 pm - 3:29 pm | Dwinelle B33B | Class #:25577 | Units:3

Selected topics from modern Turkish literary works.

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