Fall 2017

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ARBI 101-01 Elementary Arabic
Instructor: Magda Siekert
Course Description:
An introduction to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Introduction to speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in the standard means of communication in the Arab world.
0830:MTWRF   DENNY 104
ARBI 101-02 Elementary Arabic
Instructor: Magda Siekert
Course Description:
An introduction to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Introduction to speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in the standard means of communication in the Arab world.
0930:MTWRF   DENNY 104
ARBI 201-01 Intermediate Arabic
Instructor: Mohammad Abu Shuleh
Course Description:
Introduction to conversation and composition building on the skills developed in 101 and 102. Prerequisite: 102.
0930:MTWRF   DENNY 315
ARBI 201-02 Intermediate Arabic
Instructor: Mohammad Abu Shuleh
Course Description:
Introduction to conversation and composition building on the skills developed in 101 and 102. Prerequisite: 102.
1030:MTWRF   DENNY 315
ARBI 360-01 Arabic Short Stories
Instructor: Mohammad Abu Shuleh
Course Description:
This course aims to present the genre of the Arabic short story by introducing students to prominent Arab authors via selected examples of their short stories, read in Arabic. During the course, we will read selected short stories from different parts of the Arab world and from different time periods, and will learn about the major social, political, and aesthetic themes of the Arabic short story. The readings will introduce students to a large number of new vocabulary words, as well as new rules, sentence structures, and phrases, thereby improving the linguistic level of each student. The course overall will emphasize the four main linguistic skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, through both in-class activities and written homework.
1130:MWF   DENNY 104
Courses Offered in HEBR
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HEBR 101-01 Elementary Modern Hebrew
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Introduction to the modern Hebrew language. Alphabet, phonics and grammatical structures. Emphasizes development of reading comprehension, composition and conversational skills.
0930:MTWRF   EASTC 107
HEBR 201-01 Intermediate Modern Hebrew
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Formal study of Hebrew language with emphasis on oral practice and writing skills. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.
1030:MTWRF   EASTC 107
Courses Offered in MEST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
MEST 121-01 Middle East to 1750
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 121-01. The rise of Islam, the development of Islamic civilization in medieval times and its decline relative to Europe in the early modern era, 1500-1750.This course is cross-listed as HIST 121.
1030:MWF   DENNY 203
MEST 200-01 Gender and Development
Instructor: Mesude Kongar
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ECON 314-01, INST 290-03 and WGSS 302-02.This course examines the gender dimensions of economic development and globalization from the perspective of feminist economics. This perspective implies foregrounding labor, broadly defined to include paid and unpaid work, and examining gender differences in work, access to resources, and wellbeing outcomes, and how these are affected by macroeconomic policies and how gender inequalities are relevant for societal wellbeing. Since the early 1980s economic globalization has been achieved on the basis of a common set of macroeconomic policies pursued in industrial and developing countries alike. These policies frame both the gender-differentiated impacts of policy and the initiatives that are implemented to reduce inequalities between men and women. The main objective of the course is to examine the impact of these policies on men and women in the global South (a.k.a. developing countries/Third World) on gender inequalities and to evaluate the policies/strategies for reducing gender inequalities and promoting the well-being of all people. The pursuit of these objectives will entail first a brief examination of the central tenets of feminist economics and an historical overview of the policy-oriented field of gender and development. Gender-differentiated statistics will be reviewed as they pertain to the topics under discussion.
1030:TR   ALTHSE 206
MEST 200-02 Italian Colonialism in the Greater Middle East
Instructor: Nicola Lucchi
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 320-02 and ITAL 323-01. This course focuses on Italian colonialism in Libya during the 20th century. We will explore this history of colonial violence and resistance through scholarly readings, Italian and Libyan works of literature, films, architecture, and material culture. We will address the legacy and representations of these events in contemporary Italian and Lybian society. The course is taught in English, with a FLIC discussion session in Italian for Italian Studies majors, Italian minors, and INBM majors using this course to satisfy major/minor requirements. The schedule of the FLIC session is indicative and subject to slight revisions at the start of the semester. Prerequisites: 231 if taken as Italian FLIC; none, if taking the English only portion. Offered on an as-needed basis.
1500:MR   BOSLER 213
MEST 259-01 Islam
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 259-01 and RELG 259-01. An introduction to Islamic beliefs and practices in their classical forms: rituals, law, mysticism, and other topics. The course will consider aspects of Islamic cultures and societies in medieval and modern times. This course is cross-listed as HIST 372 and RELG 259.
1500:TF   DENNY 203
MEST 550-01 Religion in Saudi Arabian Foreign Policy
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
 
MEST 550-02 Islamic Law
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description: