Spring 2018

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ARBI 102-01 Elementary Arabic
Instructor: Magda Siekert
Course Description:
Continued introduction to MSA with more advanced development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through a greater degree of interaction in the classroom. Prerequisite: 101.
0830:MTWRF   DENNY 104
ARBI 102-02 Elementary Arabic
Instructor: Magda Siekert
Course Description:
Continued introduction to MSA with more advanced development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through a greater degree of interaction in the classroom. Prerequisite: 101.
0930:MTWRF   DENNY 104
ARBI 202-01 Intermediate Arabic
Instructor: Mohammad Abu Shuleh
Course Description:
Continued development of conversation and composition skills using current political and social events, stories, essays, and other materials as the topics for discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: 201. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.
0930:MTWRF   DENNY 315
ARBI 202-02 Intermediate Arabic
Instructor: Mohammad Abu Shuleh
Course Description:
Continued development of conversation and composition skills using current political and social events, stories, essays, and other materials as the topics for discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: 201. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.
1030:MTWRF   DENNY 315
ARBI 360-01 Religion and Culture in the Middle East
Instructor: Mohammad Abu Shuleh
Course Description:
This course seeks to improve students' overall Arabic skills through reading and listening to authentic texts and broadcasts in Arabic, and engaging in discussions of the content. More specifically, students will read texts and listen to broadcasts focusing on religious and cultural affairs as a means of both advancing their understanding of the content, and of improving their linguistic skills through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will read long passages, summarize them, and present their main ideas in class; listen to recordings and broadcasts, answer questions based on them, and share the answers in class; engage in group presentations, debates and role-play; and complete individual projects. Students will also develop the ability to narrate in major time frames, compare and contrast, and express an opinion.
1130:MWF   DENNY 315
ARBI 500-01 Media Arabic
Instructor: Mohammad Abu Shuleh
Course Description:
 
Courses Offered in HEBR
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HEBR 102-01 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.Prerequisite: 101 or the equivalent.
1030:MTWRF   EASTC 107
Courses Offered in MEST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
MEST 122-01 Middle East since 1750
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 122-01. Bureaucratic-military reforms of the 19th century in Egypt and the Ottoman Empire, European imperialism, regional nationalisms, contemporary autocratic regimes, and the politicization of religion.This course is cross-listed as HIST 122.
1130:MWF   DENNY 203
MEST 200-01 The Crusades
Instructor: Stephen Weinberger
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 213-01 and MEMS 200-03. While warfare has always played an important role in Western life, beginning in the latter part of the eleventh century, there emerged new ideas about the purpose of war, against whom it should properly be conducted, and its importance for those who engaged in it. Referred to as the crusades, these wars were presented as a moral and righteous struggle against the enemies of God. Indeed, as a holy undertaking, the crusades were not merely justified, but justifying and spiritually beneficial for those who participated in them. By reading primary sources from the four groups involved in the crusades Western Christians, Jews, Byzantine Greeks, and Moslems we shall address a number of questions about this phenomenon. What, if anything did the crusades achieve? Was the Church and Christianity improved or harmed by its involvement in the crusades? Does extreme idealism inevitably lead to extreme intolerance and fanaticism?
1030:TR   DENNY 21
MEST 200-02 Israeli Cinema
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 210-04 and JDST 216-01 and RELG 260-01.Additional time slot: Wednesday 7:00pm-10:00pm in Althouse 106 for film viewing.The course illuminates trends and processes in Israeli cultural history and in current Israeli society, as represented in Israeli films from the 1960s to present day Israel. Screenings of Israeli films are a central part of the course. Films from present day Israel, including the most recent, as well as from earlier decades, create the ideological and cultural universe that the course illuminates.
0900:TR   BOSLER 208
MEST 200-03 Politics of Oil, Arms, Peace & War: U.S./Russia/Middle East Relations in the 20th & 21st C
Instructor: Joseph McGinnis
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 290-04 and POSC 290-04 and RUSS 260-01. From the time of the First World War the United States and Russia have been drawn into the Middle East economically, militarily, and politically. This course will examine those forces and the origins and results of a 100-year relationship, at times cooperative, but for the most part, confrontational. Oil has been a dominant factor, but religion, competition for influence, historic ties, and 65-plus years of Arab-Israeli tensions are equally important. We will review the history and politics of the relationship, using case studies where appropriate, including the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, when the U.S. and the Soviet Union almost came to blows placing their respective nuclear forces on alert. Where possible, the course will draw on individuals with experience in the region to share their expertise and first-hand knowledge of major events such as the Middle East Peace Process.
1330:TF   BOSLER 208
MEST 200-04 Peace and Conflict in the Muslim Mediterranean World
Instructor: Peter Schadler
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 260-03.This course will survey relations between Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Pre-Modern period, specifically in areas under control by Muslims. In particular, we will focus on points of peace and conflict in Late Antiquity in the eastern Mediterranean and early Medieval Iberia, as well as important intellectual and cultural exchanges that took place among these three groups. There will be a strong emphasis on relations in the early history of these three groups interactions.
1130:MWF   EASTC 301
MEST 200-05 Heretics, Pagans, and Martyrs: The Formation of Religious Identities in Late Antiquity
Instructor: Peter Schadler
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 318-01.What is a Christian, a Muslim, or a Jew? This course will explore the concept of the 'other' in early Christianity, and how Christian identities were formed in dialogue with the surrounding pluralistic landscape. Attention will be paid to early definitions of heresy in the ancient world, and how these definitions were appropriated by theologians in the Latin and Greek world of Late Antiquity to suit their own needs. What kinds of movements were considered 'heresies', and why? How did Christians, Muslims and Jews understand who they were, and what made them different from others in the first eight centuries AD? We will begin briefly in the Ancient World, and proceed through the study of how Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Pagan groups characterized each other, ending after the rise of Islam. The formation of Christian identities, as well as the boundary lines created to preserve such identities, are central themes in this course.
1330:W   EASTC 102
MEST 200-06 Love, Sex & Hebrew Texts (In Translation)
Instructor: Nitsa Kann
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 216-02 and RELG 241-01.This course is a comprehensive study of masterpieces of Jewish Literature in translation about love and sex from different periods, origins, and genres. The literary survey includes: Biblical love stories, the concept of love and sexuality in Jewish mysticism, Midrash, i.e., homiletic stories, folk tales, literature of the Middle Ages, and modern Hebrew literature of the early 20th century to the present.
0930:MWF   EASTC 107
MEST 231-01 The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 371-01. A study of conflict through four phases: the early stages of the Zionist movement and its impact in Ottoman Palestine to 1917; Zionist immigration and settlement and Arab reaction during the Mandate period; the creation of Israel and its wars with the Arab states to 1973; and the rise of a Palestinian Arab nationalist movement and the challenges it poses to Arab states and Israel.This course is cross-listed as HIST 371.
1030:MWF   DENNY 204
MEST 233-01 U.S. Public Diplomacy in the Arab World
Instructor: Magda Siekert
Course Description:
This course introduces the students to the theory and practice of U.S. public diplomacy in the Arab world from a historical and a comparative perspective, looking at past challenges, successes and failures. The course examines the role of public diplomacy in the context of U.S. strategic interests in the region, U.S. efforts to promote democratic governance in the Arab world through the use of public diplomacy tools including traditional and new media, cultural exchanges, and educational programs. Students will debate whether public diplomacy should be integrated into the policy-making process, and how it could complement traditional diplomacy and advance political, military, and economic policies.
1330:T   DENNY 104
MEST 266-01 International Politics of the Middle East
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with INST 277-01 and POSC 277-01. This course examines key factors and events in the formation of the modern Middle East state system and evolving patterns of conflict and cooperation in the region. Students will apply a range of analytical approaches to issues such as the conflicts between Arabs and Israelis, Iraq's wars since 1980, and the changing place of the region in global politics and economics.This course is cross-listed as POSC 277 and INST 277.
1500:TF   DENNY 304
MEST 272-01 Islam and the West
Instructor: Erik Love
Course Description:
Cross-listed with SOCI 272-01. This course examines the contemporary relationship between the Islamic world and the Western world. In recent years, many interpretations of this relationship have developed, with some claiming a clash of civilizations is underway. The course critically engages the rapidly growing literature on this topic, while providing an introduction to the sociology of religion, an examination of so-called Western values and their Islamic counterparts, an analysis of key moments in recent history, and finally a survey of minority Muslim communities in the West.This course is cross-listed as SOCI 272. Offered every year.
1500:TR   EASTC 102
MEST 490-01 Religion and Politics in the Middle East
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 390-03. This seminar will study interactions of state, society, and religion in the Middle East and North Africa from different perspectives, including media and public culture, institutions, and individual versus group rights. Participants will examine questions such as state regulation of religious activity, the experiences of religious minorities, and religiously-inspired political parties and organizations in several countries to include Iran, Turkey, Israel, and one or more Arab states. Each participant will write a substantial research paper, as well as contributing to weekly discussion in class and online
1330:M   ALTHSE 07
MEST 500-01 Islamic Law in the Gulf
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
 
MEST 500-02 Civil Society-Government - Military Tension in Contemporary Israel
Instructor: Shalom Staub
Course Description:
 
MEST 500-03 Shia in the Persian Gulf
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description: