Fall 2018

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 Current Issues in Arab Media
Instructor: Mohammad Abu Shuleh
Course Description:
This course will focus on the development of Arabic skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Modern Standard Arabic. The course objective is to acquire greater proficiency and overall communication skills in accordance with the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Students will broaden their vocabulary, enhance their grammatical knowledge and enrich their cultural understanding through study of authentic language materials about current issues in Arab media. Topics include politics, economics, business, and sports. The class will include both written reports and oral presentations in Arabic.
1130:MWF   DENNY 315
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   ASBELL SEM
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   ASBELL SEM
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.
1230:MWF   DENNY 212
MEST 200-01 U.S. - Middle East Relations
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 215-01 and INST 290-01. This course examines the history of US-Middle East relations from the Barbary Wars to the present. Topics will include American travel and missionary activity in the Holy Land during the 1800s; the American role in post-World War I diplomacy affecting the Middle East; rivalry with the Soviet Union; Arab-Israeli diplomacy; petroleum policy; anti-American terrorism; and military interventions.
1500:TF   DENNY 203
MEST 200-02 Modern N. Africa from French Invasion to Arab Spring
Instructor: Burleigh Hendrickson, David Commins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-01 and HIST 215-03. In spite of its unique geographic position as a trade hub and a bridge between the cultures of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, North Africa (the Maghreb) has long been overlooked in narratives of world history. From the establishment of French colonialism to the Arab Spring, the centralization of power and the power of revolt have played critical roles in defining the cultures, politics, and histories of the modern Maghreb. Using authority and resistance as organizing themes, this course explores the complex issues of multiculturalism, nationalism, and state-society relations in this dynamic region.
0900:TR   STERN 103
MEST 200-03 From Diaspora to Empire: Italian Colonialism in the Greater Middle East
Instructor: Tullio Pagano
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ITAL 323-01. In this class, we will study how various Italian governments after the unification tried to create a "greater Italy" by colonizing vast portions of East Africa and Libya. Which rhetorical strategies were used to convince Italian citizens, many of whom were emigrating to the Americas to escape poverty, to espouse this imperialist ideology? How did Mussolini manage to create an empire in the 1930s? How did African governments and citizens of African descent living in US and elsewhere respond to Italy's imperialism? Finally, what were the consequences of Italian colonialism? To answer these questions, we will read historical and fictional works and screen movies and documentaries authored by both European and African authors. The class will be taught in English and all the materials will be available in English as well. Advanced students of Italian may take this class as a Foreign Language integrated Class (FLIC), and do some of the coursework in Italian.
1500:MR   BOSLER 213
MEST 259-01 Islam
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 259-01, HIST 259-01 and MEMS 200-10. 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.
1130:MWF   DENNY 104
MEST 262-01 Zionism: Ideology, Institutions, Cultures & Contestations
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 290-02 and JDST 262-01. This course aims to provide students with a multi-dimensional understanding of Zionism as a political ideology that found its expression in the creation of a state, the establishment of a particular set of economic and cultural institutions as well as in the creation of new conceptions of land, space, and group interaction. At once a future-oriented revolutionary ideology and revivalist movement based on the idea of returning to an ancient homeland, the significance of Zionism in 20th and 21st centuries cannot be understated. Zionism (or rather, Zionists), produced a state Israel whose foundation has roiled politics in the Middle East until today. This course will look at the particular historical circumstances that gave rise to Zionism in the late 19th century, Zionist institutions, political culture and dominant historical narratives. The course will conclude with a detailed examination of more contemporary critics of Zionism both from within Israel and outside of it.This course is cross-listed as POSC 290 and JDST 262.
1030:TR   DENNY 311