Fall 2016

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   EASTC 406
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   EASTC 406
ARBI 360-01 Modern Arabic Literature
Instructor: Mohammad Abu Shuleh
Course Description:
This course focuses on Modern Arabic literature and culture, with the passages and materials taken from the following sources: short stories, short plays, modern poetry and passages on tradition and culture. The readings will employ a large number of new vocabulary words, which, along with new rules, sentence structures, and phrases, are designed to improve the linguistic level of each student. The course will emphasize the four main linguistic skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), in both in-class activities and in written homework.
1330:MR   DENNY 303
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.
1230:MWF   DENNY 211
MEST 259-01 Islam
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
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.
1130:MWF   DENNY 104
MEST 264-01 Politics, Society & Culture in Israel
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 264-01 and POSC 264-01. This course provides an overview of the major political, social, and cultural forces that have shaped, and continue to shape, modern Israel. It covers the origins of the Zionist movement, political leadership, foreign relations, parties, the electoral system and the Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab conflict more broadly. In society, it focuses on the major cleavages in Israeli society, civil society, consumerism, as well as the impact of the Holocaust and the role of the Israel Defense Forces. The cultural component centers largely on poetry, short stories and changes in popular music. The course is intended to add nuance and depth to the often one-dimensional portrayal of Israel in the media and provide students with the analytical tools to better understand events in the Middle East. This course is cross-listed as POSC 264 and JDST 264.
1330:TR   DENNY 21
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 203
MEST 490-01 US-Middle East Relations
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 404-01. This seminar will examine episodes in US-Middle East relations from the Barbary Wars to the war in Iraq in a framework of historical hostility between Christendom and Islamdom. In addition to the diplomatic aspect, topics will include American missionary activity, petroleum, and immigration from the Middle East to the United States.
1330:M   DENNY 204
MEST 550-01 Aramaic Christians
Instructor: Theodore Pulcini
Course Description:
 
MEST 550-02 The Role of Hip-Hop in the Arab Spring
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description: