Spring 2019

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 21
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 21
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 Arabic Poetry
Instructor: Mohammad Abu Shuleh
Course Description:
This course aims to present the genre of Arabic poetry by introducing students to prominent Arab poets via selected examples of their poetry, read in Arabic. During the course, we will read selected poems from different parts of the Arab world and from different time periods and will learn about the major social, political, and aesthetic themes of Arabic poetry. 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 315
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   ASBELL SEM
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.
1230:MWF   DENNY 203
MEST 200-01 Modern Iran
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 315-02. This course examines Iran's history from 1500 to the present, with an emphasis on political and religious developments under the Safavid, Qajar and Pahlavi dynasties, and the Islamic Republic.
0930:MWF   DENNY 212
MEST 200-02 Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East
Instructor: B Ashton Nichols
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 321-02. The Middle East has become an increasingly important part of the world in the past half century. We will read numerous contemporary Middle Eastern poets and poems that have contributed to American views of the Mideast and will examine the Arab worlds view of these same images, ideas, and language. Our goal will be to see the world once called The Orient reflected, refracted, and reimagined more recently by Western and Eastern viewers. Along the way we will seek to understand how literary texts can help us to understand the complexities of culture. The course will also focus attention on critical approaches and literary methods and will help students develop more sophisticated research skills as they move toward the senior seminar year. Two essays, final exam.
1330:MR   KAUF 178
MEST 200-03 From Abraham to Al-Qaeda: Jews, Christians, and Muslims From Their Origins to the Present
Instructor: Peter Schadler
Course Description:
Cross-listed with RELG 260-02 and HIST 215-04. This course will survey relations between Christians, Muslims, and Jews from their origins up to the present day, with heavy attention to the premodern period, and to those areas under the political control of Muslims. We will, however, also consider the relations between these three in the modern period, and how the beliefs of these three groups have coincided and collided to generate specific tensions between them.
1330:TF   STERN 11
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. 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.
1500:TF   DENNY 104
MEST 260-01 Media & Politics in the Middle East & North Africa
Instructor: Edward Webb
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 260-01 and FMST 220-01. Together we will try to answer the questions: What roles do media technologies and practices (particularly new digital technologies) play in the politics of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries? How do states respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by changes in the communication ecosphere? We will study the development of mass media and its regulation in the MENA region. Students will collaborate to produce presentations for the class on particular problems in the role of media in politics and society, and will also complete individual critical and reflective works. The class will make extensive use of digital and social media, seeking to understand their political and social impact partly through first-hand experience.This course is cross-listed as POSC 260. Offered every two years.
1500:MR   DENNY 203
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.
1330:TF   DENNY 104
MEST 500-01 Israeli Policy Towards Palestinians Inside Israel
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
 
MEST 550-01 Women and Palestinian Resistance
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description: