Fall 2019

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 21
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 21
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 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
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 108
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 108
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.
1500:MR   DENNY 203
MEST 200-01 Food and Energy in Israel and the United States
Instructor: Jennifer Halpin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FDST 250-01 and JDST 216-02 and SUST 200-02. This course aims to guide students in learning about issues and solutions pertaining to food and energy in the United States and Israel, from food production methods, sustainable agriculture innovations, and culinary traditions to technologies including solar electric, solar thermal, and low-tech biofuels. In addition to the main themes of food and energy, the class will provide students with an understanding of Israeli culture, history, and contemporary issues. During the fall semester, the class will be taught using lecture and hands-on learning formats, including field trips and student projects. A winter travel option is available to enrolled students during which time the class will assume an immersive format including hands-on work, guest lectures, and site visits. The proposed trip to Israel in January 2020 provides a culminating experience for students enrolled in the Food and Energy course scheduled for the 2019 fall semester.
1330:R   TOME 117
MEST 234-01 Middle Eastern American Communities
Instructor: Erik Love
Course Description:
Cross-listed with SOCI 234-01. This interdisciplinary course considers the history of Middle Eastern American communities, and the related development of "Islamophobia." We survey the history of the diverse immigrant communities that trace their heritage to a vast region of the world, the variously defined "Middle East." In the 1990s, Islamophobia emerged as a controversial concept after decades of discussion around Orientalism and anti-Arab racism. Today, some see Islamophobia as a catch-all concept for discrediting necessary anti-terrorism measures like profiling, surveillance, and wiretaps. Others see Islamophobia as fitting into a pattern of racialized scapegoating, where people experience violence and discrimination. Topics for discussion include ethnic group and identity formation, the "war on terror," connections between domestic and international US policy, and civil rights advocacy.This course is cross-listed as SOCI 234. Offered every two years.
1330:TF   DENNY 104
MEST 259-01 Islam
Instructor: David Commins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 259-01, RELG 259-01 and MEMS 200-03.. 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.
1030:TR   DENNY 211
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.
1330:TF   DENNY 311