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Course descriptions of ME/SA courses. To see extended descriptions of current courses, see the Current Courses page.

Note: ** Courses that can be petitioned for ME/SA Major or Minor.

Anthropology

142. Peoples of the Middle East (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite:course 2. Peoples of the Middle East (including North Africa). Discussions of class relations, kinship organization, sex/gender systems, religious beliefs and behavior, ethnic relations, political systems. Impact of world systems, political and religious movements and social change. (Former course 136.)

GE credit: SocSci, Div, Wrt.  Suad Joseph      

145. Performance, Embodiment, and Space in South Asia (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 2 or consent of instructor. South Asian cultures and societies with a focus on performance, embodiment, and space from several disciplinary fields. Topics may include colonialism, nationalism, religious traditions, media, popular culture, cities, social movements, modernity, body-cultures, identity, gender, and diasporas. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt.—III. Smriti Srinivas

**124. Religion in Society and Culture (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 2. Discussion of anthropological theories of religion with emphasis on non-literate societies. Surveyof shamanism, magic and witchcraft, ritual and symbols, and religious movements. Extensive discussionof ethnographic examples and analysis of social functions of religious institutions. GE credit:SocSci, Div, Wrt.—Srinivas

ARABIC

 1.Elementary Arabic

Introduction to basic Arabic. Interactive and integrated presentation of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, including the alphabet and basic syntax. Focus on standard Arabic with basic skills in spoken Egyptian and/or one other colloquial dialect. Shayma Hassouna

 2. Elementary Arabic 2 (5)

Lecture/discussion—5 hours. Prerequisite: course 1 or with instructor's consent after student takes all components of the course 1 final exam. Continues introduction to basic Arabic from course 1. Interactive and integrated presentation of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, including syntax. Focus on standard Arabic and limited use of spoken Egyptian and/or one other colloquial dialect. S. Hassouna

 3. Elementary Arabic 3 (5)

Lecture/discussion—5 hours. Prerequisite: course 1 and 2 or with consent of instructor after taking all components of the final exam for course 1 and 2. Continues introduction to basic Arabic from courses 1 and 2. Interactive and integrated presentation of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, including syntax. Focus on standard Arabic with limited use of spoken Egyptina and /or one other colloquial dialect.  Shayma Hassouna

 21. Intermediate Arabic 21 (5)

Lecture/discussion—5 hours. Prerequisite: course 1,2, 3 or with consent of instructor after taking allparts of course 3 final exam. Builds on courses 1, 2, and 3. Interactive and integrated presentation of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, including idiomatic expression. Focus on standard Arabic with limited use of Egyptian and/or one other colloquial dialect.  Shayma Hassouna

 22. Intermediate Arabic 22 (5)

Lecture/discussion—5 hours. Prerequisite: course 21 or with consent of instructor after taking all parts of course final 21 exam. Continues from course 21. Interactive and integrated presentation of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, including idiomatic expression. Focus on standard Arabic with limited use of Egyptian and/or one other colloquial dialect.   Shayma Hassouna

 23. Intermediate Arabic 23 (5)

Lecture/discussion—5 hours. Prerequisite: course 22 or with consent of instructor after completing all parts of the final exams for courses 21 and 22. Continues from courses 21 and 22. Interactive and integrated presentation of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, including idiomatic expression. Focus on standard Arabic with limited use of Egyptian and/or one other colloquial dialect. Shayma Hassouna

 **121 Advance Arabic (4)

Lecture /discussion – 3 hours Prerequisite: course 23 or permission of instructor.  Further development of advanced skills in reading, listening, writing, and speaking standard Arabic through work with texts, video, and audio on cultural and social issues. Limited use of one colloquialdialect.—II. (II.) Radwan

 **122. Advanced Arabic (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 121 or permission of instructor. Continuation of course 121. Further development of advanced skills in reading, listening, writing, and speaking standard Arabic through work with texts, video, and audio on cultural and social issues. Limited use of one colloquialdialect.—II. (II.) Radwan

 **123. Advanced Arabic (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 122 or permission of instructor. Continuation of course 122. Further development of advanced skills in reading, listening, writing, and speaking standard Arabic through work with texts, video, and audio on cultural and social issues. Limited use of one colloquial dialect.—III. (III.) Radwan

ART HISTORY

**1E. Islamic Art and Architecture

This course introduces the art, architecture and urbanism of societies where Muslims were dominant or where they formed significant minorities from the 7th through the 20th centuries CE. It examines the form and function of architectural settings and works of art; attributed to art by users. The course follows a chronological order, where selected visual materials are treated along chosen themes. Themes included the creation of a distinctive visual culture in the emerging Islamic polity; the development of urban institutions; key architectural types such as mosques, madras (college of law), caravanserai, dervish lodge; the arts of the illustrated book; courtly art objects; self-representation; cultural interconnections along trade pilgrimage routes; westernization and modernization in art and architecture.  Heghnar Watenpaugh

155. The Islamic City (4)

The Islamic city is a fundamental concept in the study of the visual culture of the Muslim world. This course explores the development of Islamic visual culture through the prism of architecture and urbanism. The goal of the course is to provide the student with a comparative historical understanding of the development of cities in this region, and to gain a sense of the debates and directions of the current historiography. The course emphasizes selected themes: urban design and aesthetics, architectural form of civic institution, representations of power in art, architectural responses to the social construction of difference, including gender, ethnicity, race and religion, and visual objects related to spaces of sociability (taverns, coffeehouses, places of entertainment). Additional issues include mapping, the representation of cities, and their image ability. The course   will cover the period of the formation of Islamic society (7th c) to the modern era, with particular emphasis on the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. Heghnar Watenpaugh

**156. The Art of the Islamic Book (4)

Critical study of the development of the arts of the luxury book in the Islamic world. Includes themes such as the question of representation in Islam, the relationship of word and image, the discipline of calligraphy, ideas about beauty, representational strategies in Persianate painting, the development of art histories and of connoisseurship in Islamic societies. The course also considers the reception of Islamic books in the modern world-how they were collected, studied and displayed in museums and private collections in the last two hundred years.  Heghnar Watenpaugh

ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES

150F. South Asian American History, Culture, and Politics (4)

This course focuses on the histories, politics, and cultural production of South Asian Americans from the arrival of the earliest immigrants to the U.S. from the subcontinent and the Punjabi labor migration to the post-1965 influx of South Asians and the impact of 9/11. The aim of the course is to explore how the concept of “South Asian-ness” is defined, produced, and challenged in the U.S. at different moments.  The course focuses on key themes that are central to understanding “South Asian America” as a dynamic, not a fixed, concept, such as: diaspora, citizenship, labor, authenticity, community, racialization, Orientalism, youth culture, and popular culture. Sunaina Maira               

 189E. Asian/Arab American Studies Intersections: Youth, Globalization, Citizenship (4)

This course offers a comparative examination of two communities that are linked by shared histories of colonialism, immigration, and radicalization in Asia, the Middle East, and the U.S. Particularly after 9/11, South Asian Americans and Arab Americans have shared similar experiences of racial profiling and cultural citizenship in the War on Terror that echo earlier experiences of Japanese Americans interned during World War II, as well as the profiling of civil war and anti-war activists and the ongoing targeting of immigrants. The course will focus on themes of youth, citizenship, and globalization at the intersection of Asian and Arab American Studies. It explores issues of citizenship, displacement, transnationalism, ethnic identity, religion, gender, generation, and interracial affiliations as they play out for Asian and ArabAmerican youth and in youth culture.  Sunaina Maira

CLASSICS

1. The Ancient Near East and Early Greece:

3000-500 B.C.E. (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Introduction to the literature,art, and social and political institutions of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Palestine, and early Greece from 3000 to 500 B.C.E. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt.—(II.) Bulman

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

**6. Myths and Legends (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Introduction to the comparative study of myths and legends, excluding those of Greece and Rome, with readings from Near Eastern, Teutonic, Celtic, Indian, Japanese,Chinese, African and Central American literarysources. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.—I, II. (I, II.)Schein, McLean, Venkatesan

 53B. Literature of India and Southeast Asia (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Introduction to representative masterpieces of South Asia with readings from such works as the Mahabharata and Ramayana, The Cloud Messenger, Shakuntala, The Little Clay Cart, and the stories and poems of both ancient and modern India and Southeast Asia. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt. Venkatesan

 53C. Literatures of the Islamic World (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Introduction to classical Islamic culture through translations of literature primarily from Arabic and Persian, as well as other languages. Topics include the concept of the self, society and power, spirituality, the natural world, the cosmos, and the supernatural. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.  Jocelyn Sharlet

**148. Mystical Literatures of South Asia and the Middle East (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Exploration of the comparative mystical literatures of major religious traditions, with a focus on those produced in South Asia and the Middle East, although including other traditions. Offered in alternate years. GE Credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.—I. Venkatesan

 

**155. Classical Literature of the Islamic World 600-1800 (4)

This course will deal with major classical texts of the Islamic world in the context of the diverse cultural influences in the Islamic world. Lectures and discussion will address historical context, especially the politics of patronage and the role of literature in social life. Analysis will focus on three groups of genres and their articulation of diverse perspectives on normative ethics. First, the course will emphasize the intersection of epic, romance, the fairy tale, and mystical narrative, as well as the function of the framed tale. Second, analysis will also explore the relationships among love, pleasure, politics, and religion in different genres of lyric poetry, including the role of poetry in pre-Islamic Arabia, and in medieval anthologies and primarily narrative texts. Third, the course will examine the use of proverbs, exemplary tales, serious and comic anecdotes, and short essays in ethical, mystical, and political discourse.  Jocelyn Sharlet

**156. The Ramayana (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Exploration of the Indian epic, Ramayana, through the lens of literature, performance, and visual art. Emphasis on the text's diversity and its contemporary global relevance. Topics include Ramayanas in Southeast Asia, and in various South Asian diaspora communities. Offered in alternate years. GE Credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.—(II.) Venkatesan

166. Literatures of the Modern Middle East(4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Study of major translated works in modern Middle East literature, including Turkish, Arabian, Palestinian-Arab, Israeli, and Persian contemporary writings. Discussion of social and historical formation, and special attention given to dissident and minority writers. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.  Jocelyn Sharlet

HEBREW

1. Elementary Hebrew (5)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours; laboratory—1 hour. Speaking, listening, comprehension, reading and writing fundamentals of modern Hebrew. (Students who have successfully completed, with a C- or better, Hebrew 2 or 3 in the 10th or higher grade in high school may receive unit credit for this course on a P/ NP grading basis only. Although a passing grade will be charged to the student’s P/NP option, no petition is required. All other students will receive a letter grade unless a P/NP petition is filed.)—I. (I.)

2. Elementary Hebrew (5)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours; laboratory—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 1 or the equivalent. Speaking, listening, comprehension, reading and writing fundamentals of modern Hebrew.—II. (II.)   

3. Elementary Hebrew (5)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours; laboratory—1 hour Prerequisite: course 2 or the equivalent. Speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing fundamentals of modern Hebrew.—III. (III.)

21. Intermediate Mod Hebrew I (5)

Lecture/discussion—5 hours. Prerequisite: course 3 or consent of instructor. Development and refinement of grammar, composition, and language skills required for reading literary texts and conversing about contemporary topics at an advanced level. History of the Hebrew language. Not open to students who have taken courses 100 or 100A.—I. (I.)

22. Intermediate Modern Hebrew II (5)

Lecture/discussion—5 hours. Prerequisite: course 21 or consent of instructor. Continued development and refinement of grammar, composition, and language skills required for reading literary texts and conversing about contemporary topics at an advanced level. History of the Hebrew language. Not open to students who have taken course 101 or 100B.—II. (II.) 

23. Intermediate Modern Hebrew III (5)

Lecture/discussion—5 hours. Prerequisite: course 22 or consent of instructor. Continued development and refinement of grammar, composition, and language skills required for reading literary texts and conversing about contemporary topics at an advanced level. History of the Hebrew language. Further development of writing and translating skills. Not open to students who have taken course 100C or 102.—III. (III.)

HINDI-URDU

1. Elementary Hindi/Urdu I (5)

Lecture/discussion—5 hours. An introduction to Hindi and Urdu in which students will learn vocabulary and grammar in both Devanagari and Urdu scripts, and will practice skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.—I. (I.) 

2. Elementary Hindi/Urdu II (5)

Lecture/discussion—5 hours. Prerequisite: course 1. An introduction to Hindi and Urdu in which students will learn vocabulary and grammar in both Devanagari and Urdu scripts, and will practice skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.—II. (II.)

3. Elementary Hindi/Urdu III (5)

Lecture/discussion—5 hours. Prerequisite: course 2. An introduction to Hindi and Urdu in which students will learn vocabulary and grammar in both Devanagari and Urdu scripts, and will practice skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.—III. (III.)

21. Intermediate Hindi/Urdu (5)

Lecture/discussion—5 hours. Prerequisite: course 3. An intermediate level course for students who have completed Elementary Hindi/Urdu or the equivalent. Students will continue to practice their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Hindi and  Urdu.—I. (I.)

22. Intermediate Hindi/Urdu II (5)

Lecture/discussion—5 hours. Prerequisite: course 21. An intermediate level course where students will continue to practice their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Hindi and Urdu.—II. (II.)

23. Intermediate Hindi/Urdu III (5)

Lecture/discussion—5 hours. Prerequisite: course 22. An intermediate level course where students will continue to practice their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Hindi and Urdu.—III. (III.)

HISTORY

6. Introduction to the Middle East (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Survey of the major social, economic, political and cultural transformations in the Middle East from the rise of Islam (c. 600 A.D.) to the present, emphasizing themes in religion and culture, politics and society. Offered in alternate years.  GE credit: ArtHum

8. History of Indian Civilization (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour; written reports. Survey of Indian civilization from the rise of cities (ca. 2000 B.C.) to the present, emphasizing themes  in religion, social and political organization, and art  and literature that reflect cultural interaction and change. GE credit: ArtHum, Div.—III. (III.)

102 Q or R. Undergraduate Proseminar in History (5)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Designed primarily for history majors. Intensive reading, discussion, research, and writing in selected topics in the various fields of history. (A) Ancient; (B) Medieval; (D) Modern Europe to 1815; (E) Europe since 1815; (F) Russia; (G) China to 1800; (H) China since 1800; (I) Britain; (J) Latin America since 1810; (K) American History to 1787; (L) United States, 1787-1896; (M) United States since 1896; (N) Japan; (O) Africa; (P) Christianity and Culture in Europe, 50-1850; (Q) India; (R) Muslim Societies; (X) Comparative History, selected topics in cultural, political, economic, and social history that deal comparatively with more than one geographic field. May be repeated for credit. Limited enrollment. 

113. History of Modern Israel (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Topics include the rise and fall of utopian Zionism, the century-long struggle between Jews and Arabs, the development of modern Hebrew culture, the conflict between religious and secular Jews, and the nature of Israel’s multicultural society. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.—II. (II.)

112C.  Jews Among Muslims (4) 

History of Jewish communities in the lands of Islam from the time of the Prophet Muhammad to the present day. Susan Miller

115F. History of North, Horn, Sudan and Nile valley (North and North-East Africa) (4)

Lecture-3 hours. History of the northeast region of  continental Africa, encompassing the Horn of Africa  the Nile Valley and Sudan, covering the ancient period to the present.  Prerequisite: 15 or course 6 recommended   Susan Miller

190A. Middle Eastern History I: The Rise of Islam, 600-1000 (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing. Prerequisite: course 6 recommended. Middle Eastern history from the rise of Islam to the disintegration of the Abbasid Caliphate; the formative centuries of a civilization. Politics and religion, conquest and conversion, arts and sciences, Christians, Jews and Muslims, gender  and sexuality, orthodoxy and heterodoxy. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Baki Tezcan

190B. Middle Eastern History II: The Age of the Crusades, 1001-1400

Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing. Prerequisite: course 6 recommended. Middle Eastern history during the age of the Crusades and Mongol invasions. The idea of holy war, the Crusades, the Mongols as the bearers of Chinese arts, nomads and sedentary life, feudalism, mysticism, slavery, women in the medieval Middle East. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt. Baki Tezcan

190C. Middle Eastern History III: The Ottomans, 1401-1730 (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing. Prerequisite: course 6 recommended. Middle Eastern history from the foundation of the Ottoman Empire on the borderlands of Byzantine Anatolia through its expansion into Europe, Asia, and Africa, creating a new cultural synthesis including the Arab, Greek, Islamic, Mongol, Persian, Slavic, and Turkish traditions. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt. Baki Tezcan

**190D. Middle Eastern History IV: Safavids Iran, 1300-1720 (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Middle Eastern history focusing on Safavid Empire (present-day Iran, Iraq,Afghanistan, up to Georgia), beginning with the origins of the dynasty as a powerful religious family, to the establishment of the Empire, focusing on Social, Religious, Economic, and Political History. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.—II. Anooshahr

193A. History of the Modern Middle East, 1750-1914 (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 6 recommended. Transformation of state and society within the Middle East from 1750 to 1914 under pressure of the changing world economy and European imperialism. Themes include colonialism, Orientalism, Arab intellectual renaissance, Islamic reform, state-formation, role of subaltern groups. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt.  Omnia El Shakry

193B. History of the Modern Middle East from 1914 (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 6 recommended. The Middle East from the turn of the 20th century to the present. Themes include the legacy of imperialism, cultural renaissance, the World Wars, nationalism, Palestine/Israel, Islamic revival, gender, revolutionary movements, politics of oil and war, cultural modernism, exile and diaspora. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt.  Omnia El Shakry

**193C. Environment and Development in the Middle East (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; project. Prerequisite: upper division standing recommended. Examines Middle East environment and human use of nature over last 10,000 years. Discussion of colonial and contemporary environment and development planningMaghreb, Palestine/Israel on rivers, desertification, national parks indigenous knowledge, etc. GE Credit: ArtHum, SocSci.—II. (II.) Davis

**History 193D History of Modern Iran 1850-Present

Modern Iran from the mid 19th century to the present. Themes include the legacy of imperialism, cultural renaissance, the World Wars, nationalism, modernization, Islamic revival, gender, revolutionary movements, politics of oil and war.  Anooshahr

196A. Medieval India (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour; written reports. Survey of history of India in the millennium preceding arrival of British in the eighteenth century, focusing on interaction of the civilizations of Hinduism and Islam and on the changing nature of the state. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt. Sudipta Sen

196B. Modern India (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour; written reports. Survey of cultural, social, economic, and

political aspects of South Asian history from arrival of the British in the eighteenth century to formation of new independent states—India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan—in the twentieth century. GE credit: Soc- Sci, Div, Wrt.   Sudipta Sen

 

HUMAN RIGHTS

130.  Human Rights in the Middle East
The Arab Spring, 2.6 million refugees from the war in Syria, genocide of the Kurds, the Palestine-Israel conflict, terrorism and torture, and Women's Rights in Islam are some of the topics explored in this new course.  Human Rights in the Middle East tackles some of the most difficult questions facing our contemporary world — and in this course, there are no easy answers.
 
Human Rights in the Middle East fulfills part of the requirements for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Human Rights.


Suggested prerequisite: HMR 134 Human Rights


MIDDLE EAST/SOUTH ASIA STUDIES

92. Internship in Middle East/South Asia Studies

Work experience on and off campus in all subject areas offered as part of the ME/SA Studies program. Internship supervised by a member of the ME/SA faculty. (18 unit max)

98. Directed Group Study (1-5 units)

Prerequisite-Consent of instructor

(P/NP grading only)

99. Special Study (1-5 Units)

For undergraduates: Prerequisite- consent of instructor

(P/NP grading only)

100. Middle East and South Asia:  Comparative Perspectives (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing. Ethnographic and historical points of intersection and divergencein various aspects of the Middle East and South Asia in precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial societies. Anthropological, historical, and theoretical debates surrounding the region. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.—I, II, III. (I, II, III.)  Sen, Tezcan, Anooshahr

112. History of South Asian Islam

This course offers an introduction to the comparative  history of Muslim communities in the South Asian  subcontinent (India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh),  with a view to shared aspects of their cultural identity and  historical experience. Beginning with the rise and spreadof Islam, the course charts a comparative history of Islamic Empires, conversion and cultural assimilation, the formation of Islamic communities and subjects under European colonialrule, the rise of traditionalist agendas of religion and social reform, the role of Islam in anti-colonial resistance movements, and finally, the development of Muslim identity in the era of decolonization and the emergence of post-colonial nation states.  

Sudipta Sen

150. Women & Islamic Discourses (4)

Introduction to the debates/discourses about women and Islam.  Transformations in debates/discourses in colonial and postcolonial periods in the Middle East & South Asia. Comparative study of debates/discourses on family, work, law, sexuality, religion,  comportment, human rights, feminist and religious movements. Suad Joseph

180. Topics in Middle East and South Asian Studies (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing. Comparative perspective on the Middle East and South Asia. Topics may include modernity, religious traditions, colonialism, subalternity and social movements, gender and sexuality, history and memory, science and development, ritual and performance, public culture, diasporas. May be repeated one time for credit. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.—I, II, III. (I, II, III.) Joseph, El Shakry, S. Miller

181A. -  Topics In Regional ME/SA Studies

Iranian/Persianate literature, history, culture, politics, religion and economy.

181C. -  Topics in Arab Studies: Settler Colonialism in Palestine in Comparative PerspectiveMSA182A - Proseminars in ME/SA Studies

Advanced topics in Iranian/Persianate literature, history, culture, politics, religion and economy.

182C. -  Topics in Arab Studies: Settler Colonialism in Palestine in Comparative Perspective


192. Internship (1-12)

Internship—3-36 hours. Prerequisite: course 100. Supervised internship on and off campus in the area of Middle East and South Asia Studies. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit. (P/NP grading only.)

194H. Special Study for Honors Students

198. Directed Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: course 100. (P/NP grading only.)

199. Special Study for Advanced

Undergraduates (1-5)

Prerequisite: course 100. (P/NP grading only.)

MUSIC

 129B. Musics of Africa, Middle East, Indian  Subcontinent (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 3A or 3B recommended. Survey of music cultures with special emphasis on the role of music in society and on the elements of music (instruments, theory, genres and form, etc.). Introduction to ethnomusicological theory, methods, approaches. Not offered every year. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.—

148. Hindustani Vocal Ensemble (2)

Rehearsal—2 hours. Basics of Hindustani music through theory and practice. Fundamentals of raga (mode) and tala (rhythms) with special emphasis on improvisation, a central feature of khyal (singing style). Five ragas each quarter. May be repeated up to six times for credit. (P/NP grading only.)—I, II.(I, II.)

POLITICAL SCIENCE

135. Intrnatl Pol Middle East (4)

International politics of the Middle East as a microcosm  of world politics. The Middle East as a regional system.  Domestic and Political Structures in the Middle East.  Superpower involvement in the Middle East.  Prerequisite: Course 3 or consent of instructor.

136. Arab-Israeli Conflict (4)

Causes, course, and implications of Arab-Israeli conflict.  Competing Israeli and Arab narratives, politics of force,  diplomacy. Domestic politics and A-I conflict, the superpowers  and the A-I conflict, A-I conflict and world politics, potential  solutions. Prerequisite: POL 003 or IRE 001

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

3E. Fundamentalism

This course is an introduction to the global and  comparative study of the modern phenomenon of  fundamentalism. We will explore, through primary and secondary material, the intellectual and historical origins of fundamentalism strains in Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. In their writing and discussion sections, you will place these movements in their larger political, cultural and ethical contexts. Case studies include the examination of the multiple relationships between fundamentalism and science (and science education); the connection between fundamentalism, political violence and terrorism; the questions of gender and sexuality and fundamentalism. Flagg, K. Watenpaugh

21. Hebrew Scriptures (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Selected texts from the Hebrew Scriptures (Genesis—II Chronicles) and review of modern scholarship on the texts from a variety of perspectives (historical, literary, sociological, psychological). Course work is based on an English translation and no knowledge of Hebrew is required. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.—I. (I.)

23. Introduction to Judaism (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Introduction to the study of religion using examples from the rituals, art and holy texts of Judaism. No prior knowledge of either Judaism or the study of religion is necessary.GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.—II. (II.)

30. Religions of South Asia (4)

Lecture – 3 hours Introduction to South Asian religions, including Hinduism,  Buddhism, Islam, Jainism and Sikhism. Traces historical  developments from Vedic texts and their ascetic reformulation by sages such as Yajnavalkya, Siddhartha Gautama, and Mahavira  into our global present.

40. New Testament (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. New Testament literature from critical, historical, and theologicalperspectives. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt.—I. (I.) Hurst

60. Introduction to Islam (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; extensive writing. Introductionto topics central to the Islamic tradition.Muhammad, the Qur’an, Islamic law, theology, philosophy,cosmology, worship, and mysticism. Raceand gender in Islam, Islamic revival, and varyingexperiences of Islam in different historical and culturalsettings. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, SocSci, Div, Wrt.

65C. The Qur’an and Its Interpretation (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; extensive writing. TheQur’an, its history, its various functions in the lives of Muslims, and its different interpretations. Quranic themes such as God and humankind, nature and revelation, eschatology and Satan. Islam and other religions; women, gender, and sexuality. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.—(III.)

68. Hinduism (4)

Lecture—3 hours; writing. Hindu tradition from ancient to modern times. Multiplicity of religious

forms within Hinduism with mention of Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism and their relation to the mainstream of Hindu religion. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.—I.

131. Genocide

This course does neither takes a “bestiary” approach to the study of genocide; nor does it seek to determine which genocide was worse. It is based on the proposition that the modern phenomenon of genocide can be studied from a comparative, critical theoretical perspective while simultaneously preserving the historical specificity and distinctive nature of each genocidal moment.

156. Religion and the Performing Arts in India (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 30, 68, or consent of the instructor. Survey of religion and performing arts in India. Emphasis on the influence of colonialism, nationalism, and regionalism on the history of Indian performing arts. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.

157. Hindu Women and Goddesses (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Hindu goddesses and the religious lives of Hindu women in India and the diaspora. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.

160. Introduction to Islamic Thought (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing. Prerequisite: course 60 recommended. The development of

Islamic thought from the first centuries of Islam to theeighteenth century. Theology, philosophy, ethics, Sufism, historiography, political theory, fundamentalism, al-Farabi, al-Ghazzali, Ibn Rushd, Tusi, Ibn al-Arabi, Rumi, Molla Sadra, Ibn Khaldun, Ibn Abd al-Wahhab. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div, Wrt. Flagg, K. Watenpaught

161. Modern Islam

This course investigates the encounter between Islam  and modernity over the last 200 years. Starting with the growth of various Islamic modernist movements in the  Ottoman Empire, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, the course follows the evolution of various socio-political Islamic movements, including the Muslim Brotherhood in  the middle of the 20th century. The course will also explore the evolution of “Jihadism”-violent movements claiming Islamic legitimacy, as well as the role of Islam and Muslims outside of the Muslim heartland in Europe and North America.  

162. Introduction to Islamic Law (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing. Prerequisite: course 60 recommended. The development of

Islamic law in the formative centuries of Islam, ca. 600-1000, as well as its adaptation to changing economic, social, and political conditions in subsequent periods. Legal schools, legal theory, the Shari’a, reformist movements, human rights. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum or SocSci, Div. Wrt.—II.

**163. The Social Life of Islam (4)

Lecture – 3 hours Introduction to culture and social life in Muslim societies.  Focus on the plurality of traditions in Muslim faith, reason, and everyday practice. Special attention to Muslim rituals, ethical values, verbal genres, family life, sexuality and veiling, and youth culture.

**Religious Studies 165 Islam in Asia (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing. Islam as a lived religion in the Indian sub-continent, Central Asia, China, and Southeast Asia. Emphasis is on primary sources studied comparatively and historically.

167. Iraq

This seminar is designed to help students reach a greater understanding of the origins, causes and ethical challenges of the current situation in Iraq. Approaching these questions through a series of questions about the Late-Ottoman, the colonial-era creation of Iraq, the rise of the Baath political party, the Iran-Iraq and Persian Gulf wars, UN Sanctions and the US-led invasion and occupation and the emergence of a politically-dominant Shiism, seminar participants will explore the larger historical, cultural and ethical dimensions of mass violence, war, liberation, neocolonialism, terrorism and resistance. Seminar participants will write a term paper and a critical book review.

170. Buddhism (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Buddhism in its pan-Asian manifestations, from its beginning in India to its development in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, Central Asia, China and Japan; teachings and practices, socio-political and cultural impact. Offered in alternate years.—III.

WOMEN AND GENDER STUDIES

178A OR B. Transnationalism and Writing by Women of Color (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: one course in Women’s Studies, or consent of instructor. Writings by women of color in a transnational framework, understood in their cultural, socio-economic, and historical contexts. The interrelation among gender,writing, nationalism, and transnationalism, with focus on women’s writing in specific geographic/national locations and their diasporas: (A) The Arab World; (B) Asia; (C) The Caribbean; (D) Africa; (E) Diasporic Women Writers in Europe; (F) Topics on Women Writers of Color. Not offered every year. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.—Gopinath, Ho, Joseph, Kuhn, Mena, Nettles, Rodriguez

184. Gender in the Arab World (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 50. Examination of the history, culture, and social/political/economic dynamics of gender relations and gendering in the Arab world. GE credit: SocSci, Div, Wrt.—II. Suad Joseph

**185. Women & Islamic Discourses (4)

Introduction to the debates/discourses about women and Islam.  Transformations in debates/discourses in colonial and postcolonial periods in the Middle East & South Asia. Comparative study of debates/discourses on family, work, law, sexuality, religion, comportment, human rights, feminist and religious movements. Suad Joseph

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