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Courses for the Major in Middle East / South Asia Studies

Courses for the Major in Middle East / South Asia Studies — Course Descriptions

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.—III. Joseph

 

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.

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.—II. (II.) Sharlet

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.—III. (III.) Sharlet

Courses for the Major in Middle East / South Asia Studies — Course Descriptions

21. Intermediate Arabic 21 (5)

Lecture/discussion—5 hours. Prerequisite: course 1, 2, 3 or with consent of instructor after taking all parts 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.—I. (I.) Sharlet

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.—II. (II.) Sharlet

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. Continuesfrom 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.—III. (III.) Sharlet

 

ART HISTORY

 

1E. Islamic Art

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.  

 

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

155. The Islamic City

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 culrue 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 imageability. The course will cover the period of the formation of Islamic society (7th c) to the modern era, with particular emphasis


ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES

 

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 Arab American youth and in youth culture. S. Maira

 

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

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.—I. Sharlet

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.

166. Literatures of the Modern Middle East (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Study of major translated Courses for the Major in Middle East / South Asia Studies — Course Descriptions 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.—I. (I.) 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)

Courses for the Major in Middle East / South Asia Studies — Course Descriptions 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.)

 

HISTORY

Courses for the Major in Middle East / South Asia Studies — Course Descriptions

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

 

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.—I, II, III. (I, II, III.)

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.) Biale, Ringelblum

115F. 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

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, Wrt.—I. 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 Courses for the Major in Middle East / South Asia Studies — Course Descriptions 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.—I. 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.—II. Tezcan

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.—II. 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.—III. El Shakry


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 divergence in 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.)

112. History of South Asia 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 spread of Islam, the course charts a comparative history of Islamic Empires, conversion and cultural assimilation, the formation of Islamic communities and subjects under European colonial rule, 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.

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, Courses for the Major in Middle East / South Asia Studies — Course Descriptions diasporas. May be repeated one time for credit. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.—I, II, III. (I, II, III.)

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.)

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.—Graham

 

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 Courses for the Major in Middle East / South Asia Studies — Course Descriptions and the A-I conflict, A-I conflict and world politics, potential solutions. Prerequisite: POL 003 or IRE 001

 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

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.)

40. New Testament (4)

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

60. Introduction to Islam (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; extensive writing. Introduction to topics central to the Islamic tradition. Muhammad, the Qur’an, Islamic law, theology, philosophy, cosmology, worship, and mysticism. Race and gender in Islam, Islamic revival, and varying experiences of Islam in different historical and cultural settings. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, SocSci, Div, Wrt.—(I.) Tezcan Courses for the Major in Middle East / South Asia Studies — Course Descriptions

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

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; extensive writing. The Qur’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.)Tezcan


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 the eighteenth 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.—II. Tezcan

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

162. Introduction to Islamic Law (4)

Lecture—3 hours; extensive writing. Prerequisite: Courses for the Major in Middle East / South Asia Studies — Course Descriptions 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. Tezcan

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.

 

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. Joseph

 

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