Course Descriptions

The following are courses within the Middle East/South Asia Studies and Languages Program.

 

Middle East/South Asia Studies

MSA 092—Internship (1-12)
Internship—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Supervised internship on and off campus in the area of Middle East & South Asia Studies. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2020 Spring Quarter.
MSA 098—Directed Group Study (1-5)
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Directed group study. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2006 Fall Quarter.
MSA 099—Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5)
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Special study for undergraduates. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2006 Fall Quarter.
MSA 100—Middle East & South Asia: Comparative Perspectives (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); 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: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2004 Summer Session 1.
MSA 111A—Great Cities of Arab Middle East & South Asia (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Some knowledge of Islamic/Middle Eastern history is very useful. In-depth examination of the great cities of North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia as cultural and historical artifacts. Topics include: the concept of the Islamic city, processes of modernity, and representations that reinforce imagination, memory and personal identity. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
MSA 112—History of South Asian Islam (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Comparative study of Muslim communities of South Asia. Commonalities in cultural identity and historical experience. Rise and spread of Islam, comparative history of Islamic Empires, colonial rule, and post-colonial nationalism. Effective: 2007 Fall Quarter.
MSA 121A—Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. In-depth analysis of the Persian Book of Kings (Shahnameh) by Abu al-Qasim Ferdowsi (d. 1020 CE) in its historical context with a comparative perspective on the role of this work in Persian and world literature. (Same course as COM 175.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
MSA 121C—A Story for a Life: The Arabian Nights (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. In-depth exploration of The Arabian Nights, the best-known work of pre-modern Arabic literature and a major work of world literature. Analysis of the work in its historical context and in comparison to other frame tales in world literature. (Same course as COM 172, ARB 140.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
MSA 122A—Themes in the Arabic Novel (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Independent Study; Extensive Writing. Limited to 30 students. Select modern Arabic fiction (novels and short stories) in translation. Thematically connected readings supplemented by non-fictional writings when appropriate. May be repeated up to 2 Time(s) when texts/theme of required course readings sufficiently change. GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
MSA 131A—Modern Iranian Cinema (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing, or consent of instructor. Iranian cinema of the 20th century in the context of profound cultural and social changes in Iran especially since the Iranian Revolution. Productions by representative directors such as Kiarostami, Makhmalbaf, Bahram Beizaie are included. Knowledge of Persian not required. (Same course as CTS 146A.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
MSA 131B—Modern South Asia Cinema (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): upper division standing or consent of instructor. South Asian cinema of last 100 years in the context of cultural, social, and political changes. South Asian history, Independence, Partition, urban life, class, migration, postcolonial identity, diaspora, gender, sexuality, religion, sport, performance, etc (Same course as CTS 146B, ANT 147.) GE credit: AH, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
MSA 131C—Religion & Media in Arab World (4)
Lecture—4 hour(s). Exploration of the role and experience of media technologies in the Arab world. Study of digital and electronic media as well as alternative media practices. Investigation of new trends in political activism and identity formation. (Same course as RST 166.) GE credit: OL, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
MSA 150—Women & Islamic Discourses (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): WMS 050; Or comparable course. 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. (Same course as WMS 185.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC. Effective: 2008 Fall Quarter.
MSA 151A—Iranian Society & Culture (4)
Lecture—2 hour(s); Term Paper; Discussion—1 hour(s). In-depth investigation of modern Iranian society and culture. Exploration of structures of Iranian society: family, gender, religion, minorities, economy, politics, and state. Iran’s role in the globalizing world, and the role of Iranian diasporas. GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2013 Spring Quarter.
MSA 180—Topics in Middle East & South Asian Studies (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); 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 up to 1 Time(s) when topic differs. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2004 Fall Quarter.
MSA 181A—Topics in Regional ME/SA Studies (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Iran & Persian topics for students specializing in region-specific Middle East & South Asia Studies. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s). GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
MSA 181B—Topics in Regional ME/SA Studies (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Indian/South Asia topics for students specializing in region-specific Middle East & South Asia Studies. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s). GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
MSA 181C—Topics in Regional ME/SA Studies: Arab Studies (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Arab Studies topics. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s) when topics and themes differs. GE credit: AH, SS. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
MSA 182A—Undergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia (4)
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): MSA 100 recommended. Limited to 15 students. Seminar in Iran & Persian topics specializing in region-specific Middle East & South Asia studies. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s). Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
MSA 182B—Undergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia (4)
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): MSA 100 recommended. Limited to 15 students. Seminar in India/South Asia topics specializing in region-specific Middle East & South Asia studies. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s) when topics and themes differs. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
MSA 182C—Undergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia: Arab Studies Seminar (4)
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): MSA 100 recommended. Limited to 15 students. Seminar in Arab Studies topics. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s). GE credit: WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
MSA 192—Internship (1-12)
Internship—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Supervised internship on and off campus in the area of Middle East & South Asia Studies. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
MSA 194H—Special Study for Honors Students (1-5)
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Open only to majors of senior standing who qualify for honors program. Independent study of a problem in Middle East/South Asian studies involving the writing of an honors thesis. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s). Effective: 2009 Winter Quarter.
MSA 198—Directed Group Study (1-5)
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Directed group study. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
MSA 199—Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5)
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Special study for advanced undergraduates. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.

Arabic

ARB 001—Elementary Arabic 1 (5)
Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s). 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. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 001A—Accelerated Intensive Elementary Arabic (15)
Lecture/Discussion—15 hour(s). Special 12-week accelerated, intensive summer session course that combines the work of courses ARB 001, 002, and 003. Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic through development of all language skills in a cultural context with emphasis on communicative proficiency. Not open for credit to students who have completed ARB 001, ARB 002, or ARB 003. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 002—Elementary Arabic 2 (5)
Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ARB 001; or Consent of Instructor. Continuation of basic Arabic from ARB 001. 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. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 003—Elementary Arabic 3 (5)
Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ARB 002; or Consent of Instructor. Continuation of introduction to basic Arabic from ARB 001 and ARB 002. Interactive and integrated presentation of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, including syntax. Focus on standard Arabic with limited use of spoken Egyptian and/or one other colloquial dialect. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 021—Intermediate Arabic 21 (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ARB 003; or Consent of Instructor. Builds on courses ARB 001, ARB 002, and ARB 003. 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. GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 021A—Accelerated Intensive Intermediate Arabic (15)
Lecture/Discussion—15 hour(s). Special 12-week accelerated, intensive summer session course that combines the work of courses ARB 021, ARB 022, and ARB 023. Modern Standard Arabic through development of all language skills in a cultural context with emphasis on communicative proficiency. Not open for credit to students who have completed ARB 021, ARB 022, or ARB 023. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 021C—Colloquial Egyptian Arabic (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Lecture/Lab—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ARB 003; or Consent of Instructor. Continuation of the Colloquial Egyptian Arabic covered in the first year of Arabic; ARB 001, ARB 002, and ARB 003. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s) when instruction material changes. GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 021L—Colloquial Levantine Arabic (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ARB 003; or Consent of Instructor. Continuation of colloquial Levantine Arabic presented in ARB 001, ARB 002 and ARB 003. Integrated presentation of speaking and listening skills in colloquial Levantine Arabic, with reading and writing in Modern Standard Arabic that is related to Levantine cultural production and social life. GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 022—Intermediate Arabic 22 (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ARB 021; or Consent of Instructor. Continuation of ARB 021. Interactive and integrated presentation of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including idiomatic expression. Focus on standard Arabic with limited use of Egyptian and/or one other colloquial dialect. GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 022C—Colloquial Egyptian Arabic (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Lecture/Lab—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ARB 021C; or Consent of Instructor. Continuation of the Colloquial Egyptian Arabic covered in first year of Arabic; courses ARB 001, ARB 002, and ARB 003 and the first quarter of Colloquial Arabic ARB 021C. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s) when instruction material changes. GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 022L—Colloquial Levantine Arabic (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ARB 021L; or Consent of Instructor. Continuation of colloquial Levantine Arabic presented in ARB 021L. Integrated presentation of speaking and listening skills in colloquial Levantine Arabic; reading and writing in Modern Standard Arabic related to Levantine social life. GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 023—Intermediate Arabic 23 (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ARB 022; or Consent of Instructor. Continuation of ARB 021 and ARB 022. Interactive and integrated presentation of Arabic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, including idiomatic expression. GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 023C—Colloquial Egyptian Arabic (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Lecture/Lab—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ARB 022C; or Consent of Instructor. Continuation of Colloquial Egyptian Arabic covered in ARB 022C. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s) when instruction material changes. GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 023L—Colloquial Levantine Arabic (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ARB 022L; or Consent of Instructor. Continuation of colloquial Levantine Arabic presented in ARB 022L. Integrated presentation of speaking and listening skills in colloquial Levantine Arabic; reading and writing in Modern Standard Arabic related to Levantine social life. GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 098—Directed Group Study (1-5)
Variable—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Directed group study. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 099—Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5)
Variable—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Special study. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 101A—Readings in Arabic: 600-1850 (4)
Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): ARB 123; or Consent of Instructor. Readings in Arabic. Poetry, prose literature, and selections from texts on religion, history, politics, science, philosophy and mysticism. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s) when instructor decides there is benefit from additional practice working on the different selections from the same texts or if 50% or more of the texts are different. GE credit: AH, OL, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 121—Advanced Arabic (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): ARB 023; or Consent of Instructor. Review, refinement, and development of skills learned in intermediate Arabic through work with texts, video, and audio on cultural and social issues. Integrated approach to reading, writing, listening, speaking primarily standard Arabic, with limited use of one colloquial dialect. May be repeated up to 2 Time(s) when based on different readings. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 122—Advanced Arabic (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ARB 121; or Consent of Instructor. Continuation of ARB 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 colloquial dialect. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 123—Advanced Arabic (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ARB 122; or Consent of Instructor. Continuation of ARB 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. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 140—A Story for a Life: The Arabian Nights (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. In-depth exploration of The Arabian Nights, the best-known work of pre-modern Arabic literature and a major work of world literature. Analysis of the work in its historical context and in comparison to other frame tales in world literature. (Same course as COM 172, MSA 121C.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 141—Readings in Modern Arabic Literature (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): ARB 123; or Consent of Instructor. Readings of modern Arabic poetry and fiction in original format, assisted by instructor-prepared glossaries and other supplementary material. Readings to be followed by class discussion and short writing assignments in Arabic. Open to students at advanced proficiency in Arabic. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s) if reading material changes. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 198—Directed Group Study (1-5)
Variable—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Development of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in advanced Arabic. Materials may include al-Kitaab Part Two or Three, news articles and broadcasts, short stories, poetry, novels, essays, scripture, prophetic traditions, audio recordings, and television and film. May be repeated up to 4 Time(s) when content differs. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 297—Directed Independent Study (4)
Discussion—1 hour(s); Independent Study. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Restricted to graduate students. Directed Independent Study on a topic culminating in a term paper. Independent Study may only be arranged with consent of the instructor when graduate seminars are unavailable. Topic varies by instructor. May be repeated up to 5 Time(s) when no graduate seminars are available and topic differs. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 299—Individual Study (1-12)
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing. Restricted to graduate students. Individual study. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ARB 396—Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4)
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing. Restricted to graduate students. Teaching assistant training practicum. May be repeated up to 18 Time(s). (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.

Hebrew

HEB 001—Elementary Hebrew (5)
Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s). Speaking, listening, comprehension, reading and writing fundamentals of modern Hebrew. GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2020 Winter Quarter.
HEB 001A—Accelerated Intensive Elementary Hebrew (15)
Lecture/Discussion—15 hour(s). Special 12-week accelerated, intensive summer session course that combines the work of HEB 001, HEB 002, and HEB 003. Introduction to Hebrew grammar and development of language skills in a cultural context with emphasis on communication. Not open to students who have completed HEB 001, HEB 002, or HEB 003. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HEB 002—Elementary Hebrew (5)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s); Laboratory—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HEB 001; Or the equivalent. Speaking, listening, comprehension, reading and writing fundamentals of modern Hebrew. GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HEB 003—Elementary Hebrew (5)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s); Laboratory—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HEB 002; Or the equivalent. Speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing fundamentals of modern Hebrew. GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HEB 010—Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (3)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Introduction to the Hebrew Alphabet and basic grammar rules of the biblical language. Students will learn to read most any biblical text and learn how to find the meaning of words by their roots and morphological structure. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HEB 011—Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (3)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HEB 010. Continuation of HEB 010. Biblical text reading, simple/literal translation, verb and noun patterns, compounding of prepositions and nouns. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HEB 012—Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (3)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HEB 011. Continuation of HEB 011. Biblical text reading, simple/literal translation, verb and noun patterns, compounding of prepositions and nouns. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HEB 021—Intermediate Modern Hebrew I (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HEB 003; 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 HEB 100 or HEB 100A. GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HEB 022—Intermediate Modern Hebrew II (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HEB 021; 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 HEB 101 or HEB 100B. GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HEB 023—Intermediate Modern Hebrew III (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HEB 022; Consent of Instructor. Continued development of grammar, composition, 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 HEB 100C or HEB 102. GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HEB 098—Directed Group Study (1-5)
Variable—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Directed group study. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HEB 099—Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5)
Variable—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Special study. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HEB 100AN—Advanced Modern Hebrew I (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): HEB 023; or Consent of Instructor. Students who took HEB 100A as second-year Hebrew may take HEB 100AN. Third year Hebrew. Advanced grammar and composition. Focus on reading of literary texts, oral skills and accuracy in writing. GE credit: AH. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HEB 100BN—Advanced Modern Hebrew II (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): HEB 100AN; or Consent of Instructor. Students who took HEB 100B as second-year Hebrew may take HEB 100BN. Third year Hebrew. Advanced grammar and composition. Focus on reading of literary texts, oral skills and accuracy in writing. GE credit: AH. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HEB 100CN—Advanced Modern Hebrew III (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): HEB 100BN. Third-year Hebrew. Advanced grammar and composition. Focus on reading of literary texts, oral skills and accuracy in writing. Students who have taken HEB 100C as second-year Hebrew may take HEB 100CN. GE credit: AH. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.

Hindi/Urdu

HIN 001—Elementary Hindi/Urdu I (5)
Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s). Introduction to Devanagari Script through development of all language skills in a cultural context with emphasis on communicative proficiency. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HIN 001A—Accelerated Intensive Elementary Hindi (15)
Lecture/Discussion—15 hour(s). Special 12-week accelerated, intensive summer session course that combines the work of HIN 001, HIN 002, and HIN 003. Introduction to Devnagari Script through development of all language skills in cultural context with emphasis on communicative proficiency. Not open for credit to students who have completed HIN 001, HIN 002 or HIN 003. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HIN 002—Elementary Hindi/Urdu II (5)
Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HIN 001. Continuation of HIN 001. Devanagari Script through development of all language skills in a cultural context with emphasis on communicative proficiency. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HIN 003—Elementary Hindi/Urdu III (5)
Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HIN 002. Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Hindi using the Devanagari script and brief introduction to basic literacy in Urdu using the Nasataliq script. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2019 Winter Quarter.
HIN 021—Intermediate Hindi/Urdu I (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HIN 003. 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. GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HIN 022—Intermediate Hindi/Urdu II (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HIN 021. Intermediate level course where students will continue to practice their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Hindi and Urdu. GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HIN 023—Intermediate Hindi/Urdu III (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): HIN 022. Intermediate level course where students will continue to practice their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Hindi and Urdu. GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HIN 098—Directed Group Study (1-5)
Variable—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Directed group study. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HIN 099—Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5)
Variable—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Special study. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HIN 396—Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4)
Variable—1-4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Restricted to graduate students. Teaching practicum. May be repeated up to 18 Time(s). (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.

Persian

PER 001—Elementary Persian (5)
Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s). Introduction to listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Persian and to Persian culture. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
PER 002—Elementary Persian (5)
Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): PER 001; or Consent of Instructor. Continuation of PER 001. Introduction to listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Persian and to Persian culture. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2020 Winter Quarter.
PER 003—Elementary Persian (5)
Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): PER 002; or Consent of Instructor. Continuation of PER 002. Introduction to listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Persian and to Persian culture. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
PER 021—Intermediate Persian (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): PER 003; or the equivalent. Integrated presentation of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as cultural topics in intermediate Persian. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2022 Winter Quarter.
PER 022—Intermediate Persian (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): PER 021; or the equivalent. Integrated presentation of listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as cultural topics in Intermediate Persian. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2022 Winter Quarter.
PER 023—Intermediate Persian (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): PER 022; or equivalent knowledge of Persian. Integrated presentation of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as cultural topics in Intermediate Persian. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2022 Winter Quarter.
PER 098—Directed Group Study (1-5)
Variable—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Directed group study. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
PER 099—Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5)
Variable—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Special study. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
PER 101—Advanced Persian: Topics in Modern Persian Culture 1900-Present (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): PER 023; or Consent of Instructor. Integrated work on reading, listening, discussion and writing about modern Persian cultural production using fiction and poetry as well as cinema and theory. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s) when content differs. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
PER 103—Advanced Persian: Topics in Medieval Persian Culture 900-1500 (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): PER 023; or Consent of Instructor. Integrated work on reading, listening, discussion, writing about medieval Persian culture with a focus on lyric and narrative poetry and representative selections of literary prose, rhetoric, biography, history, religious and philosophical discourse. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s) when content differs. GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
PER 396—Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4)
Variable—1-4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Restricted to graduate students. Teaching practicum. May be repeated up to 18 Time(s). (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.

Punjabi

PUN 001V—Elementary Punjabi (5)
Web Electronic Discussion—5 hour(s). Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Punjabi and to Punjabi culture. GE credit: AH. Effective: 2020 Fall Quarter.
PUN 002V—Elementary Punjabi (5)
Web Electronic Discussion—5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): PUN 001V; or Consent of Instructor. Continuation of PUN 001V. Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Punjabi and to Punjabi culture. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2020 Fall Quarter.
PUN 003V—Elementary Punjabi (5)
Web Electronic Discussion—5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): PUN 002V; or Consent of Instructor. Continuation of PUN 002V. Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Punjabi and to Punjabi culture. GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2020 Fall Quarter.

 

The following are ME/SA related courses taught by affiliated faculty and related programs.

Students interested in below courses should consult the ME/SA Studies advisor for major and minor plans.

‡ Indicates a course accepted for ME/SA Credit on a Case-By-Case Basis, contact advisor for more information.

 

Anthropology

ANT 124—Religion in Society & Culture (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ANT 002 recommended. Discussion of anthropological theories of religion with emphasis on non-literate societies. Survey of shamanism, magic and witchcraft, ritual and symbols, and religious movements. Extensive discussion of ethnographic examples and analysis of social functions of religious institutions. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
ANT 127—Urban Anthropology (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ANT 002 recommended. Survey of approaches to urban living: political structures, organization of labor, class relations, world views. The evolution of urban life and its contemporary dilemmas. Cross-cultural comparisons discussed through case studies. GE credit: SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2022 Spring Quarter.
ANT 142—Peoples of the Middle East (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ANT 002 recommended. 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 ANT 136.) GE credit: SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
ANT 145—Performance, Embodiment, & Space in South Asia (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ANT 002; 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: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2005 Winter Quarter.
ANT 147—Modern South Asia Cinema (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing or consent of instructor. South Asian cinema of last 100 years in the context of cultural, social, and political changes. South Asian history, Independence, Partition, urban life, class, migration, postcolonial identity, diaspora, gender, sexuality, religion, sport, performance, etc. (Same course as MSA 131B, CTS 146B.) GE credit: AH, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.

Art History

AHI 001E—Islamic Art & Architecture (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to the art and architecture of the Islamic world including the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and South Asia, from the 7th century CE to the 20th century. GE credit: AH, VL, WC. Effective: 2006 Fall Quarter.
AHI 153—Hindu Gods & Hindu Symbols (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): RST 068 Hinduism or RST 069 Hindu Mythology recommended, but not required. A historical survey of the development of the language of symbolism and iconography in Hinduism. (Same course as RST 181.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2020 Spring Quarter.
AHI 154—The Hindu Temple (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Comparative history of architecture and symbolism of the Hindu Temple in India, Southeast Asia and the United States. Attention to the temple as expression of religious knowledge, political authority, and cultural heritage through the lens of colonialism and postcolonialism. (Same course as RST 154.) GE credit: AH, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Fall Quarter.
AHI 155—The Islamic City (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): AHI 001E recommended. Introduction to the urban history of the Islamic world. Critical study of the historiography of the Islamic city, development of urban form, institutions and rituals, and analysis of selected themes. GE credit: AH, SS, VL, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
AHI 156—Arts of the Islamic Book (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Prior completion of AHI 001E recommended. Critical study of the arts of the luxury book in the pre-modern Islamic world. Representation in Islam, the relationship of word and image, the discipline of calligraphy, aesthetics and representation in Persianate painting. GE credit: AH, VL, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
AHI 157—Buddhist Art (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). A historical survey of Buddhist art in relation to the development of Buddhist doctrine and philosophy. (Same course as RST 171.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.
AHI 158—Popular Religious Art in India (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Survey of Indian popular religious art in prints, trade labels, comics and photographs. (Same course as RST 180.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2020 Spring Quarter.

Asian American Studies

ASA 150F—South Asian American History, Culture, & Politics (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). South Asian American experiences, focusing on the histories, cultures, and politics of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Sri Lankan communities in the U.S. Interdisciplinary approaches to migration, labor, gender, racialization, ethnicity, youth, community mobilization. GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, OL, SS, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
ASA 189E—Topics in Asian American Studies: Comparative Racial Studies (4)
Lecture—4 hour(s). Intensive treatment of a topic in Asian American Studies: comparative racial studies. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. GE credit: ACGH, AH, DD, OL, SS, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

Classics

CLA 001—Ancient Near East & Early Greece: 3000-500 B.C.E. (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). 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: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Fall Quarter.

Cinema and Technocultural Studies

CTS 146A—Modern Iranian Cinema (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing, or consent of instructor. Iranian cinema of the 20th century in the context of profound cultural and social changes in Iran especially since the Iranian Revolution. Productions by representative directors such as Kiarostami, Makhmalbaf, Bahram Beizaie are included. Knowledge of Persian not required. (Same course as MSA 131A.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
CTS 146B—Modern South Asia Cinema (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing or consent of instructor. South Asian cinema of last 100 years in the context of cultural, social, and political changes. South Asian history, Independence, Partition, urban life, class, migration, postcolonial identity, diaspora, gender, sexuality, religion, sport, performance, etc. (Same course as MSA 131B, ANT 147.) GE credit: AH, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.

Comparative Literature

COM 006—Myths & Legends (4) ‡
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to the comparative study of myths and legends, with readings selected from Near Eastern, Teutonic, Celtic, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, African and Native American literary sources. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2019 Winter Quarter.
COM 053B—Literature of South Asia (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. 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: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.
COM 053C—Literatures of the Islamic World (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. 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: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Fall Quarter.
COM 145—Representations of the City (4)
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Exploration of the representation of the city in major translated literary texts from a variety of literary traditions and periods. Emphasis on the diversity of urban experience in literature. Topics include public and private space, memory, and gender. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2004 Spring Quarter.
COM 148—Mystical Literatures of South Asia & the Middle East (4) ‡
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); 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. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2010 Fall Quarter.
COM 151—Colonial & Postcolonial Experience in Literature (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Literary introduction to the cultural issues of colonialism and postcolonialism through reading, discussing and writing on narratives which articulate diverse points of view. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
COM 155—Classical Literatures of the Islamic World 600-1900 (4) ‡
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Major texts from Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Urdu literature with attention to historical and cross-cultural context. Includes epic, romance, various genres of lyric poetry, fairy tales, historical and religious stories, mystical and philosophical narratives, and essays. GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
COM 156—The Ramayana (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); 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. (Same course as RST 158.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.
COM 166—Literatures of the Modern Middle East (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Major translated works in modern Middle Eastern and North African Literature, including Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. Social and historical formation, with topics such as conflict and coexistence, journeys, and displaced people, gender and family. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2007 Fall Quarter.
COM 171—Partition Literature: South Asia (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. An exploration of novels, short stories, plays, and films in translation and in English, produced about the Partition of India in 1947. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2020 Fall Quarter.
COM 172—A Story for a Life: The Arabian Nights (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. In-depth exploration of The Arabian Nights, the best-known work of pre-modern Arabic literature and a major work of world literature. Analysis of the work in its historical context and in comparison to other frame tales in world literature. (Same course as ARB 140, MSA 121C.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
COM 173—Sakuntala: The Story of a Ring (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. A comparative examination of the Indian story of Sakuntala in multiple genres, languages, and media from the c. 400 BCE to the contemporary century. GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2022 Winter Quarter.
COM 175—Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. In-depth analysis of the Persian Book of Kings (Shahnameh) by Abu al-Qasim Ferdowsi (d. 1020 CE) in its historical context with a comparative perspective on the role of this work in Persian and world literature. (Same course as MSA 121A.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.

History

HIS 006—Introduction to the Middle East (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Survey of the major social, economic, political and cultural transformations in the Middle East from the rise of Islam (c.600A.D.) to the present, emphasizing themes in religion and culture, politics and society. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2003 Fall Quarter.
HIS 008—History of Indian Civilization (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). 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: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
HIS 011—History of the Jewish People in the Modern World (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Histories and cultures of the Jews since 1492. Topics include: the making of Jewish diasporas, roots of antisemitism, the Holocaust in images and texts, changing ideas of the self, Jews in America, contemporary visions of the Jewish past. GE credit: AH, DD, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2014 Winter Quarter.
HIS 080—The History of the United States in the Middle East (2)
Lecture—2 hour(s). History of the United States in the Middle East from 1900 to the present. Examination of U.S. foreign relations toward the Middle East, their regional ramifications and domestic repercussions. GE credit: ACGH, AH, SS, WC. Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
HIS 080W—The History of the United States in the Middle East (2)
Lecture/Discussion—1 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Must enroll in HIS 080 concurrently. History of the United States in the Middle East from 1900 to the present. Examination of U.S. foreign relations toward the Middle East, their regional ramifications and domestic repercussions with extensive writing. GE credit: AH, SS, WE. Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
HIS 102Q—Undergraduate Proseminar in History: India (5)
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily for history majors. Intensive reading, discussion, research, and writing in selected topics in the various fields of history. India. May be repeated for credit. GE credit: WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
HIS 102R—Undergraduate Proseminar in History: Muslim Societies (5)
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily for history majors. Intensive reading, discussion, research, and writing in selected topics in the various fields of history. Muslim Societies. May be repeated for credit. GE credit: WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
HIS 112C—History of Jews in the Muslim World (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. History of Jewish communities in the lands of Islam from the time of the Prophet Muhammad to the present day. GE credit: SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
HIS 113—History of Modern Israel (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); 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: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2004 Spring Quarter.
HIS 114—Histories of 20th Century Partition (4) ‡
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Politics of territorial separation in Ireland; Greece/Turkey; India/Pakistan; Palestine/Israel; the U.S./Mexico border, etc. Partition as a focus area in international governance; on refugee migration; race; problems of national citizenship; and the politics of hard borders. Not open for credit to students who have previously completed an upper division history course in histories of 20th Century Partition. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2021 Fall Quarter.
HIS 115F—History of Modern North Africa, 1800 to the Present (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. History of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya (the Maghrib), 1800 to the present. Topics include conquest and pacification, reform movements, the rise of nationalism, decolonization, state capitalism, economic liberalization, Islamism, democratization and human rights, the interplay of history and memory. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.HIS 190A—Middle Eastern History I: The Rise of Islam, 600-1000 (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. 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. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2009 Fall Quarter.
HIS 190B—Middle Eastern History II: The Age of the Crusades, 1001-1400 (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. 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. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2009 Fall Quarter.
HIS 190C—Middle Eastern History III: The Ottomans, 1401-1730 (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. 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. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
HIS 190D—Middle Eastern History IV: Safavids Iran, 1300-1720 (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); 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. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
HIS 193A—History of the Modern Middle East, 1750-1914 (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): HIS 006 recommended. State and society within the Middle East from 1750 to 1914 under pressure of the changing world economy and European imperialism. Themes: colonialism, Orientalism, intellectual renaissance, Islamic reform, state-formation, role of subaltern groups. GE credit: AH, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
HIS 193B—History of the Modern Middle East, From 1914 (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. 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. GE credit: AH, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
HIS 193C—The Middle East Environment: Historical Change & Current Challenges (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Project (Term Project). Examines Middle East environment and human use of nature over last 10,000 years. Introduction to desert ecology, environmental history and current environmental problems. Case Studies of Egypt, Maghreb countries, Arabian peninsula/Gulf countries, desertification, water, indigenous knowledge, and national parks. GE credit: AH, SS. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
HIS 193D—History of Modern Iran, From 1850 to Present (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): HIS 006 recommended. 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. GE credit: AH, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
HIS 196A—Medieval India (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Survey of history of India in the millennium preceding arrival of British in the 18th century, focusing on interaction of the civilizations of Hinduism and Islam and on the changing nature of the state. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
HIS 196B—Modern India (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Survey of cultural, social, economic, and political aspects of South Asian history from arrival of the British in the 18th century to formation of new independent states-India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan in the 20th century. GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.

Music

MUS 129B—Musics of Africa, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MUS 003A or MUS 006A or MUS 010 or MUS 011 or MUS 028; or Consent of Instructor. 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. GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.
Rehearsal—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Rehearsal, study, and performance of a full variety of wind ensemble music; and to have students share their work in public performances. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: AH. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
MUS 148—Hindustani Vocal Ensemble (2)
Rehearsal—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. 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 6 Time(s). (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: AH. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

Political Science

POL 135—International Politics of the Middle East (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper/Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. POL 003 recommended. International politics of the Middle East as a microcosm of world politics. The Middle East as a regional system. Domestic and International Politics in the Middle East. Changing Political Structures in the Middle East. Superpower involvement in the Middle East. GE credit: SS, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
POL 136—The Arab-Israeli Conflict (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper/Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): POL 003 recommended. 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. GE credit: SS, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.

Religious Studies

RST 001E—Fundamentalism (4) ‡
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to comparative religion, focusing on the idea of fundamentalism in different religious traditions. No credit given to students that have taken RST 003E. GE credit: AH, DD, OL, SS, WE. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
RST 012—Emergence of Judaism, Christianity & Islam (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Historical origins, founding figures, and sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Jewish, Christian, and Muslim beliefs about their own origins. Interpretations of scriptures. Development of traditions over time. GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2022 Winter Quarter.
RST 021. 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 | AH, WC, WE.—I. (I.)
RST 023. 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 | ACGH, AH, DD, WC, WE.—II. (II.)
RST 030—Religions of South Asia (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). 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. GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2014 Winter Quarter.
RST 031—Introduction to Jainism (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to topics central to Jain tradition through critical, historical and ethical perspectives. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2020 Winter Quarter.
RST 032—History of Yoga (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). History of yoga from antiquity to its most recent formulation in American popular and consumer culture. GE credit: AH, DD, WC, WE. Effective: 2020 Winter Quarter.
RST 033—Magic & Demons in South Asia (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Exploration of magic, demons, and other powers in South Asian religions from the ancient to the modern periods. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.
RST 040. New Testament (4)
Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. New Testament literature from critical, historical, and theological perspectives. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—I. (I.)
RST 060. 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 or SocSci, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—(I.)
RST 065 C. 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 | AH, WC, WE.—(III.)
RST 066—The Song of God: The Bhagavad Gita (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). The Bhagavad Gita, its history and reception, and its significance in the lives of Hindus. Themes explored include Hindu theories of god, self, war, peace, duty, and action. GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.
RST 067—Modern Hinduism (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Historical survey of modern Hinduism from the early-19th century to the present. Topics include Rammohun Roy, Sir William Jones, and Mahatma Gandhi, nationalism, post-colonialism and diasporic religion. GE credit: AH, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2011 Winter Quarter.
RST 068—Introduction to Hinduism (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Survey of the diversity of Hindu traditions from ancient to the colonial period, including the development of temple worship, pilgrimage, goddess worship and regional festivals. GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2022 Winter Quarter.
RST 069—Introduction to Hindu Mythology (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper/Discussion—1 hour(s). Survey of the major narrative traditions within Hinduism, including epic literature and local stories in oral, textual, visual and performative forms. GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2014 Winter Quarter.
RST 136—Topics in Jainism (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Thematic study of specific periods, literary movements, sects and important figures within Jainism from a ranges of disciplinary perspectives. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s) when topic differs. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.
RST 137—Topics in Buddhism (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Thematic exploration of historic developments, periods, regions and sects in Buddhism from an interdisciplinary perspective. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s) when topic differs. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2019 Spring Quarter.
RST 139—Topics in Hinduism (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Thematic study of specific periods, movements, leaders, regions, ethics or philosophies within Hinduism from an interdisciplinary perspective. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s) when topic differs. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2019 Spring Quarter.
RST 154—The Hindu Temple (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Comparative history of architecture and symbolism of the Hindu Temple in India, Southeast Asia and the United States. Attention to the temple as expression of religious knowledge, political authority, and cultural heritage through the lens of colonialism and postcolonialism. (Same course as AHI 154.) GE credit: AH, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Fall Quarter.
RST 155A—Bhakti: Indian Devotional Traditions to 1200 CE (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Exploration of Indian devotional traditions through literary, visual, and performance culture. Emphasis on period up to 1200 CE in southern India. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2020 Fall Quarter.
RST 155B—Bhakti: Indian Devotional Traditions, 1200 CE to Present (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Indian devotional traditions through literary, visual, and performance culture. Emphasis on period 1200 CE to the present. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2022 Fall Quarter.
RST 156—Religion & the Performing Arts in India (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): RST 030; RST 068; or Consent of 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: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
RST 157—Hindu Women & Goddesses (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Hindu goddesses and the religious lives of Hindu women in India and the diaspora. GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2010 Fall Quarter.
RST 158—The Ramayana (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); 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. (Same course as COM 156.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.
RST 159—The Mahabharata (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Survey of the Indian epic, the Mahabharata, through textual, oral, and visual culture. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.
RST 160—Introduction to Islamic Thought (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): RST 060 recommended. The development of Islamic thought from the first centuries of Islam to the 18th 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. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2004 Fall Quarter.
RST 161—Modern Islam (4) ‡
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Response of Islam to modernity: secularism, reformism, fundamentalism. Islam and imperialism, women, media and immigration. Islamic modernism, political Islam, Islam in Europe and America. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
RST 161B—Modern Islam: Authority & Tradition In Process (4) ‡
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Survey of Islamic thought, social organization, politics from 18th century through present. Focus on changing notations of moral authority and tradition. Concentration on Middle East and South Asia with sustained treatment of North American engagements with the Islamic world. GE credit: AH, OL, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2014 Spring Quarter.
RST 162—Introduction to Islamic Law (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): RST 060 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. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2004 Fall Quarter.
RST 163—Social Life of Islam (4) ‡
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): RST 060 or HIS 006 recommended. 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. GE credit: AH, OL, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.
RST 165—Islam in Asia (4)
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Islam as a lived religion in the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia, China, and Southeast Asia. Emphasis is on primary sources studied comparatively and historically. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2022 Spring Quarter.
RST 166—Religion & Media in the Arab World (4)
Lecture—4 hour(s). Exploration of the role and experience of media technologies in the Arab world. Study of digital and electronic media as well as alternative media practices. Investigation of new trends in political activism and identity formation. (Same course as MSA 131C.) GE credit: OL, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
RST 170—Buddhism (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); 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. GE credit: AH, VL, WC. Effective: 2005 Spring Quarter.
RST 171—Buddhist Art (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). A historical survey of Buddhist art in relation to the development of Buddhist doctrine and philosophy. (Same course as AHI 157.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.
RST 180—Popular Religious Art in India (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Survey of Indian popular religious art in prints, trade labels, comics and photographs. (Same course as AHI 158.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2020 Spring Quarter.
RST 181—Hindu Gods & Hindu Symbols (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): RST 068: Hinduism or RST 069: Hindu Mythology recommended, but not required. A historical survey of the development of the language of symbolism and iconography in Hinduism. (Same course as AHI 153.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2020 Spring Quarter.
RST 182—Ramayana, Religion, & the Arts (4)
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper/Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Recommended but not required preparation: COM 156/RST 158 or RST 181 or RST 068 or RST 069. Comparative exploration of the visual, theatrical, ritual, performative and religious lives of the Ramayana epic in South and Southeast Asia. GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2022 Spring Quarter.

Sociology

SOC 146—Sociology of Religion (4)  ‡
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Term Paper; Project (Term Project). Prerequisite(s): SOC 001, SOC 002, or SOC 003 recommended. Relationship between social structures and religions. The social setting of the major world religions. Religious innovators and institutionalization (churches, sects, cults). Secularization in the modern world and the rise of secular ideologies. GE credit: SS. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

Women and Gender Studies

WMS 178A—Women Writers & the Transnational Imaginary: The Arab World (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Writings by women from diverse regions and cultures, understood in their cultural, socio-economic, and historical contexts, with each course offering a focus on women’s writing in specific geographic/national locations and their diasporas: The Arab World. GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2022 Fall Quarter.
WMS 184—Gender in the Arab World (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Examination of the history, culture, and social/political/economic dynamics of gender relations and gendering in the Arab world. GE credit: SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
WMS 185—Women & Islamic Discourses (4)
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): WMS 050; Or comparable course. Introduction to debate/discourses about women and Islam. Transformations in debate/discourses in colonial and postcolonial periods in the Middle East & South Asia. Comparative study of debate/discourses on family, work, law, sexuality, religion, comportment, human rights, feminist and religious movements. (Same course as MSA 150.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.

UC Online - Turkish

Turkish language courses are offered through UC Online from UCLA Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. For more information about taking these courses, please consult the ME/SA Studies advisor. Click the links below to learn more about each course.
Turkic Languages 101A: Elementary Turkish, TURKIC 101A
Turkic Languages 101B: Elementary Turkish, TURKIC 101B
Turkic Languages 101C: Elementary Turkish, TURKIC 101C
Turkic Languages 102A: Advanced Turkish, TURKIC 102A