01:685:100Introduction to the Modern Middle East (3)Introduction to the languages and cultures of the Middle East and facilities of cross-cultural communication and understanding between
the people of the West and of the Middle East.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:563:100.
01:685:230Introduction to Third World Cinema: Middle East and North Africa (3)Analyze Third World cinema in the context of sociopolitical issues such as race, class, and gender; relation between Third World cinema and the West; roles of women, youth, and marginal groups. Examine and compare cultural understandings of the concepts of modern and traditional.
01:685:236History and Cultures of Iran (3)Introduction to Iranian civilization through its historical, material, and intellectual cultures. A diachronic view of cultural tropes, intellectual and nationalist movements, and political governing systems that transformed Iran over the course of the three significant historical periods: the ancient and medieval dynasties, the period from the 19th century to the end of the Pahlavis Monarchy, and the Islamic Republic of the post-1979 Revolution.
01:685:240Muslims and Islamic Institutions in America (3)Explores the bonds of Muslim community, the meaning of Muslim-American identity, how immigrant groups are assimilated into American society, and institutional frameworks being adopted for national integration. Credit not given for both this course and 01:014:356 or 01:685:355.
01:685:295Special Topics in Middle Eastern Studies (3)Study of a specifically defined subject of Middle Eastern
studies. Subjects vary according to individual instructors; contact the
undergraduate director for information.
01:685:306Minorities of the Middle East (3)Survey of peoples, languages, and religions found in the contemporary Middle East, with a focus upon underrepresented groups and transnational issues. Emphasizes their histories, their roles in the contemporary Middle East, and their evolving relationships with the dominant group of the nations in which they are found.
01:685:330Major Themes in Contemporary Iranian Cinema (3) Examines major films from postrevolutionary Iranian cinema. Major themes: the role of religion in film, art, feminism, children in adult roles, city versus rural and tribal spaces, and the gradual erosion of political and cultural restrictions.
01:685:331Impacts of Media Technologies and Globalization on the Middle East (3) Examines how media, especially information technology, have changed societies in the modern Middle East. Tensions between traditional values and modernity as they manifest in the widespread application of computer technology. Challenges to authoritarian governments in the Middle East by the proliferation and democratization of public access to technology. Introduction to the languages and cultures of the Middle East and facilitation of cross-cultural communication and understanding between the people of the West and of the Middle East.
01:685:335Ta'zieh (Passion Play): Religious Rituals, History, and Shi'ite Culture (3)Examination of the Persian passion play Ta'zieh, its roots in Shi'ite history, and its ritual and aesthetic dimensions.
01:685:336History and Cultures of Iran (3)Introduction to Iranian history through its social, cultural, and political developments.
01:685:346Media in the Arab World (3)Examines media in the Arab world from mid-19th century print sources to modern electronic media. The role that satellite channels, such as al Jazeera, play in contemporary political discourse in Arabic.
01:685:353Islamic Law and Jurisprudence (3)Introduction to Islamic legal theory in its historical and modern contexts. Contrasts Islamic law and legal theory with Western legal theory and constitutional thought. Credit not given for both this course and 01:790:457.
01:685:357Islam and Democracy in the Arab World (3)
Current debates about why the Arab world is reluctant to embrace democracy and why some governments in the Arab world remain authoritarian. Includes the role of Islam in political, economic, and cultural discourse.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:790:367.
01:685:395,396Special Topics in Middle Eastern Studies (3,3)Study, in a discussion-oriented format, of a specifically defined subject of Middle Eastern studies.Subjects vary according to individual instructors; contact the undergraduate director for information.
01:685:447Twentieth-Century Social Movements in Iran (3)The Constitutional Revolution of 1906-09; impact of the Russian Revolution on social movements in Iran and the emergence of nationalist movements in Iran's Azerbaijan, Gilan, and Kurdistan provinces; Mossaddegh's oil nationalization effort and its aftermath; the 1979 Revolution in Iran; and the ongoing struggle for social and political freedoms.
01:685:480,481,482Internship in Middle Eastern Studies (3,3,3) Students work in outreach projects or with a designated agency concerned with Middle Eastern affairs; requires an appropriately designed academic project, resulting in a paper. Prerequisite: Permission of program director.
01:685:495,496Advanced Topics in Middle Eastern Studies (3,3) Intensive study, in a discussion-oriented format, of a specifically defined subject of Middle Eastern studies. Subjects vary according to individual instructors; contact the center director for information. Prerequisite: 01:685:100.
01:685:497,498Honors Thesis (3,3)Research for and writing of an original work of scholarship.Prerequisite: Permission of program.
01:685:499Senior Seminar in Middle Eastern Studies (3)Ways of looking at and interpreting Middle Eastern societies, cultures, histories, languages, religions, etc. Examines popular scholarly materials including artwork, films, fiction, and essays using modern methods of critical analysis.Prerequisites: 01:685:100 or 01:563:100. Open to seniors only.