Current Course Offerings

Fall 2013 Course Offerings


For Both Undergraduate and Graduate Students

IMES 104a Islam: Civilization and Institutions
M,W,Th 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Prof. Lumbard

Provides a disciplined study of Islamic civilization from its origins to the modern period. Approaches the study from a humanities perspective. Topics covered will include the Qur'an, tradition, law, theology, politics, Islam and other religions, modern developments, and women in Islam. Usually offered every year.

Elective Courses

AAAS 126b Political Economy of the Third World
T,F 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
Prof. Nyangoni

Development of capitalism and different roles and functions assigned to all "Third Worlds," in the periphery as well as the center. Special attention will be paid to African and Afro-American peripheries.

ARBC 103a Lower Advanced Arabic
M,T,W,Th 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Prof. El-Tobgui

Designed to help the student attain advanced proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding. The syllabus includes selections from modern texts representing a variety of styles and genres, advanced composition, and sustained development of oral-aural proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic. A grade of C- or higher in ARBC 103a is required to take ARBC 103b.

ARBC 106a Advanced Arabic I: Contemporary Arabic Literature

M,T,W,Th 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Prof. El-Tobgui

Develops advanced reading competence through a variety of modern literary texts focusing on contemporary Arab society, culture, and intellectual life. Continued solidification of advanced grammar and style with application through frequent writing assignments, both analytical and creative. Class conducted entirely in Arabic.

FA 33b Islamic Art and Architecture
T, F 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
Prof. Grigor

May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 39b in prior years.
Introduces architecture and arts of the Islamic lands from seventh-century Levant to post-modernism in Iran, India, and the Gulf states. Provides an overview of major themes and regional variations, and their socio-political and historical context.

FA 68a Israeli Art and Visual Culture: Forging Identities Between East and West
M,W,Th 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Prof. Ankori

May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 153a in prior years.
An examination of the visual arts created in Israel since the beginning of the twentieth century. Combines a chronological overview of major trends with an in-depth examination of select case studies of individual artists and specific themes.

NEJS 178a Love, Sex, and Power in Israeli Culture 

T, Th 3:30 PM - 4:50 PM
Prof. Szobel

Taught in Hebrew. Prerequisite: HBRW 141a, 143a, 144a, or 146a or permission of the instructor.
Explores questions of romance, gender, marriage, and jealousy in the Israeli context by offering a feminist and psychoanalytic reading of Hebrew texts, works of art, and film.

NEJS 180b Introduction to Israeli Literature, Film, and Culture
T, Th 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM
Prof. Szobel

Examines trends and myths in modern Hebrew literature. Looking at both central, established and edgy, new stories, poems and films, the course examines various aspects of the way Israelis talk to each other and the world, and presents a multilayered--often conflicting--picture of Israeli culture through different voices and mediums. Taught in English. Usually offered every second year.

POLS 128a The Politics of Revolution: State Violence and Popular Insurgency in the Third World
T, Th 5:00 PM - 6:20 PM
Prof. Thaxton

Introduction to twentieth-century revolutionary movements in the Third World, focusing on the emergence of peasant-based resistance and revolution in the world beyond the West, and on the role of state violence in provoking popular involvement in protest, rebellion, and insurgency. Usually offered every year.

POL 145b Muslims in the West: Politics, Religion, Law
W 2:00 PM–4:50 PM
Prof. Klausen

Few issues have caused more public furor than the accommodation of Islam in Europe and the United States. It is often overlooked that Muslims are developing the institutions of their faith in societies that offer everyone the freedom of choice and expression. This seminar looks at religious discrimination as a barrier to the civic and political inclusion of Muslim immigrants, the responses of governments, courts, and the general public, and what we know about the balance among "fundamentalist, " "moderate," and "progressive" Muslim viewpoints.

SOC 119a Deconstructing War, Building Peace
T, F 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
Prof. Fellman

Ponders the possibility of a major "paradigm shift" under way from adversarialism and war to mutuality and peace. Examines war culture and peace culture and points in between, with emphases on the role of imagination in social change, growing global interdependence, and political, economic, gender, social class, and social psychological aspects of war and peace.

Modern Period

HIST 111b The Iranian Revolution: From Monarchy to the Islamic Republic 
T,Th 2:00 PM–3:20 PM
Prof. Sohrabi

An examination of the roots of the Iranian revolution of 1979, the formation of the Islamic Republic, and its evolution over the past 30 years.

POL 164a Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East
M 2:00 PM–4:50 PM
Prof. Feldman

Evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the efforts to resolve it. Focuses on key documents and developments with particular emphasis on the Palestinian-Israeli dimension, and the different narratives adopted by the parties on the conflict.

Classical Period

NEJS 190b Islamic Philosophy
M, W 2:00 PM–3:20 PM

Prof. Lumbard

Prerequisite: IMES 104a or NEJS 186a or a course on Islam.  An examination of the development and teachings of the Islamic philosophical tradition, covering its development from the Greek philosophical tradition and in response to Islamic teachings, and the relationship between Islamic philosophy and theology up to the Safavid period.