Middle East Studies


MES


MES 1968 Approaches to the Middle East
Monday 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Professor: Faiz Ahmed
Location Smith-Buonanno Hall 207

When and why did the Middle East emerge as a field of study? What are the competing approaches to framing our understanding of this pivotal region? How did these approaches change over time? This upper-level seminar explores these questions within the larger context of the colonial encounters that shaped modern regimes of knowledge production. The class features visits by leading scholars from different disciplines who reflect on the questions they ask and how they go about answering them. Readings range from canonical works to innovative new scholarship.  No pre-requisites but previous coursework on this region recommended.


LANGUAGES


Arabic

ARAB 0100 First-Year Arabic (Alla Hassan, Miled Faiza)
ARAB 0300 Second-Year Arabic (Elsa Belmont Flores)
ARAB 0500 Third-Year Arabic (Miled Faiza)
ARAB 0700 Advanced Arabic: Tales of the City (Alla Hassan)

Hebrew

HEBR 0100 Elementary Hebrew (Sigalit Davis)
HEBR 0300 Intermediate Hebrew (Sigalit Davis)
HEBR 0500 Writing and Speaking Hebrew (Sigalit Davis)

Persian

PRSN 0100 Basic Persian (Michelle Quay)
PRSN 0300 Intermediate Persian Language and Culture (Michelle Quay)

Turkish

TKSH 0100 Introduction to Turkish Language and Culture I (Esra Ozdemir)
TKSH 0300 Intermediate Turkish (Esra Ozdemir)


ELECTIVES


Courses that may count towards electives, meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to discuss

Anthropology

ANTH 1225 Gendering Migration and Diasporas (Nadje Al-Ali) DIAP
ANTH 1820 Lost Languages: The Decipherment and Study of Ancient Writing Systems (Stephen Houston)

Archaeology and the Ancient World

ARCH 0100 Field Archaeology in the Ancient World (Parker van Valkenburgh, Laurel Bestock)
ARCH 0230 Myriad Mediterraneans: Archaeology, Representation and Decolonization (Peter van Dommelen) DIAP | First-Year Seminar

Assyriology

ASYR 1700 Astronomy, Divination and Politics in the Ancient World (John Steele) WRIT
ASYR 2120 Historiography of Exact Sciences (John Steele) Graduate Seminar
ASYR 2800 Archaeologies of Text (Matthew Rutz) Graduate Seminar

Comparative Literature

COLT 0510K The 1001 Nights (Elias Muhanna) DIAP | WRIT

Egyptology

EGYT 0550 Black Pharaohs: Nubian Kings and Queens of Ancient Egypt (Silvia Nigrelli) DIAP
EGYT 1310 Introduction to Classical Hieroglyphic Egyptian Writing and Language (Middle Egyptian I) (Rafa Saade Saade)
EGYT 1330 Selections from Middle Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts (M. Almansa Villatoro)
EGYT 1430 History of Egypt I (Laurel Bestock) WRIT
EGYT 2521 Problems in Amarna History (James Allen) Graduate Seminar

French

FREN 1410T L'expérience des réfugiés: déplacements, migrations (Laurin Williams) WRIT

Greek

GREK 1111H Hellenistic Literature (Joseph Reed)

History

HIST 0285A Modern Genocide and Other Crimes against Humanity (Omer Bartov, James Wang) DIAP | WRIT
HIST 1202 Formation of the Classical Heritage: Greeks, Romans, Jews, Christians, and Muslims (Kenneth Sacks) DIAP | WRIT
HIST 1954F Globalism before Globalization: The Interconnected World of the Early Middle Ages (Jonathan Conant)
HIST 1969A Israel-Palestine: Lands and Peoples I (Omer Bartov) DIAP | WRIT
HIST 1969C Debates in Middle Eastern History (Sreemati Mitter) DIAP | WRIT

Judaic Studies

JUDS 0050H Israel’s Wars (Rachel Rojanski) First-Year Seminar
JUDS 0617 Jewish Women: Between Conformity and Agency (Katharina Galor) WRIT
JUDS 0681 Great Jewish Books (Michael Satlow) WRIT
JUDS 0830 The Bible as Literature (David Jacobson)
JUDS 1690 Prophets and Priests in Exile: Biblical Literature of the 6th Century BCE (Saul Olyan)

Religious Studies

RELS 0015 Sacred Stories (Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Mikail Berg) DIAP | WRIT
RELS 0290D Islamic Sexualities (Nancy Khalek, Tara Dhaliwal) DIAP | WRIT
RELS 0610 Sufi Islam (Shahzad Bashir, Mariam Tarek Ibrahim Aboukathir)
RELS 1325C The Virgin Mary in Christian Tradition (Susan Ashbrook Harvey) WRIT
RELS 1530G The History of Emotions and the Study of Islam (Nancy Khalek)
RELS 2100F Seminar in Biblical Studies: Ugaritic (Saul Olyan) Graduate Seminar

Turkish

TKSH 0720A Understanding Modern Turkey Through Film and Literature (Esra Ozdemir)

Urban Studies

URBN 1871B Berlin: Global Metropolis (1945-2020) (Katharina Galor) WRIT



DIAP

ANTH 1225 Gendering Migration and Diasporas (Nadje Al-Ali)
ARCH 0230 Myriad Mediterraneans: Archaeology, Representation and Decolonization (Peter van Dommelen)
COLT 0510K The 1001 Nights (Elias Muhanna)
EGYT 0550 Black Pharaohs: Nubian Kings and Queens of Ancient Egypt (Silvia Nigrelli)
HIST 0285A Modern Genocide and Other Crimes against Humanity (Omar Bartov)
HIST 1202 Formation of the Classical Heritage: Greeks, Romans, Jews, Christians, and Muslims (Kenneth Sacks)
HIST 1969A Israel-Palestine: Lands and Peoples I (Omer Bartov)
HIST 1969C Debates in Middle Eastern History (Sreemati Mitter)
RELS 0015 Sacred Stories (Susan Ashbrook Harvey)
RELS 0290D Islamic Sexualities (Nancy Khalek)