Middle East Studies


MES


MES 1400 The Middle East in Berlin
Thursday 4-6:30 p.m.
Professor: Katharina Galor
Location: TBD

This seminar explores the physical and human landscapes of post-war Berlin: its steadily expanding urban fabric and how it engages with the rapidly changing population make-up. The focus will be on the tension between past and present histories, new German identities, the recent massive migrations, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, and how these social and geopolitical phenomena interact with the city’s urban spaces and monuments. As case studies we will explore the relationship among Germans and three other significant communities: Turks, Israelis, and Palestinians.

RPP | WRIT

MES 1968 Approaches to the Middle East
Tuesday 4-6:30 p.m.
Professor: Alex Winder
Location: TBD

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 colonial, national, and other ongoing encounters that have 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 (Mirena Christoff)
ARAB 0450A Beginning Levantine Colloquial (Elsa Belmont Flores)
ARAB 0500 Third-Year Arabic (Miled Faiza)
ARAB 0700 Advanced Arabic: Tales of the City (Mirena Christoff)
ARAB 0850 Advanced Reading and Composition in Arabic: Kalila wa-Dimna (Alla Hassan)

Hebrew

HEBR 0100 Elementary Hebrew (Ruth Adler Ben Yehuda)
HEBR 0300 Intermediate Hebrew (Ruth Adler Ben Yehuda)
HEBR 0500 Writing and Speaking Hebrew (Ruth Adler Ben Yehuda)

Persian

PRSN 0100 Basic Persian (Michelle Quay)
PRSN 0105 Accelerated Persian (Michelle Quay)* (flyer)
PRSN 0300 Intermediate Persian Language and Culture (Michelle Quay)

Turkish

TKSH 0100 Introduction to Turkish (Esra Ozdemir)
TKSH 0300 Intermediate Turkish II (Esra Ozdemir)
TKSH 1100 Introductory Ottoman Turkish I (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)

Archaeology and the Ancient World

ARCH 0100 Field Archaeology in the Ancient World (Laurel Bestock, Parker van Valkenburgh)
ARCH 0440 Archaeologies of the Ancient "Middle East" (Nour Munawar)
ARCH 1622 Art, Secrecy, and Invisibility in Ancient Egypt (Laurel Bestock)

Assyriology

ASYR 0800 The Cradle of Civilization? An Introduction to the Ancient Near East (Jonathan Price)
ASYR 1000 Introduction to Akkadian (Matthew Rutz)
ASYR 2100 The Ancient Near East: Early Modern Intellectual Histories (Felipe Rojas Silva, John Steele) Graduate seminar

Biblical Hebrew

BHBR 0100 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (Josiah Bisbee)

Comparative Literature

COLT 1310J The Arab Renaissance (Elias Muhanna) (flyerRPP | WRIT

Egyptology

EGYT 0200 Egypt in the Time of Cleopatra (Leo Depuydt)
EGYT 1310 Introduction to Classical Hieroglyphic Egyptian Writing and Language (Middle Egyptian I) (TBD)
EGYT 1330 Selections from Middle Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts (James Allen)
EGYT 2210 Introduction to Coptic (Leo Depuydt)

History

HIST 0244 Understanding the Middle East: 1800s to the Present (Sreemati Mitter) RPP
HIST 1968V America and the Middle East: Histories of Connection and Exchange (Faiz Ahmed)
HIST 2981X Worlds of Belonging & Separation: The Question of Community in Middle East and Indian Ocean Studies (Faiz Ahmed) Graduate Seminar

History of Art and Architecture

HIAA 1440F Architectural Reuse: The Appropriation of the Past (Sheila Bonde) WRIT

International and Public Affairs

IAPA 1804A Iran and the Islamic Revolution (Stephen Kinzer)

Judaic Studies

JUDS 0050P Sacred Spaces: Synagogues, Churches, Mosques (Katharina Galor) FYS | WRIT
JUDS 0608 The Parting of the Ways?: Questioning Jewish/Christian Difference (Jae Hee Han) WRIT

Political Science

POLS 1822I Geopolitics of Oil and Energy (Jeffrey Colgan) WRIT

Religious Studies

RELS 1315 Religious Authority in an Age of Empire (Jae Hee Han) RPP
RELS 1530H Problems in Islamic Studies: Shaking up the Study of the Islamic World
(Nancy Khalek)

Sociology

SOC 1128 Migrants, Refugees and the Mediterranean (Lisa DiCarlo)

Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

TAPS 0800K Islam Between Theatre and Performance (Kenneth Molloy) RPP

Turkish

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

University Courses

UNIV 1003 Jerusalem: Jews, Christians, Muslims (Katharina Galor)*

*Not yet listed in Courses@Brown



RPP

COLT 1310J The Arab Renaissance (Elias Muhanna)
HIST 0244 Understanding the Middle East: 1800s to the Present (Sreemati Mitter)
MES 1400 The Middle East in Berlin (Katharina Galor)
RELS 1315 Religious Authority in an Age of Empire (Jae Hee Han)
TAPS 0800K Islam Between Theatre and Performance (Kenneth Molloy)