Middle East Studies


MES 1151 Middle East in Anthropological Perspective 
Tuesday, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Professor: Fulya Pinar
Location TBD

A seminar focusing on anthropological methods of analyzing and interpreting Middle Eastern cultures and societies. Emphasizes the study of kinship, tribal structure, social organization and gender relations, ethnic groups relations, and urban-rural distinctions. Draws upon insights from these topics as a basis for understanding contemporary social, economic, and political dynamics in the region.

MES 1968 Approaches to the Middle East 
Wednesday, 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Professor: Beshara Doumani
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.



ARAB 0100 First-Year Arabic (Alla Hassan) 
ARAB 0300 Second-Year Arabic (Miled Faiza)
ARAB 0500 Third-Year Arabic (Elsa Belmont Flores)
ARAB 0850 Advanced Reading and Composition in Arabic: Kalila wa-Dimna (Miled Faiza)


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)


PRSN 0100 Basic Persian (Michelle Quay)
PRSN 0300 Intermediate Persian Language and Culture (Michelle Quay)
PRSN 0500 Advanced Persian Language and Culture I (Michelle Quay)


TKSH 0100 Introduction to Turkish (Esra Özdemir)
TKSH 0300 Intermediate Turkish II (Esra Özdemir)


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


ASYR 1600 Astronomy Before the Telescope (John Steele)
ASYR 2400 Akkadian Literary and Religious Texts (Matthew Rutz)


EGYT 1310 Introduction to Classical Hieroglyphic Egyptian Writing and Language (Middle Egyptian I) (Christelle Alvarez)
EGYT 1330 Selections from Middle Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts (TBD)


HIST 1963Q Sex, Power, and God: A Medieval Perspective (Amy Remensnyder) WRIT

International and Public Affairs

IAPA 1201F Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East (Nadje Al-Ali)

French Studies

Religious Studies

RELS 0090A Women and Gender in Ancient Religions (Susan Harvey) FYS | WRIT
RELS 0090M Religion Violence and Media (Nancy Khalek) FYS | WRIT | RPP
RELS 1325E Ecotheology in Ancient Christianity (Susan Harvey) WRIT
RELS 2400L Topics in Islamic Studies: Methods and Theories (Nancy Khalek) Graduate Seminar


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


RELS 0090M Religion Violence and Media (Nancy Khalek)