Middle East Studies

MES

MES 1120 Art, Culture, and Society in Tehran
Tuesday, Thursday, 1:00 – 2:20 p.m.
Professor: Samine Tabatabaei

This course explores the city as physical and metaphorical space and aggregator of possibilities. It focuses on Tehran, in its historical, geographical, artistic and virtual specificity, and artists who have lived there, including: Kamal-al-molk and his followers in the early twentieth century; artists associated with Saqqakhaneh (modern school of art) at mid-twentieth-century, artists of the Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s and 1990s, and contemporary urban and transnational artists. By examining urban participation, aesthetics, and politics in Tehran across more than a century, the course provokes critical reflection on experience and representations of urban space, citizenry and creativity.
DIAP
WRIT

MES 1300 Intellectual Change: From Ottoman Modernization to the Turkish Republic
Thursday, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Professor: Meltem Toksoz

A critical survey of Ottoman intellectual history in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Modernization, formation of the modern state and issues of nationalism and other ideologies of the time form the main framework, analyzing their political, social and cultural impact on intellectual production in the Ottoman Empire and through the making of Republican Turkey. It is a history of mentalities organized around thematic/chronological modules, each representing a set of concepts, ideas, movements as well as facts and problems, which will be compared to the larger world of modern state formation both in thought and practice.
DIAP

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

This seminar introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of Middle East Studies in the broader context of the history of area studies in the humanities and social sciences. Why and when did the Middle East become an area of study? What are the approaches and topics that have shaped the development of this field? And what are the political implications of contending visions for its future? The readings sample canonical and alternative works and the classes feature visits by leading scholars who research and write on this pivotal and amorphous region.
WRIT


ELECTIVES

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

Arabic

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

Archaeology and the Ancient World

ARCH 0150 Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology and Art (Laurel Bestock)

Assyriology

ASYR 0310 Thunder-gods and Dragon-slayers: Mythology + Cultural Contact - Ancient Mediterranean and Near East (Felipe Rojas Silva) First Year Seminar (FYS) | WRIT
ASYR 2400 Akkadian Literary and Religious Texts (Matthew Rutz)

Comparative Literature

COLT 0812P Banned Books of the Middle East (Emily Drumsta) DIAP | WRIT
COLT 1710C Literary Translation Workshop (Emily Drumsta) 
COLT 1814S The Balkans, Europe's Other?: Literature, Film, History (Vangelis Calotychos)

Egyptology

EGYT 1330 Selections from Middle Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts (James Allen)
EGYT 2410 Late Egyptian (Leo Depuydt)
EGYT 2610 Introduction to Demotic (Leo Depuydt)

French

FREN 1410T L'expérience des réfugiés: déplacements, migrations (Virginia Krause) WRIT

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)

History

HIST 0245 Middle Earth: A History of the Modern Middle East (Faiz Ahmed)
HIST 1202 Formation of the Classical Heritage: Greeks, Romans, Jews, Christians, and Muslims (Kenneth Sacks) DIAP | WRIT
HIST 1456 Bankrupt: An Economic and Financial History of the Middle East in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Sreemati Mitter)
HIST 1969A Israel-Palestine: Lands and Peoples I (Omer Bartov) WRIT

Humanities

HMAN 1974P Theo-Politics: Political Readings of the Hebrew Bible (Adi Ophir) 

Judaic Studies

JUDS 0050H Israel's Wars (Rachel Rojanski) First Year Seminar (FYS)
JUDS 0065 Ancient Israelite and Jewish Narrative and Artistic Image (Larry Wills) WRIT
JUDS 1635 Problems in Israelite History (Saul Olyan)

Modern Culture and Media

MCM 1504R Iranian Cinema (Joan Copjec) DIAP

Persian

PRSN 0100 Basic Persian (Iraj Anvar)
PRSN 0300 Intermediate Persian Language and Culture (Iraj Anvar)
PRSN 0500 Advanced Persian Language and Culture I (Iraj Anvar)

Religious Studies

RELS 0015 Sacred Stories (Susan Harvey) DIAP | WRIT 
RELS 0290H Defense Against the Dark Arts in the Ancient World (Jae Hee Han) WRIT
RELS 1330A The Life and Afterlives of the Apostle Paul (Jae Hee Han)
RELS 2101 The Court Narrative in Ancient Israel (Larry Wills) Graduate seminar
RELS 2400K New Directions in the Study of Islamic Worlds (Nancy Khalek) Graduate seminar

Turkish

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