Middle East Studies

Spring 2019 Featured Elective Courses

COLT 0711K Arab Voices beyond the Middle East: Cultural Encounters in Europe and the Americas
Mon., Wed., Fri., 10:00 10:50 a.m. Smith-Buonanno Hall G12
Professor: Gregory Halaby

This course introduces students to literature by Arabs writing outside of their country of origin and in relation to a new cultural landscape, in the US, Britain, Canada, and Brazil. We will explore, through poems, short stories, novels, films, and music, the themes of exile, assimilation, gender, sexuality and war in transnational and transcultural contexts. Authors include: Rawi Haje, Etel Adnan, Rabih Alameddine, Ahdaf Sueif, and Saad Elkhadem.

HMAN 1973N Islam in America: A Global History
Mon., 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Pembroke Hall 003
Professor: Faiz Ahmed

This course explores the history of Muslims in the United States—and American discourses about Islam—from colonial times to the present. Organized chronologically and thematically, we follow major questions and debates in American relations with the so-called “Muslim world”—from Columbus’s fateful 1492 voyage to Morocco’s recognition of the United States in 1777; and Muslim slaves and migrants in the Antebellum South to President Obama’s historic Cairo speech. As a broadly conceived transregional history, the seminar explores the diverse social, political, and economic processes connecting Africa, the Mideast, South Asia, and North America from the fifteenth to twenty-first centuries.

JUDS 1610 The Archaeology of Jerusalem: From the Origins to the Ottomans
Thu., 4:00 – 6:30 p.m., 163 George Street 103
Professor: Katharina Galor

Jerusalem earned a special eminence among the world's famed ancient cities. Its sanctity to Jews, Christians, and Muslims made the city a focus of discussions and controversies regarding the evolving and changing identities throughout its long urban history. 1700+ archaeological excavations and surveys in and around the Old City have been conducted over the last 150 years. Examine the material remains of the city from the beginnings in the Chalcolithic period through the Ottoman period, 1917 CE. The contemporary literary sources as well as the more recent scholarly debates and discoveries help us understand the material remains of the relevant periods.

PHIL 1002 Avicenna
Thu., 4:00 – 6:30 p.m., Friedman Hall 003
Professor: Lidia Gocheva

This course will familiarize students with the life, works, ideas and legacy of one of the most influential thinkers of classical Islamic philosophy, Avicenna (d. 1037). We begin with Avicenna’s life and works, then look into some major themes in his logic, natural philosophy, epistemology and metaphysics. Then, we will consider Avicenna’s controversial views on God’s knowledge of the particulars, the nature of his Pointers and Reminders and the commentary tradition it inspires, as well as Avicenna’s heritage in Islamic thought and beyond. Throughout the course, we will read selections from his opus magnum, The Cure, in English translation.