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Middle Eastern Studies Courses

Middle Eastern Studies | Courses | Judaic & Near Eastern Studies Faculty

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(All courses carry 3 credits unless otherwise noted.)

100 Middle Eastern History I (1st sem)

Survey of the development of social, political and cultural life in the Middle East consequent to the rise of Islam in the 7th century. Topics include: rise and spread of Islam, formation of a Middle Eastern/Islamic world, relationship of religion and politics, Arab conquests and empires, development of Islamic societies and cultures, relations with Europe. See HIST 130.

101 Middle Eastern History II (2nd sem)

Survey of social, economic, political and cultural change in the Middle East from ca. 1800. Topics include: imperialism and revolution, end of the Ottoman Empire, rise of nationalism, relations with Europe, World War I, state formation, Arab-Israeli crisis, relations with the United States, rise and spread of political Islam. See HIST 131.


126, 146 Elementary Arabic 4 cr

Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic, also known as classical Arabic. This two-semester course covers the basics in first-year Arabic; study of the alphabet, sounds, and writing style, and development of basic grammatical structures and communication skills. Students read and write short passages on various real-life situations. ARABIC 126 or consent of instructor required for ARABIC 146.

226, 246 Intermediate Arabic 4 cr

The second year of Modern Standard Arabic; expanding the grammatical and syntactical structures necessary for reading basic forms of literary Arabic. Samples include: newspaper excerpts, short stories, descriptive narratives. Emphasis also placed on writing short essays and developing oral skills, using a broader range of regular and irregular verbs. At the end of the second semester, students examine a range of Arabic news broadcasts. ARABIC 146 or consent of instructor required for ARABIC 246.

326, 346 Advanced Arabic

Focuses on reading sustained samples of Arabic prose in various fieldsófiction, biography, history, journalism, political critiques. Students explore a range of complex grammatical structures and idiomatic expressions in these texts. Equal emphasis placed in reading, writing, speaking, and oral comprehension. ARABIC 326 or consent of instructor required for ARABIC 346.

391 Modern Arabic Literature in Translation

A representative sample of modern Arabic poems, short stories, novels and plays, with a brief account of the critical background of the various genres. Class discussions concentrate on the students' appreciations of the texts assigned.

Note: Internships may take the place of upper-level courses at the rate of 1-3 cr for the minor and 1-6 cr for the major.

Middle Eastern Studies | Courses | Judaic & Near Eastern Studies Faculty