Courses

Syllabi

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Winter 2024

*Subject to Change*

ARAB 1.20 (10) Intensive Arabic. Bouba
ARAB 2 (9S) Beginning Arabic. Chahboun & Ouajjani
ARAB 42 (ARR) Advanced Arabic. Kadhim (LIT, NW)
ARAB 59 (ARR) Advanced Independent Study in Arabic. El-Ariss (LIT, NW)
HEBR 2 (9L) Beginning Hebrew. Ben-Yehuda
HEBR 59 (ARR) Advanced Independent Study in Hebrew. El-Ariss (LIT, NW)
MES 1.01 (12) Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies. Reinhart (LIT, NW)
MES 4.02 (10A) History of Technology in the Middle East. Simon (NW)
MES 7.03  FYS (2A) Jerusalem: Vision and Reality. Glinert (INT or SOC, NW)
MES 10.10/JWST 45(2A) Soundscapes of the Middle East. Simon (INT or ART, NW)
MES 12.09/GOVT 40.09/JWST 40.01 (10A) Politics of Israel and Palestine. Fishere (INT or SOC, NW)
MES 16.11(3B) From Genesis to Seinfeld: Jewish Humor and its Roots. Glinert (LIT, W)
MES 16.15/HIST 94.08/*JWST 10 (6B) History and Culture of the Jews I: The Classical Period. Greenblatt (SOC, W)
MES 17.20/REL 16.05 (10) The Qur'an and the Prophet. Silkaitis (TMV, NW) 
MES 17.21/REL 16.06 (2A) Sufism: The Mystical Tradition of Islam. Silkaitis (TMV,W)
MES 17.22/JWST 36.04*(10) The Qur'an in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Ben-Tov (INT or SOC, W)
MES 85 (ARR) Independent Research.  El-Ariss 
MES 88 (ARR) Senior Honors Part 1 Thesis El-Ariss 

Spring 2024

*Subject to Change* 

ARAB 3 (9S) Beginning Arabic. ChahbounOuajjani
ARAB 23 (10) Intermediate Arabic. Ouajjani (NW)
ARAB 34 (10) Media Arabic. Chahboun (LIT, NW)
ARAB 43 (ARR) Advanced Arabic. Kadhim (LIT, NW)
HEBR 3 (9L) Beginning Hebrew. Ben-Yehuda
MES 1.01 (12) Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies. Smolin (INT or SOC, NW)
MES 2.03/HIST 4.03 (2) Introduction to the Modern Middle East and North Africa. Simon (SOC, NW)
MES 4.01/GOVT 40.23 (2A) Energy and Society in the Middle East and North Africa. Vandewalle/Elias (INT, NW)
MES 5.01 (11) Identity and Representation in the Middle East. Smolin (INT, NW)
MES 6.02/REL 16.01 (10) An Introduction to Islam. Silkaitis (TMV, NW)
MES 7.06 FYS (2A) American Middle Eastern Dilemmas. Fishere
MES 9.02 (2) Introduction to Classical Arabic Literature. Kadhim (INT or LIT, NW) 
MES 12.05/GOVT 60.17 (10A) Arab Political Thought. Fishere (INT or SOC, NW)
MES 13.14/REL 16.08 (2) Shi'i Islam. Silkaitis (TMV, NW) 
MES 15.11/JWST 44.01/FILM 42.19 (3B) The Middle East in Film: Picturing The Past and Present. Simon
MES 16.42/ARTH 10.03 (12) Art in Egypt. Kangas (ART, NW)
MES 17.19/JWST 42.11/HUM 3.06 (6B) The Arab, The Jew, and the Construction of Modernity. El-Ariss/Heschel (INT or LIT, NW)
MES 85 (ARR) Independent Research. El-Ariss
MES 89 (ARR) Senior Honors Thesis part 2. El-Ariss 

Summer 2024

*Subject to Change* 

MES 59.01 (ARR) Independent Advanced Study in Arabic Language and Literature. El-Ariss
HEBR 59 (ARR) Independent Advanced Study in Hebrew Language and Literature. El-Ariss 
MES 12.09/JWST 40.01/GOVT 40.09 (TBD) Politics of Israel/Palestine. Sayed Kashua (INT or SOC, NW)

MES 12.13/*HIST 70.02 (12) Modern Iran. Nikpour (SOC, NW)
MES 19.04/*HIST 70/WGSS 24.02 (2) Gender and the Modern Middle East and North Africa. Nikpour (SOC, NW)

MES 17.08/*JWST 74.01/REL 57.02 (TBD) The Jewish Jesus. Harkins (TMV, W)
MES 19.05/REL 28.04/WGSS 43.06 (3B) Gender and Islam. Ayubi (TMV, NW)
MES 85 (ARR) Independent Research. El-Ariss

 

Fall 2024

*Subject to Change* 

ARAB 01 (9S) First Yr Courses in Arabic. Chahboun
ARAB 1 (9S) First Yr Courses in Arabic. Ouajjani
ARAB 22 (10) Intermediate Arabic. Bouba (LIT, NW)
ARAB 031 (10) Advanced Arabic. Ouajjani (NW)
ARAB 41 (ARR) Advanced Arabic. Kadhim (LIT, NW)
ARAB 59 (ARR) Advanced Independent Study in Arabic. El-Ariss (LIT, NW)
HEB 001 (9L) First Year Courses in Hebrew. Ben-Yehuda (TBD)
HEB 21 (10) Int. Hebrew. Ben-Yehuda
HEB 59 (ARR) Advanced Independent Study in Hebrew Language and Literature. El-Ariss (LIT, NW)
MES 1.01 (12) Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies. Smolin (INT or SOC, NW)
MES 08.01/GOVT 40.25 (6B) Introduction to Middle East Politics. Fishere (INT or SOC, NW)
MES 12.09/JWST 40.01/GOVT 40.09 (2A) Politics of Israel & Palestine. Fishere & Avishai (INT or SOC, NW)
MES 15.11/JWST 44.01 (6B) The Middle East in Film: Picturing the Past and Present. Simon (ART, NW)
MES 16.30 (2) Modern Arabic Fiction. Smolin (LIT, NW)
MES 16.43 (TBD) The Thousand and One Nights at the Movies: The History of Film Adaptations of the Arabian Nights. Kadhim (INT or LIT or ART, NW)
MES 85 (ARR) Independent Research. El-Ariss

Winter 2025

*Subject to Change* 

Arab 01.20 (10) Intensive Arabic. Bouba (TBD)
ARAB 2 (9S) First Yr Courses in Arabic. Chahboun 
ARAB 2 (9S) First Yr Courses in Arabic. Ouajjani
ARAB 42 (ARR) Advanced Arabic. Kadhim (LIT, NW)
ARAB 59 (ARR) Advanced Independent Study in Arabic. El-Ariss (LIT, NW)
HEB 002 (9L) First Year Courses in Hebrew. Ben-Yehuda
HEB 59 (ARR) Advanced Independent Study in Hebrew. El-Ariss (LIT, NW)
MES 1.01 (12) Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies. Smolin (INT or SOC, NW)
MES 4.02 (10A) History of Technology in the Middle East. Simon (NW)
MES 7.03 (2A) Jerusalem: Vision and Reality. Glinert (LIT, NW)
MES 10.10/JWST 45 (2A) Soundscapes of the Middle East. Simon (INT or ART, NW)
MES 12.03 (2) Egyptian Culture, Society and Politics. Smolin (SOC, W)
MES 12.09/GOV 40.09/JWST 40.01 (2A) Politics of Israel and Palestine. Magid (INT or SOC, NW)
MES 16.08/COLT 40.09*/WGSS 46.06 (3B) Women and War in Literature and Film. Morsi (INT or LIT, NW)
MES 16.11 (3B) From Genesis to Seinfeld: Jewish Humor and its Roots. Glinert (LIT, W)
MES 16.15/HIST 94.08/JWST 10* (6B) History and Culture of the Jews I: The Classical Period. Greenblatt (SOC, W) 
MES 18.04/*ARTH 31.03 (TBD) Arts of Islam. Agarwala (ART, NW)

MES 85 (ARR) Independent Research. El-Ariss
MES 88 (ARR) Senior Honors Thesis Part 1. El-Ariss
MES xx (TBD) Conflict Resolution. Dajani NEW COURSE!
MES xx (TBD) Israel/Palestine: The UN and International Law. Dajani NEW COURSE!

Spring 2025

*Subject to Change* 

ARAB 03 (9S) Beginning Arabic. Chahboun
ARAB 03 (9S) Beginning Arabic. Ouajjani
Arab 023 (10) Intermediate Arabic. Ouajjani
Arab 34 (10) Media Arabic. Chahboun (LIT, NW)
ARAB 43 (ARR) Advanced Independent Study in Arabic. Kadhim 
HEB 3 (9L) Beginning Hebrew. Ben-Yehuda 
MES 1.01 (12) Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies. Smolin (INT or SOC, NW)
MES 2.03/HIST 4.03* (2) Introduction to Modern Middle East and North Africa. Simon (SOC, NW)
MES 4.01/GOVT 40.23 (2A) Energy and Society in the Middle East and North Africa. Elias & Vandewalle (INT, NW)

MES 6.02/REL 16.01 (2A) Intro to Islam. Ayubi (TMV, NW)
MES 7 (2A) America and the Middle East. Fishere FYS
MES 9.02 (2) Introduction to Classical Arabic Literature. Kadhim (INT or LIT, NW) 
MES 12.05/GOVT 60.17 (10A) Arab Political Thought. Fishere (INT or SOC, NW)
MES 15.13/COLT 35.06* (3B) Sufism as World Literature. Morsi (INT or LIT, NW)
MES 16.03/LING 11.03 (2A) Curses, Compliments and Secrets: Verbal Behavior in the Middle East. Glinert (INT or SOC, CI)
MES 16.12/GOV 40.030 (10A) Language, Politics and Power in the Middle East. Glinert (INT or SOC, CI)
MES 17.19/HUM 3.06*/JWST 42.11 (6B) The Arab, The Jew and the Construction of Modernity. Heschel & El-Ariss (INT/LIT, NW)
MES 19.03/COLT 53.06*/WGSS 24.01 (3A) Arab Feminism. Morsi (INT or LIT, NW)
MES 81.02 (2) The New Arabic Novel. Smolin (LIT, NW)
MES 85 (ARR) Independent Research. El-Ariss
MES 89 (ARR) Senior Honor Thesis Part 2. El-Ariss
MES xxxx (2A) Media and Cultural Politics in the Middle East. Simon NEW COURSE!