Courses

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Winter 2018

AN N EA 10W – Jerusalem: Holy City

Instructor: William Schniedewind

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 12W. Survey of religious, political, and cultural history of Jerusalem over three millennia as symbolic focus of three faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Transformation of sacred space as reflected by literary and archaeological evidence through examination of testimony of artifacts, architecture, and iconography in relation to written word. Study of creation of mythic Jerusalem through event and experience. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

AN N EA 15 – Women and Power in Ancient World

Instructor: Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney

Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of how feminine power confronts masculine dominance within complex social systems in ancient world. To gain political power, some female rulers used their sexuality to gain access to important men. Other women gained their position as regents and helpers of masculine kings who were too young to rule. Others denied their femininity in dress and manner, effectively androgynizing themselves or pretending to be men so that their femininity would not be obstacle to political rule. Many women only gained throne at end of dynasties after male line had run out entirely, or in midst of civil war when patrilineal successions were in disarray. Women were sometimes only effective leaders left in drawn-out battles against imperial aggression. No women were able to gain reigns of power through their bloodlines alone. Women’s power was compromised from outset. Examination of root causes and results of this political inequality. P/NP or letter grading.

AN N EA 150B – Survey of Ancient Near Eastern Literatures in English: Egypt

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Lecture, three hours. Preparation: familiarity with Egyptian history. Enforced requisites: courses M103A, M103B. Survey of 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian literature. Reading of Egyptian texts in translation to study Egypt’s intellectual history and trace transformations in its construction of cultural identity. Topics include invention of writing, autobiography, wisdom texts, narratives, royal inscriptions, and hymns. Discussion of text analysis such as narratology. May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

AN N EA 220 – Ancient Mediterranean Economies

Instructor: Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney

Seminar, three hours. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

AN N EA 220 – Seminar: Ancient Egypt

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Seminar, three hours. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

AN N EA CM101B – Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt, New Kingdom to Greco-Roman Period

Instructor: Bethany Simpson

(Same as Art History M110B.) Lecture, three hours. Study of architecture, sculpture, painting, and minor arts from New Kingdom to Greco-Roman period. Concurrently scheduled with course C267B. P/NP or letter grading.

AN N EA M104A – History of Ancient Mesopotamia and Syria

Instructor: Barbara Cifola

(Same as History M104A.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Political and cultural development of Fertile Crescent, including Palestine, from Late Uruk to neo-Babylonian period. P/NP or letter grading.

AN N EA M110C – Iranian Civilization: History of Early Sasanian Empire — From Ardashir I to Rise of Peroz (circa 224-459 C.E.)

Instructor: The Staff

(Same as History M110C and Iranian M110C.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). From fall of Arsacids to Muslim conquest of Iran. Emphasis on political and economic history, evolution of state structure, empire’s religious landscape (Mazdism, Manicheism, Exilarchate, Church of Persia, Mazdakism), Persian and Roman/Byzantine interactions, Persia and East. Further accent on Persian-Roman conflicts and cooperation, Persia and Huns. P/NP or letter grading.

AN N EA M185D – Religions of Ancient Near East

Instructor: The Staff

(Same as History M185D and Religion M185D.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Main polytheistic systems of ancient Near East, with emphasis on Mesopotamia and Syria and with reference to religion of ancient Israel: varying concepts of divinity, hierarchies of gods, prayer and cult, magics, wisdom, and moral conduct. P/NP or letter grading.

AN N EA M50B – Origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Instructor: Bethany Simpson

(Same as Middle Eastern Studies M50B and Religion M50.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of three major monotheisms of Western cultures — Judaism, Christianity, and Islam — historically and comparatively. Development, teachings, and ritual practices of each tradition up to and including medieval period. Composition and development of various sacred texts, highlighting key themes and ideas within different historical and literary strata of traditions, such as mechanisms of revelation, struggle for religious authority, and common theological issues such as origin of evil and status of nonbelievers. Letter grading.

ARABIC 102B – Intermediate Standard Arabic

Instructor: Abeer Hamza (Mohamed)

Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 102A. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Arabic to qualify for more advanced courses. Intermediate formal Arabic, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. P/NP or letter grading.

ARABIC 103B – Advanced Arabic

Instructor: Abeer Hamza (Mohamed)

Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisites: courses 102A, 102B, 102C. Not open to students who have learned, from whatever source, enough Arabic to qualify for more advanced courses. Advanced formal Arabic, including grammar, composition, and readings from classical and modern texts. P/NP or letter grading.

ARABIC 130 – Classical Arabic Texts

Instructor: Abeer Hamza (Mohamed)

Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 103C. Readings from premodern literary texts, with grammatical and syntactical analysis. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.

ARABIC 1B – Elementary Standard Arabic

Instructor: Azza Ahmad

Lecture, six hours. Enforced requisite: course 1A. Not open to students with prior knowledge of Arabic. Introduction to formal Arabic (modern standard Arabic), including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. P/NP or letter grading.

Armenian 230B – Elementary Classical Armenian

Instructor: S. Peter Cowe

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 230A. Introduction to grammar of classical literary language (5th to mid-19th century) and guided readings in narrative prose texts. Letter grading.

Hebrew 210 – History of Hebrew Language

Instructor: William Schniedewind

Seminar, three hours. Development of Hebrew language in its classical period from archaic poetry through rabbinic Hebrew. Special attention to sociology of Hebrew: literacy, language ideology, register, dialect. S/U or letter grading.

ISLM ST 201 – Seminar: Methods & Approaches of Islamic Studies

Instructor: Asma Sayeed

(Formerly numbered Islamics 201.) Seminar, three hours. Preparation: good reading knowledge of Arabic, English, and one other Western language. Comprehensive coverage of Arabo-Islamic sciences that formed matrix of Islamic education. Survey of most recent developments in following disciplines: Arabic language and literature, Qur’anic sciences, traditions, jurisprudence, theology, and Sufism. Letter grading.

Semetic 210 – Ancient Aramaic Dialects (Talmudic)

Instructor: Yona Sabar

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 130. Reading of surviving inscriptions and papyri. Texts include Old Aramaic inscriptions, Egyptian Aramaic texts, Qumran Aramaic, and Targumic Aramaic. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.