Courses

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Spring 2019

  • AN N EA 10W - Jerusalem: Holy City

    Instructor(s): William SchniedewindWilliam StallsJeremy WilliamsAnatolii TokmantcevMarilyn LoveJason PriceAaron SamuelsChristopher Prejean

    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 M110C - Iranian Civilization: History of Early Sasanian Empire--From Ardashir I to Rise of Peroz (circa 224-459 CE)

    Instructor(s): Jacob Nabel

    (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 M130 - Ancient Egyptian Religion

    Instructor(s): Jordan GalczynskiAmr ShahatWillemina WendrichSahar ElzahedJoshua Bocher

    (Same as Religion M132.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Introduction to religious beliefs, practices, and sentiments of ancient Egypt to study Egyptian religion as coherent system of thought and sphere of action that once served as meaningful and relevant framework for understanding physical reality and human life for inhabitants of Nile Valley. General principles as well as developments through time (circa 3000 BC to 300 CE). Topics include mythology, temple and cult, magic, and personal piety. P/NP or letter grading.

  • AN N EA M135 - Religion in Ancient Israel

    Instructor(s): Jeremy Smoak

    (Same as Religion M135.) Lecture, three hours. Introductory survey of various ancient Israelite religious beliefs and practices, their origin, and development, with special attention to diversity of religious practice in ancient Israel and Canaan during 1st millennium BCE. P/NP or letter grading.

  • AN N EA 162 - Archaeology, Identity, and Bible

    Instructor(s): Amy KarollNicholas SchulteAaron Burke

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Introduction of archaeological record of southern Levant (ancient Israel) from Bronze Age through Achaemenid Period (ca. 2500-332 BC) in combination with current understandings of genre, authorship, and historical value of Hebrew Bible. Ancient Israelite identities are traced through combination of archaeological and textual sources. Social, religious, and political traditions of ancient Israel and Judah are interpreted in context of both earlier Bronze Age traditions and Israel's Iron Age neighbors. Archaeological and textual data for identities, such as Amorites, Canaanites, Phoenicians, Egyptians, Assyrians, and Babylonians, form basis for evaluating construction and maintenance of various biblical identities. Introduction to theoretical and methodological issues involving historical archaeology of ancient Israel and Levant, and possibilities for investigating negotiation of identity in archaeological record. P/NP or letter grading.

  • AN N EA CM163 - Archaeology of Iran

    Instructor(s): Seyed-ali Mousavi

    (Same as Iranian CM163.) Lecture, three hours. Designed to introduce students to Iranian archaeology from prehistoric through Achaemenid times. Concurrently scheduled with course CM259. P/NP or letter grading.

  • AN N EA 175 - Conceptions of Race in Ancient Egypt

    Instructor(s): Jonathan Winnerman

    Lecture, three hours; discussions, one hour. Exploration of how racial hierarchies are created and maintained within context of ancient Egyptian culture. Race of ancient Egyptians is still at stake and tied to larger issues of racial and ethnic inequalities, prejudices, and oppression. Examination of modern issues invites comparison with conception of race in ancient world, which was not necessarily equivalent to our own. By consulting diverse group perspectives, including those of early scholars, contemporary anthropologists, Afrocentrist scholars and artists, Hebrew Bible, ancient Egyptian evidence, and ancient Nubian evidence, conception of race is revealed to be complex, fluid, and contradictory. These conceptions were and are used to construct variety of equally contradictory hierarchies, often based on same evidence. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARABIC 1C - Elementary Standard Arabic

    Instructor(s): Azza AhmadChristine Thomassian

    Lecture, six hours. Enforced requisite: course 1B. 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.

  • ARABIC 102C - Intermediate Standard Arabic

    Instructor(s): Abeer HamzaRory Macdonald

    Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 102B. 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 103C - Advanced Arabic

    Instructor(s): Abeer Hamza

    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 150 - Classical Arabic Literature in English

    Instructor(s): Michael Cooperson

    Lecture, three hours. Readings in English; knowledge of Arabic not required. Survey of premodern Arabic cultural production in its political, religious, and social contexts. Coverage of pre-Islamic Arabia, rise of Islam, and major themes of Southwest Asian history, along with significant figures and moments in literature and culture of premodern period. Consideration of selected modern responses to Arabic tradition. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARABIC M151 - Modern Arabic Literature in English

    Instructor(s): Nouri Gana

    (Same as Comparative Literature M167.) Lecture, three hours. Designed for upper-division literature majors. Topics may include constructions of otherness in modern Arab culture; East-West debate; memory, trauma, and mourning; violence, narrative, and ethics; globalization, oil, and cultural insurgency; Arab culture in transnational context or questions of reception, exoticism, translation, and marketing. Genres may include prison narratives; novel of terror; memoirs by women and/or by refugees and exiles; 19th- and 20th-century travel narratives; Arabic romantic poetry; literature of pre-1948; rise of Arab novel. Areas may range from generic look at Arab world to narrow focus on Maghreb or one country such as Algeria, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, or Egypt. May also be organized around Arab literatures written in one specific language, namely English, Arabic, or French. Letter grading.

  • ARMENIA 101C - Elementary Modern Western Armenian

    Instructor(s): Hagop Kouloujian

    Lecture, five hours. Recommended requisite: course 101B. Students with knowledge of Armenian should contact instructor to determine appropriate enrollment level. Armenian grammar, conversation, and exercises. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARMENIA 102C - Intermediate Modern Western Armenian

    Instructor(s): Hagop Kouloujian

    Lecture, five hours. Recommended requisite: course 1C. Students with knowledge of Eastern or Western Armenian (from elementary or high school) should contact instructor to determine appropriate enrollment level. Reading of selected texts, composition, and conversation. May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARMENIA 104C - Elementary Modern Eastern Armenian

    Instructor(s): Anahid Keshishian

    Lecture, five hours. Recommended requisite: course 104B. Students with knowledge of Western Armenian should contact instructor to determine appropriate enrollment level. Designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of Eastern Armenian, official idiom of Republic of Armenia. Introduction to basics of grammar and conversation. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARMENIA 105C - Intermediate Modern Eastern Armenian

    Instructor(s): Anahid Keshishian

    Lecture, five hours. Recommended requisite: course 4C. Students with knowledge of Eastern or Western Armenian (from elementary or high school) should contact instructor to determine appropriate enrollment level. Continuing introduction to Armenian grammar, with greater attention to readings from short stories and simple newspaper articles and film viewing on video. Emphasis on improving students' self expression in idiom, both orally and in written form. May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARMENIA M134 - Introduction to Armenian Music

    Instructor(s): Karenn Presti

    (Same as Ethnomusicology M134 and Music M134.) Lecture, three hours. Some amount of formal music study and experience as vocalist or instrumentalist desirable but not essential. Introduction to history, tradition, and scope of music of Armenia. Focus on number of different genres and approaches, and interactions between music and culture, society, and history. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARMENIA C153 - Art, Politics, and Nationalism in Modern Armenian Literature

    Instructor(s): Peter Cowe

    Lecture, four hours. Examination of role of literature in modern Armenian society in service to cause or causes, as propaganda for various ideologies, as art for art's sake, etc. Exploration of contrasting aesthetics implicit in these differing interpretations. Concurrently scheduled with course C253. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ARMENIA 188 - Variable Topics in Armenian

    Instructor(s): Hagop Kouloujian

    Lecture, four hours. Departmentally sponsored experimental or temporary courses, such as those taught by visiting faculty members. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

  • HEBREW 1C - Elementary Hebrew

    Instructor(s): Nancy Ezer

    Lecture, four hours; laboratory, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 1B or Hebrew placement test. Not open to native speakers. Introduction to modern Hebrew, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. P/NP or letter grading.

  • HEBREW 102C - Intermediate Hebrew

    Instructor(s): Nancy Ezer

    Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 102B or Hebrew placement test. Not open to native speakers. Amplification of grammar; reading of texts from modern literature. P/NP or letter grading.

  • HEBREW C140 - Modern Hebrew Poetry and Prose

    Instructor(s): Lev Hakak

    Lecture, three hours. Requisites: courses 103A, 103B, and 103C, or equivalent knowledge of Hebrew. Study of major Hebrew writers of past 100 years. May be repeated for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C240. Letter grading.

  • IRANIAN 1C - Elementary Persian

    Instructor(s): Banafsheh PourzangiM Shayegan

    Lecture, six hours. Enforced requisite: course 1B. Not open to students with prior knowledge of Persian. P/NP or letter grading.

  • IRANIAN 20C - Accelerated Elementary Persian

    Instructor(s): Latifeh Hagigi

    Lecture, four hours; discussion two hours; laboratory, 30 minutes per day. Preparation: some knowledge of spoken Persian. Enforced requisite: course 20B. Intensive and thorough study of fundamental structure of Persian grammar; reading from a wide range of classical and modern poetry and prose compositions. P/NP or letter grading.

  • IRANIAN 102C - Intermediate Persian

    Instructor(s): Latifeh Hagigi

    Lecture, six hours. Requisite: course 102B. P/NP or letter grading.

  • IRANIAN 103C - Advanced Persian: Introduction to Contemporary Persian Poetry and Prose

    Instructor(s): Ahmad Karimi-hakkak

    Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 102C. Students who do exceptionally well in course 20C may be permitted to enroll with consent of instructor. May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • IRANIAN M105C - Baha'i Faith in Iran: 20th Century Iran and the Baha'is

    Instructor(s): Nader Saiedi

    (Same as Religion M105C.) Lecture, three hours. Readings in English. Focus on history of 20th-century Iran beginning with constitutional revolution, development and persecution of Baha'i community, and latter's relation to reform movements in Iran. May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • IRANIAN M110C - Iranian Civilization: History of Early Sasanian Empire--From Ardashir I to Rise of Peroz (circa 224-459 CE)

    Instructor(s): Jacob Nabel

    (Same as Ancient Near East M110C and History 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.

  • IRANIAN 131 - Introduction to Judeo-Persian: Literature and Culture

    Instructor(s): Nahid Pirnazar

    Lecture, three hours. Preparation: knowledge of Persian equivalent to course 102C. Introduction to history of Judeo-Persian literature and culture to prepare students to read Judeo-Persian texts. P/NP or letter grading.

  • IRANIAN CM163 - Archaeology of Iran

    Instructor(s): Seyed-ali Mousavi

    (Same as Ancient Near East CM163.) Lecture, three hours. Designed to introduce students to Iranian archaeology from prehistoric through Achaemenid times. Concurrently scheduled with course CM259. P/NP or letter grading.

  • IRANIAN 189HC - Honors Contracts

    Instructor(s): Latifeh Hagigi

    Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to upper-division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

  • ISLM ST M112 - Archaeology and Art of Christian and Islamic Egypt

    Instructor(s): Katherine Burke

    (Same as Archaeology M112, Art History M119D, and Middle Eastern Studies M112.) Lecture, three hours. Culture of Egypt transformed gradually after Muslim conquest in mid-7th century CE. According to material evidence such as ceramics, textiles, architectural forms, and building techniques, it is functionally impossible to separate pre-Islamic Christian Egypt from early Islamic Egypt. Although population may have become largely Muslim by 10th century, Egypt remained Coptic in many senses even to 14th century and retains sizeable Christian minority to present. Survey of archaeological remains and standing architecture of Egypt from 6th to 19th century, charting changes and continuities in material culture and shifts in human geography and land use. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ISLM ST M115 - Islam and Other Religions

    Instructor(s): Cameron ZargarHolly RobinsLuke YarbroughTimothy GarrettEvan Metzger

    (Formerly numbered M50.) (Same as Religion M115.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Students gain familiarity with historical cases and modes of interaction between Muslims and non-Muslims in plural societies. Consideration of axis questions such as how does Qur'an reflect religious plurality; how does it situate Islam vis-à-vis its alternatives; what encounters did rapid expansion of Islam bring about in diverse societies; how did Islam and other religions change through debate, war, and exchange of ideas; what roles has political power played in conditioning interreligious interaction; how have conversion and hybridity affected what it means to be Muslim; what is different about interreligious interactions in secular states and societies; and how is past invoked to justify opinions and policies today. Investigation of these questions by conducting microstudies: close readings of sources through theoretical lens. P/NP or letter grading.

  • JEWISH M142 - Modern Israel: Politics, Society, Culture

    Instructor(s): Shaiel Ben-ephraim

    (Same as Middle Eastern Studies M142.) Lecture, three hours. Examination of evolution of Israel--its changing society, volatile domestic and foreign politics, and dynamic culture--from its foundation in 1948 to present, in context of global political and cultural change and changing Jewish world. Tension between Israel's conception of itself as Jewish state and fact that it is home to wide variety of ethnic and religious groups and to great diversity of cultures; that it was envisaged as safe haven for Jewish people but has been characterized by insecurity and ongoing war; that, founded as democracy, it contends with multiple strains on its democratic system, such as tensions between Jews and Arabs, secular and religious Jews, and disparate ethnic groups. P/NP or letter grading.

  • JEWISH M155 - Angels, Demons, and End of World: Magic, Mysticism, and Apocalypse in Jewish Traditions

    Instructor(s): Catherine Bonesho

    (Same as Religion M155.) Lecture, three hours. Focus on popular Jewish traditions of magic, mysticism, apocalypse, and various contours of Judaism's textual and material traditions in antiquity. Examination of texts and objects from Hebrew Bible to modern discussions of Kabbalah and end of world, concentrating on Jewish antiquity. Discussion of texts, including Hebrew Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, extra-biblical Jewish texts, New Testament, and rabbinic and later Jewish literature. Discussion of sociohistorical context in order to decipher features and functions of magic, mysticism, and apocalypse in antiquity and modernity. P/NP or letter grading.

  • JEWISH 177 - Variable Topics in Jewish Studies

    Instructor(s): Omri AsscherDaniel Stein Kokin

    Lecture, three hours. Variable topics; consult Schedule of Classes for topics to be offered in specific term. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

  • JEWISH M184B - History of Anti-Semitism

    Instructor(s): David Myers

    (Same as History M184B.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Designed for juniors/seniors. Survey of origins and historical development of anti-Semitism. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M E STD M112 - Archaeology and Art of Christian and Islamic Egypt

    Instructor(s): Katherine Burke

    (Same as Archaeology M112, Art History M119D, and Islamic Studies M112.) Lecture, three hours. Culture of Egypt transformed gradually after Muslim conquest in mid-7th century CE. According to material evidence such as ceramics, textiles, architectural forms, and building techniques, it is functionally impossible to separate pre-Islamic Christian Egypt from early Islamic Egypt. Although population may have become largely Muslim by 10th century, Egypt remained Coptic in many senses even to 14th century and retains sizeable Christian minority to present. Survey of archaeological remains and standing architecture of Egypt from 6th to 19th century, charting changes and continuities in material culture and shifts in human geography and land use. P/NP or letter grading.

  • M E STD M142 - Modern Israel: Politics, Society, Culture

    Instructor(s): Shaiel Ben-ephraim

    (Same as Jewish Studies M142.) Lecture, three hours. Examination of evolution of Israel--its changing society, volatile domestic and foreign politics, and dynamic culture--from its foundation in 1948 to present, in context of global political and cultural change and changing Jewish world. Tension between Israel's conception of itself as Jewish state and fact that it is home to wide variety of ethnic and religious groups and to great diversity of cultures; that it was envisaged as safe haven for Jewish people but has been characterized by insecurity and ongoing war; that, founded as democracy, it contends with multiple strains on its democratic system, such as tensions between Jews and Arabs, secular and religious Jews, and disparate ethnic groups. P/NP or letter grading.

  • NR EAST M20 - Visible Language: Study of Writing

    Instructor(s): Jeremy SmoakJaida KeaveneyMegan RemingtonElizabeth VandykeThomas Motter

    (Same as Asian M20, Indo-European Studies M20, Slavic M20, and Southeast Asian M20.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Consideration of concrete means of language representation in writing systems. Earliest representations of language known are those of Near East dating to end of 4th millennium BC. While literate civilizations of Egypt, Indus Valley, China, and Mesoamerica left little evidence of corresponding earliest developments, their antiquity and, in case of China and Mesoamerica, their evident isolation mark these centers as loci of independent developments in writing. Basic characteristics of early scripts, assessment of modern alphabetic writing systems, and presentation of conceptual basis of semiotic language representation. Origins and development of early non-Western writing systems. How Greco-Roman alphabet arose in 1st millennium BC and how it compares to other modern writing systems. P/NP or letter grading.

  • TURKIC 101C - Elementary Turkish

    Instructor(s): Beyza LorenzCeyda Steele

    Lecture, five hours. Requisite: course 101B. Grammar, reading, conversation, and elementary composition drills. P/NP or letter grading.

  • TURKIC 102C - Advanced Turkish

    Instructor(s): Beyza Lorenz

    Lecture, five hours. Requisites: courses 101A, 101B, 101C. Continuing study of grammar, conversation, and composition. Readings in modern literature and social science texts. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.