Courses

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Spring 2019

ANE 10W – Jerusalem: Holy City

Instructor: Jeremy Smoak

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.

ANE 162 – Archaeology, Identity, and Bible

Instructor: Aaron A. 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.

ANE 175 – Conceptions of Race in Ancient Egypt

Instructor: 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.

ANE CM163 – Archaeology of Iran

Instructor: 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.

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

Instructor: Ali Mousavi

(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.

ANE M130 – Ancient Egyptian Religion

Instructor: Willeke Wendrich

(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.

ANE M135 – Religion in Ancient Israel

Instructor: 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.

Arabic 102C – Intermediate Standard Arabic

Instructor: Abeer Hamza (Mohamed)

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: 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 150 – Classical Arabic Literature in English

Instructor: 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 1C – Elementary Standard Arabic

Instructor: Azza Ahmad

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 M151 – Modern Arabic Literature in English

Instructor: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 188 – Variable Topics in Armenian

Instructor: S. Peter Cowe

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.

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 M134 – Introduction to Armenian Music

Instructor: Presti, K.A.

(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.

Hebrew 102C – Intermediate Hebrew

Instructor: 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 1C – Elementary Hebrew

Instructor: 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 C140 – Modern Hebrew Poetry and Prose

Instructor: 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 102C – Intermediate Persian

Instructor: 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: 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 131 – Introduction to Judeo-Persian: Literature and Culture

Instructor: 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 187 – Variable Topics in Iranian Studies

Instructor: The Staff

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.

Iranian 1C – Elementary Persian

Instructor: Banafsheh Pourzangi

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: 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 CM163 – Archaeology of Iran

Instructor: 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 M105C – Baha’i Faith in Iran: 20th Century Iran and the Baha’is

Instructor: 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: Ali Mousavi

(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.

Islamic Studies M112 – Archaeology and Art of Christian and Islamic Egypt

Instructor: Katherine S. 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.

Islamic Studies M115 – Islam and Other Religions

Instructor: Luke Yarbrough

History of cooperation, conflict, conversion, and hybridity between Muslims and non-Muslims in multi-religious and multi-ethnic societies, from the formation of Islam to the modern period. P/NP or letter grading.

Jewish Studies 177 – Variable Topics in Jewish Studies: American-Israeli Encounters

Instructor: Asscher, O.

As transnational turn in American studies has revealed, cultural influences can work both ways. As case in point, Israel–nation that has been greatly impacted by America–has exerted its own influence on varied aspects of American culture. Exploration of ways in which topics related to Israeli or Zionist identity were framed in such way as to meet cultural and ideological needs of America; and how, in turn, American culture was received–and often reframed–in Israeli discourse. Special focus on Jewish context of relationship. Exploration of how each Jewish community sought to establish its collective boundaries in response to challenge–and potential inspiration–represented by other.

Jewish Studies 177 – Variable Topics in Jewish Studies: Settlement in Israeli History

Instructor: Stein Kokin, D.

History of Zionism and Israel, it can be argued, is history of successive founding of different new kinds of communities: city (especially Tel Aviv), collective farm (kibbutz and moshav), development town (in periphery of country), and settlement (especially on West Bank). Indeed, in perhaps no other country do diverse–and at times, competing–forms of community exert such prominent influence on national psyche as in Israel. Examination of these various kinds of new communities. Exploration of political, social, and ideological contexts in which they emerged, and contribution they have made, both to Israel’s own identity and to its image in international arena.

Jewish Studies M142 – Modern Israel: Politics, Society, Culture

Instructor: Ben-Ephraim, S.M.

(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 Studies M155 – Angels, Demons, and End of World: Magic, Mysticism, and Apocalypse in Jewish Traditions

Instructor: 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 Studies M184B – History of Anti-Semitism

Instructor: Myers, D.N.

(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.

Middle Eastern Studies M112 – Archaeology and Art of Christian and Islamic Egypt

Instructor: Katherine S. 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.

Middle Eastern Studies M142 – Modern Israel: Politics, Society, Culture

Instructor: Ben-Ephraim, S.M.

(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.

Turkic 101C – Elementary Turkish

Instructor: Beyza Lorenz

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

Turkic 102C – Advanced Turkish

Instructor: 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.