Courses

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Winter 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 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.

ANE C165 – Egyptian Archaeology

Instructor: Willeke Wendrich

Seminar, three hours. Opportunity to research aspects of topics in ancient Egyptian archaeology. Topics vary each year. May be repeated for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C266. P/NP or letter grading.

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

Instructor: Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney

(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.

ANE M101C – Ancient Egyptian Temple and City of Thebes

Instructor: Jonathan Winnerman

(Same as Art History M110C.) Lecture, four hours; fieldwork, one hour. Focus on ancient temples of city of Thebes (modern day Luxor). Theban temples are some of best-preserved cult buildings in all of Egypt, and their study illuminates traditions of artistic representation, architectural development, and social and political transformations echoed throughout all of ancient Egypt. Investigation of ritual linking of temples on Nile’s eastern and western banks through festival processions, chronological changes in function and form of Theban temples through time, and statuary program of individual temples. P/NP or letter grading.

ANE M110B – Iranian Civilization: History of Arsacid (Parthian) Empire

Instructor: M. Rahim Shayegan

(Same as History M110B and Iranian M110B.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). From Hellenistic rule in Persia to Sasanian conquest. Emphasis on political history, state structure, empire’s religions, interactions with Hellenistic and Roman worlds. Further accent on Parthian conquest of Iran and Mesopotamia, Seleucid demise and Arsacid hegemony in East, Arsacid-Roman wars, rise of Sasanians. P/NP or letter grading.

ANE M50B – Origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Instructor: Carol Bakhos

(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 180 – Linguistics Analysis of Arabic

Instructor: Azza Ahmad

Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 102C. Linguistic description of Arabic in both its modern standard and dialect forms. Introduction to linguistic analysis of Arabic phonology, morphology, and syntax and to linguists’ approaches to specific problems posed by Arabic grammar and dialectology. 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.

Arabic M107 – Islam in West

Instructor: Asma Sayeed

(Same as Islamic Studies M107 and Religion M107.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Acquisition of understanding of basic doctrines and practices of Islam. Survey of history of Islam in West, with focus on U.S. and France. Analysis of issues relevant to growth and development of selected Muslim communities in West. Exposure to diverse expressions of Islam through independent research on Muslim communities and institutions in U.S. Development of strong analytical writing and speaking skills. P/NP or letter grading.

Arabic M148 – Contemporary Arab Film and Song

Instructor: Nouri Gana

(Same as Comparative Literature M148.) Seminar, three hours. Exploration of conjunctions between contemporary Arab film and song and between popular cultures and cultures of commitment (Iltizam), with possible focus on specific genres such as realist/neorealist Arab film; feminist Arab film or popular Arab film and song; topics such as nation, gender, and representation or democracy and human rights or censorship, reception, and resistance. Possible examination of various national cinemas such as Tunisian, Egyptian, Moroccan, Algerian, and Palestinian. Various musical genres such as Rai, Mizoued, and Hip-hop also examined in relation to emergence not only of national cinemas, national music industries, and iconic singers but also of video clip, satellite TV, star academy, and reality shows–all products of transnational and pan-Arab mass media. P/NP or letter grading.

Armenian 101B – Elementary Modern Western Armenian

Instructor: Hagop Kouloujian

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

Armenian 102B – 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.

Armenian 104B – Elementary Modern Eastern Armenian

Instructor: Anahid Keshishian

Lecture, five hours. Recommended requisite: course 104A. 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.

Armenian 105B – 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.

Armenian 106B – Armenian Society and Culture

Instructor: Anahid Keshishian

Lecture, four hours. Recommended requisite: course 105C. Students with knowledge of Eastern or Western Armenian (from elementary or high school) should contact instructor to determine appropriate enrollment level. Designed for students with advanced speaking fluency and reading abilities in Armenian. Discussion of contemporary Armenian social and cultural issues through readings from critical essays, editorials, short stories, and poems written since World War II and film showings. Emphasis on enhancing students’ self expression orally and in written form. Each course may be taken independently for credit. Letter grading.

Armenian C152 – Modern Armenian Drama as Vehicle for Social Critique

Instructor: S. Peter Cowe

Lecture, four hours. Readings of selected plays from 1668 to 1992 from three main genres of tragedy, comedy, and serious drama and featuring works by most significant Armenian playwrights, with focus on their role as commentators on contemporary mores and as agents for social reform. Concurrently scheduled with course C252. Letter grading.

Hebrew 102B – Intermediate Hebrew

Instructor: Nancy Ezer

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

Hebrew 188FL – Special Studies: Readings in Hebrew

Instructor: Jeremy Smoak

Seminar, two hours. Requisite: course 102C. Students must be concurrently enrolled in an affiliated main course. Primary readings and advanced training in Hebrew. Additional work in Hebrew to enrich and augment work assigned in main course, including reading, writing, and other exercises in Hebrew. P/NP or letter grading.

Hebrew 1B – Elementary Hebrew

Instructor: Nancy Ezer

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

Iranian 102B – Intermediate Persian

Instructor: Latifeh Hagigi

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

Iranian 103B – Advanced Persian: Introduction to Classical Persian Prose

Instructor: Domenico Ingenito

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 187 – Variable Topics in Iranian Studies

Instructor: M. Rahim Shayegan

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 1B – Elementary Persian

Instructor: Banafsheh Pourzangi

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

Iranian 20B – 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 20A. 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 220A – Classical Persian Texts

Instructor: Domenico Ingenito

Lecture, three hours. Requisites: courses 103A, 103B, 103C. Study of selected classical Persian texts. May be taken independently for credit.

Iranian M105B – Baha’i Faith in Iran: Survey of Baha’i Scriptures and Thought

Instructor: Nader Saiedi

(Same as Religion M105B.) Lecture, three hours. Readings in English. Analysis of major writings by Bab, Baha’u’llah, and ‘Abdu’l-Baha. Emphasis on mystical and social principles. May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

Iranian M110B – Iranian Civilization: History of Arsacid (Parthian) Empire

Instructor: M. Rahim Shayegan

(Same as Ancient Near East M110B and History M110B.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). From Hellenistic rule in Persia to Sasanian conquest. Emphasis on political history, state structure, empire’s religions, interactions with Hellenistic and Roman worlds. Further accent on Parthian conquest of Iran and Mesopotamia, Seleucid demise and Arsacid hegemony in East, Arsacid-Roman wars, rise of Sasanians. P/NP or letter grading.

Iranian M178 – Introduction to History and Culture of Iranian Jews

Instructor: Nahid Pirnazar

(Same as History M178 and Jewish Studies M178.) Lecture, three hours. Introduction to political, intellectual, cultural, and socioeconomic status of Iranian Jews. Exploration of history of Iranian Jews from ancient period throughout history, with focus on post-Middle Ages to present time. Topics, studied from perspective of Iranian cultural and intellectual history, include identity and status, religious tolerance versus forced conversion, Iranian Jewish emancipation, and dynamic symbiosis between Iranian Jews and other Iranians. P/NP or letter grading.

ISLM ST 151 – Contemporary Islamic Thought

Instructor: Luke Yarbrough

(Formerly numbered Islamics 151.) Lecture, 90 minutes; discussion, 90 minutes. Recommended requisite: course M110. Based on original writings of major Islamic thinkers in English translation, provides balanced picture of enormous ideological variety found in contemporary Muslim world. Examination of representative writings from wide spectrum of modern Islamic intellectuals and writers. Letter grading.

ISLM ST M107 – Islam in West

Instructor: Asma Sayeed

(Formerly numbered Islamics M107.) (Same as Arabic M107 and Religion M107.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Acquisition of understanding of basic doctrines and practices of Islam. Survey of history of Islam in West, with focus on U.S. and France. Analysis of issues relevant to growth and development of selected Muslim communities in West. Exposure to diverse expressions of Islam through independent research on Muslim communities and institutions in U.S. Development of strong analytical writing and speaking skills. P/NP or letter grading.

ISLM ST M111 – Introduction to Islamic Archaeology

Instructor: Katherine S. Burke

(Formerly numbered Islamics M111.) (Same as Art History M119C and Middle Eastern Studies M111.) Lecture, three hours. From earliest monuments of Islam in Arabia and Jerusalem to humble remains of small Egyptian port, broad focus on archaeological and standing remains in central Islamic lands (primarily Syria, Egypt, and Iraq), Turkey, Iran, North Africa, and Spain. Profound cultural transformations occurred from birth of Islam in 7th century to early Ottoman period in 16th and 17th centuries, which are traceable in material records. Assessment of effectiveness of tools afforded by historical archaeology to aid understanding of past societies. P/NP or letter grading.

Jewish 177 – Variable Topics in Jewish Studies

Instructor: Stein Kokin, D.

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 177 – Variable Topics in Jewish Studies: Jews at Origins of Islam

Instructor: Liran Yadgar

Designed for juniors/seniors. Exploration of Jewish history during early Islamic period, as reflected in Muslim and non-Muslim sources. Readings in Qur’an, biography of prophet Muhammad, Islamic history, and Jewish and Christian writings in order to study Jewish civilization in its contacts with Muhammad’s new religion. All readings in English.

Jewish M144 – Zionism: Ideology and Practice in Making of Jewish State

Instructor: Stein Kokin, D.

(Same as Middle Eastern Studies M144.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. History of Zionism on backdrop of European, world, and Jewish histories from ideological origins to political, cultural, and social foundations of State of Israel. P/NP or letter grading.

Jewish M150A – Hebrew Literature in English: Literary Traditions of Ancient Israel–Bible and Apocrypha

Instructor: Jeremy Smoak

(Same as Comparative Literature M101.) Lecture, three hours. Study of literary culture of ancient Israel through examination of principal compositional strategies of Hebrew Bible and Apocrypha (read in translation). May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

Jewish M151A – Modern Jewish Literature in English: Diaspora Literature

Instructor: The Staff

(Same as Comparative Literature M166.) Lecture, three hours. Study of literary responses of Jews to modernity, its challenges, and threats. Readings in texts originally written in English or translated from Hebrew, Yiddish, German, Russian, French, and Italian. Analysis of formal aspects of each work. May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

Jewish M178 – Introduction to History and Culture of Iranian Jews

Instructor: Nahid Pirnazar

(Same as History M178 and Iranian M178.) Lecture, three hours. Introduction to political, intellectual, cultural, and socioeconomic status of Iranian Jews. Exploration of history of Iranian Jews from ancient period throughout history, with focus on post-Middle Ages to present time. Topics, studied from perspective of Iranian cultural and intellectual history, include identity and status, religious tolerance versus forced conversion, Iranian Jewish emancipation, and dynamic symbiosis between Iranian Jews and other Iranians. P/NP or letter grading.

MES 177 – Variable Topics in Middle Eastern Studies

Instructor: Beyza Lorenz

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.

MES M111 – Introduction to Islamic Archaeology

Instructor: Katherine S. Burke

(Same as Art History M119C and Islamic Studies M111.) Lecture, three hours. From earliest monuments of Islam in Arabia and Jerusalem to humble remains of small Egyptian port, broad focus on archaeological and standing remains in central Islamic lands (primarily Syria, Egypt, and Iraq), Turkey, Iran, North Africa, and Spain. Profound cultural transformations occurred from birth of Islam in 7th century to early Ottoman period in 16th and 17th centuries, which are traceable in material records. Assessment of effectiveness of tools afforded by historical archaeology to aid understanding of past societies. P/NP or letter grading.

MES M133 – Bible and Qur’an

Instructor: Carol Bakhos

(Same as Religion M133.) Lecture, three hours. Survey of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, and Qur’an to familiarize students with content of scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and sociocultural background from which these multifarious texts emerged, and to explore major themes and consider variety of approaches to scripture. Development of appreciation for role scripture plays in these religious systems and in American culture and society. P/NP or letter grading.

MES M144 – Zionism: Ideology and Practice in Making of Jewish State

Instructor: Stein Kokin, D.

(Same as Jewish Studies M144.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. History of Zionism on backdrop of European, world, and Jewish histories from ideological origins to political, cultural, and social foundations of State of Israel. P/NP or letter grading.

MES M50B – Origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Instructor: Carol Bakhos

(Same as Ancient Near East 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.

Semitic 140B – Elementary Akkadian

Instructor: Barbara Cifola

Lecture, three hours. Elementary grammar and reading of texts in standard Babylonian.

Turkic 101B – Elementary Turkish

Instructor: Ceyda Steele

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

Turkic 102B – 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.