Courses

To see a complete list of courses offered and their descriptions, visit the online course catalog. Students can register for courses on the Student Information Services (SIS) website.

Note that courses other than those listed below may be approved by the Islamic Studies DUS for credit toward the minor in Islamic Studies.

AS.375.115 - First Year Arabic

Introductory course in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Modern Standard Arabic. Presents basic grammatical structures and a basic vocabulary. Through oral-aural drill in classroom, tapes in Language Laboratory, and reading/writing exercises, students attain a basic level of competence on which they can build in subsequent years of study. No Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory

Credits: 4.50
Instructor: Jafire, Sana
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM, TTh 12:00PM - 12:50PM
Status: Open

AS.070.372 - Religion and Media

This course examines the ways in which conventional and non-conventional media recreate or transform religious experience in modern life. Increasingly, religion is experienced not only in sacred spaces and as ritual prescriptions, but also through the information that is disseminated through radio, TV, and the Internet, as well as in consumer culture and political speeches. Beginning with this proposition that our ideas about religion are shaped not only by historical and scriptural legacies, but as well as by material practices and other sundry conditions of mediation, of which our present times supply many, we will reexamines how questions of revelation, belief, spirituality, ethereality, and ritual practice are constituted by these irreducible ways, thus complicating the neat separation of religion and secularism, or, for that matter, religion and culture.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Bagaria, Swayam
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Status: Open

AS.194.101 - Introduction to Islam

Study of Islam, its beliefs and practices in their historical development, from the preaching of Muhammad to the end of the Middle Ages, providing a historically-grounded understanding of Islam

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Ferrario, Gabriele
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MWF 1:30PM - 2:20PM
Status: Open

AS.375.301 - Third Year Arabic

Designed to enhance students' ability to read, discuss, and write about various topics covered in traditional and contemporary Arabic texts. Recommended Course Background: AS.375.216 or equivalent.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Jafire, Sana
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM
Status: Open

AS.375.215 - Second Year Arabic

Designed to bring students up to competency level required for third/fourth year Arabic. Students will consolidate and expand their mastery of the four basic skills acquired in AS.375.115-116. More authentic material--written, audio, and visual--will be used, and culture will be further expanded on as a fifth skill. Recommended Course Background: AS.375.115-116 or equivalent.

Credits: 4.00
Instructor: Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 9:00AM - 9:50AM, TTh 9:00AM - 9:50AM
Status: Open

AS.375.115 - First Year Arabic

Introductory course in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Modern Standard Arabic. Presents basic grammatical structures and a basic vocabulary. Through oral-aural drill in classroom, tapes in Language Laboratory, and reading/writing exercises, students attain a basic level of competence on which they can build in subsequent years of study. No Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory

Credits: 4.50
Instructor: Jafire, Sana
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MWF 9:00AM - 9:50AM, TTh 10:30AM - 11:20AM
Status: Open

AS.375.401 - Fourth Year Arabic

This is an introductory course to different periods of the Arabic literature. Selections of famous Arabic poetry and short prose works are the substance of the course.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
Status: Open

AS.070.267 - Culture, Religion and Politics in Iran

This is an introductory course for those interseted in gaining basic knowledge about contemporary Iran. The focus will be on culture and religion and the ways they in which they become interwoven into different kinds of political stakes.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Haeri, Niloofar
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: T 1:30PM - 3:50PM
Status: Waitlist Only

AS.375.215 - Second Year Arabic

Designed to bring students up to competency level required for third/fourth year Arabic. Students will consolidate and expand their mastery of the four basic skills acquired in AS.375.115-116. More authentic material--written, audio, and visual--will be used, and culture will be further expanded on as a fifth skill. Recommended Course Background: AS.375.115-116 or equivalent.

Credits: 4.00
Instructor: Staff
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: MW 12:00PM - 12:50PM, TTh 10:30AM - 11:20AM
Status: Open

AS.191.335 - Arab-Israeli Conflict (IR)

The course will focus on the origin and development of the Arab-Israeli conflict from its beginnings when Palestine was controlled by the Ottoman Empire, through World War I, The British Mandate over Palestine, and the first Arab-Israeli war (1947-1949). It will then examine the period of the Arab-Israeli wars of 1956, 1967, 1973, and 1982, the Palestinian Intifadas (1987-1993 and 2000-2005); and the development of the Arab-Israeli peace process from its beginnings with the Egyptian-Israeli treaty of 1979, the Oslo I and Oslo II agreements of 1993 and 1995, Israel's peace treaty with Jordan of 1994, the Road Map of 2003; and the periodic peace talks between Israel and Syria. The conflict will be analyzed against the background of great power intervention in the Middle East, the rise of political Islam and the dynamics of Intra-Arab politics, and will consider the impact of the Arab Spring.

Credits: 3.00
Instructor: Freedman, Robert
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: T 4:00PM - 6:30PM
Status: Open