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FYS: What Does It Mean to Be Religious? Creativity, Experience, and the Individual
AS.001.183 (01)

What do we mean when we say that something or someone is “religious?” Our First-Year Seminar unpacks this question through a comparative approach, and pays special attention to the ways in which this term has been applied to the study of Islamic cultures and Muslim experience. Through an exploration of the categories of experience, creativity and the individual, we offer a less presumptuous and more open-ended way of imagining the many things it may mean to be religious.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Haeri, Niloofar, Ziad, Homayra
  • Room: Gilman 413  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Script, Character, Scribble: Writing and Pseudo-Writing in Modern and Contemporary Art
AS.010.451 (01)

Almost readable, but not quite: artists in the twentieth and twenty-first century played with script of all kinds, from ancient glyphs and Persian script to Roman typefaces and Korean Hangul. Artists also scribbled in ways that evoke writing without script or meaning. This course takes on the question of meaning-making in art through the form of script—flirting with that tantalizing feeling that we can almost read the work of art through the marks on its surface. We will engage with artists from around the world whose work grapples with knowledge, meaning, and script, and discuss the limits and possibilities of legibility, knowing, and language. In addition to painting and drawing, we will also discuss conceptual art, installation, video, architecture, tapestry, ceramics, graphic novel forms, book arts, and sculpture. We will have opportunities to situate these works within longer histories of script and pseudo-script and image-text relations. Our discussion-driven seminars will be guided by readings in art history and theory. The course carries no expectation that you are multi-lingual or have experience with multiple scripts. Central to our semester will be group trips to see art in person in DC and Baltimore. Assignments include an option for short, focused writing with feedback and opportunities to experiment with genre and to rewrite, or a longer seminar paper, chosen in consultation with the professor.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Brown, Rebecca Mary
  • Room: Gilman 177  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/10
  • PosTag(s): HART-MODERN

Culture, Religion and Politics in Iran
AS.070.267 (01)

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
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Haeri, Niloofar
  • Room: Mergenthaler 426  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 1/12
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST, INST-CP, ISLM-ISLMST

The Islamic Age of Empires
AS.100.327 (01)

In this course we will survey the political, social, intellectual, and cultural history of the three Islamic early modern gunpowder empires that ranged from “the Balkans to Bengal”: The Ottomans (1300-1922), the Safavids (1501-1736), and the Mughals (1526-1858).

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Staff
  • Room: Maryland 201  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/15
  • PosTag(s): HIST-MIDEST

History of Science: Antiquity To Renaissance
AS.140.301 (01)

The first part of a three-part survey of the history of science. This course deals with the origins, practice, ideas, and cultural role of scientific thought in Graeco-Roman, Arabic/Islamic, and Medieval Latin/Christian societies. Interactions across cultures and among science, art, technology, and theology are highlighted.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Principe, Lawrence
  • Room: Ames 234 Maryland 309
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/20
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

History of Science: Antiquity To Renaissance
AS.140.301 (02)

The first part of a three-part survey of the history of science. This course deals with the origins, practice, ideas, and cultural role of scientific thought in Graeco-Roman, Arabic/Islamic, and Medieval Latin/Christian societies. Interactions across cultures and among science, art, technology, and theology are highlighted.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Principe, Lawrence
  • Room: Ames 234 Shriver Hall 104
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/20
  • PosTag(s): MSCH-HUM

Sociology of Religion
AS.230.445 (01)

This seminar tackles major issues in the classical and contemporary sociology of religion. We begin with Ibn Khaldun, Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Marx, Max Weber, Émile Durkheim, and Mary Douglas, asking basic questions: What are religion and the sacred? Why do they exist? What is the relationship between religion and social structure? And what role does religion play in morality, solidarity, boundaries, exploitation, patriarchy, and macrohistorical transformations such as the rise of capitalism? Keeping this theoretical grounding (and its flaws and biases) in mind, we continue to probe the problem of religion in modernity through more-recent writings. Topics include the secularization debate (Are modernity and religion antithetical?); “religious markets” and rational-choice theories of religion; religious revivalism, evangelicalism, fundamentalism, and proselytizing movements; feminist and queer sociologies of religion; civil religion (Is standing for the national anthem a religious act?); embodiment and prayer; Orientalism and postcolonial interrogations of the secular; religious violence and nationalism; the intersectionality of religion with race, class, and caste; and religion and neoliberalism. Although dominant sociologies of religion have focused on Christianity in Western Europe and North America, this course applies a global lens, training significant focus on non-Western and non-Christian contexts.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 4:30PM - 7:00PM
  • Instructor: Calder, Ryan
  • Room: Mergenthaler 526  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/14
  • PosTag(s): INST-CP, INST-PT, INST-GLOBAL

First Year Arabic
AS.375.115 (01)

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: 5.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MTWThF 9:00AM - 9:50AM
  • Instructor: Jafire, Sana
  • Room: Krieger 300  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/16
  • PosTag(s): ISLM-ISLMST

Second Year Arabic
AS.375.215 (01)

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
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, TTh 10:30AM - 11:20AM
  • Instructor: Jafire, Sana
  • Room: Krieger 522 Krieger 504
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/12
  • PosTag(s): ISLM-ISLMST

Third Year Arabic
AS.375.301 (01)

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
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Jafire, Sana
  • Room: Krieger 517  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/12
  • PosTag(s): ISLM-ISLMST

Fourth Year Arabic
AS.375.401 (01)

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: 2.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 12:50PM
  • Instructor: Jafire, Sana
  • Room: Krieger 517  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.001.183 (01)FYS: What Does It Mean to Be Religious? Creativity, Experience, and the IndividualT 1:30PM - 4:00PMHaeri, Niloofar, Ziad, HomayraGilman 413
 
AS.010.451 (01)Script, Character, Scribble: Writing and Pseudo-Writing in Modern and Contemporary ArtTh 1:30PM - 4:00PMBrown, Rebecca MaryGilman 177
 
HART-MODERN
AS.070.267 (01)Culture, Religion and Politics in IranW 1:30PM - 4:00PMHaeri, NiloofarMergenthaler 426
 
INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST, INST-CP, ISLM-ISLMST
AS.100.327 (01)The Islamic Age of EmpiresMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMStaffMaryland 201
 
HIST-MIDEST
AS.140.301 (01)History of Science: Antiquity To RenaissanceMW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMPrincipe, LawrenceAmes 234
Maryland 309
MSCH-HUM
AS.140.301 (02)History of Science: Antiquity To RenaissanceMW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMPrincipe, LawrenceAmes 234
Shriver Hall 104
MSCH-HUM
AS.230.445 (01)Sociology of ReligionW 4:30PM - 7:00PMCalder, RyanMergenthaler 526
 
INST-CP, INST-PT, INST-GLOBAL
AS.375.115 (01)First Year ArabicMTWThF 9:00AM - 9:50AMJafire, SanaKrieger 300
 
ISLM-ISLMST
AS.375.215 (01)Second Year ArabicMW 10:00AM - 10:50AM, TTh 10:30AM - 11:20AMJafire, SanaKrieger 522
Krieger 504
ISLM-ISLMST
AS.375.301 (01)Third Year ArabicMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AMJafire, SanaKrieger 517
 
ISLM-ISLMST
AS.375.401 (01)Fourth Year ArabicMW 12:00PM - 12:50PMJafire, SanaKrieger 517