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.

Column one has the course number and section. Other columns show the course title, days offered, instructor's name, room number, if the course is cross-referenced with another program, and a option to view additional course information in a pop-up window.

The City Victorious: Medieval Cairo
AS.100.438 (01)

What was medieval Cairo like? Students explore urban life in this imperial capital (969-1517), including food and market habits; relations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims; patronage; plague, drought, and famine. Pre-requisite for enrollment: Students must have taken two history courses.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 3:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: El-leithy, Tamer
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/12
  • PosTag(s): HIST-MIDEST, INST-GLOBAL

Everyday Life in the Medieval Middle East
AS.100.387 (01)

Explores the daily lives of non-elites in the medieval Middle East—food; housing; clothes; marriage and divorce; urban festivals—through primary documents (e.g. letters, court records) and artifacts (e.g. clothing). Pre-requisite for enrollment: Students must have taken one history course.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: El-leithy, Tamer
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/24
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, ISLM-ISLMST, HIST-MIDEST

Islamic Mysticism: Traditions, Legacies, Politics
AS.194.205 (01)

For over a thousand years, the Sufi tradition has been a dynamic force in Islamic social, political and spiritual life. The tradition offers a treasure trove of devotional literature and music, philosophical treatises, contemplative practices, and institutions of social and political organization. After unpacking the politics of the term “Sufi,” we will trace the historical development of the tradition from the early ascetics in Iraq and Syria to the age of trans-national Sufi orders, with case studies from South Asia, Turkey, and the United States. We will then move into some of the key constructs of the tradition of spiritual growth and character formation: the divine-human relationship, the stages of the spiritual path, contemplative and practical disciplines, ideas of sainthood, discipleship and ethical perfection, and the psychology of love. Throughout the class, we will explore the nature of experiential language and interrogate the tradition through the lens of gender. We will also experience Sufism through ritual and music.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 3:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: Ziad, Homayra
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST, ISLM-ISLMST

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: Alsayed Suliman, Anas
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/16
  • PosTag(s): ISLM-ISLMST

Second Year Arabic
AS.375.215 (02)

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: 5.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM, TTh 10:30AM - 11:20AM
  • Instructor: Jafire, Sana
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/16
  • 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: 5.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MTWThF 9:00AM - 9:50AM
  • Instructor: Jafire, Sana
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/6
  • 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: Alsayed Suliman, Anas
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/12
  • PosTag(s): ISLM-ISLMST

First Year Arabic
AS.375.115 (02)

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: MWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM, TTh 10:30AM - 11:20AM
  • Instructor: Alsayed Suliman, Anas
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/16
  • PosTag(s): ISLM-ISLMST

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:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/13
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST, INST-CP, 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: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 4:00PM - 5:15PM
  • Instructor: Jafire, Sana
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/6
  • PosTag(s): ISLM-ISLMST

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.100.438 (01)The City Victorious: Medieval CairoT 3:00PM - 5:30PMEl-leithy, Tamer HIST-MIDEST, INST-GLOBAL
AS.100.387 (01)Everyday Life in the Medieval Middle EastMW 12:00PM - 1:15PMEl-leithy, Tamer INST-GLOBAL, ISLM-ISLMST, HIST-MIDEST
AS.194.205 (01)Islamic Mysticism: Traditions, Legacies, PoliticsM 3:00PM - 5:30PMZiad, Homayra INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST, ISLM-ISLMST
AS.375.115 (01)First Year ArabicMTWThF 9:00AM - 9:50AMAlsayed Suliman, Anas ISLM-ISLMST
AS.375.215 (02)Second Year ArabicMWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM, TTh 10:30AM - 11:20AMJafire, Sana ISLM-ISLMST
AS.375.215 (01)Second Year ArabicMTWThF 9:00AM - 9:50AMJafire, Sana ISLM-ISLMST
AS.375.301 (01)Third Year ArabicMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AMAlsayed Suliman, Anas ISLM-ISLMST
AS.375.115 (02)First Year ArabicMWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM, TTh 10:30AM - 11:20AMAlsayed Suliman, Anas ISLM-ISLMST
AS.070.267 (01)Culture, Religion and Politics in IranW 1:30PM - 4:00PMHaeri, Niloofar INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST, INST-CP, ISLM-ISLMST
AS.375.401 (01)Fourth Year ArabicMW 4:00PM - 5:15PMJafire, Sana ISLM-ISLMST