Fall 2017

ENGH 591: Mid. East/Cent. Asia Folklore

ENGH 665: Middle East Literature

GLOA 599: Globalization & Development: MENA

GLOA 599: Islamophobia, Antisemitism, and the Question of Europe

GOVT 733: Islam and Politics

GGS 533: Geography North Africa/Middle East

GLOA 605: Interdisciplinary Research Methods

MEIS 500: Crit Issues/Debates MidEast&Islamic Studies

RELI 644: Islamic Texts and Contexts

GOVT 444: Text, Film, and the Arab Uprisings


Course Descriptions

ENGH 591: Mid. East/Cent. Asia Folklore

  • ENGH 591-001: Monday 4:30-7:10pm Professor Benjamin Gatling


ENGH 665: Middle East Literature

  • ENGH 665-001: Amal Amireh 4:30-7:10pm W


GLOA 599: Globalization & Development: MENA

The Middle East and North Africa is an economically diverse region, but overall, its performance lags behind its potential. Today it faces high unemployment rates, particularly among youth and women; human development deficits; and social and regional imbalances, which contributed to the uprisings known as the Arab Spring. Other challenges come from global warming and environmental pressures.

This seminar will survey and compare the nature and outcome of economic models and development strategies adopted in the region since the end of World War II, with a focus on recent adjustments and reforms triggered by globalization.


GLOA 599: Islamophobia, Antisemitism, and the Question of Europe

What are the cultural and historical roots of modern Islamophobia and Orientalism? What are its shared origins with the history of modern European anti-Semitism? How might their overlapping connections with the history of modern Europe raise fundamental questions about the identity of Europe, the European, and the Question of Europe? In what way, too, does the tendency to separate the public discussion of Islamophobia from European anti-Semitism demand that we rethink the relationship between both Jews and Arabs as well as the so-called Muslim Question with the European Question instead?

  • GLOA 599-004: Andrew Rubin 07:20pm-10:00pm T


GOVT 733-002: Islam and Politics

  • GOVT 733-002: 07:20pm-10:00pm W


GGS 533: Geography North Africa/Middle East

  • GGS 533-001: Tuesday 4:30-7:10pm


GLOA 605: Interdisciplinary Research Methods

Designed to provide students with an overview of basic techniques in quantitative and qualitative methods with special attention to epistemological and ethical concerns in research. Course includes a discussion of the theoretical assumptions that shape research questions and design, practical exercises in research techniques, and analysis of methodology in practice.


MEIS 500: Crit Issues/Debates MidEast&Islamic Studies

  • MEIS 500-001 Huseyin Yilmaz 07:20pm-10:00pm W


RELI 644: Islamic Texts and Contexts

The scriptural and traditional texts of Islam, particularly the Qur’an and Hadith, have generated a rich intellectual history of commentary, criticism and analysis. Even as scholars seek to understand them as products of the particular historical contexts in which they emerged, Muslim thinkers and activists continually reappropriate and reinterpret these texts to address new social contexts and challenges. This course introduces, at a graduate level, the foundational texts of Islam; considers different scholarly approaches to this literature; and examines the application and significance of these texts in contemporary Islamic discourses.

  • RELI 644-001: Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina 04:30pm-7:10pm T