Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Civilization
Coordinator Brett Wilson

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Fall 2015 Class Schedule - updated April 1, 2015 at 05:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
ANTH 253-01  Comparative Muslim Cultures
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 404 STAFF
*Cross-listed with INTL 253-01*

INTL 253-01  Comparative Muslim Cultures
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 404 STAFF
*Cross-listed with ANTH 253-01*

RELI 100-01  Introduction to Islam: Formation and Expansion
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 003 Brett Wilson
RELI 100-02  Introduction to Islam: Formation and Expansion
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm MAIN 003 Brett Wilson

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Spring 2015 Class Schedule - updated April 1, 2015 at 05:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
CLAS 194-01  Frenemies: Calaphate and Byzantine Empire in Late Antiquity
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am MAIN 001 El Meligi, Overman
This course examines the interaction, commerce, and conflict between Islam and the Byzantine-Christian empire from the origins of Islam in the seventh century to 1453 and the collapse of the Byzantine Empire. These two empires were bound together by shared space, common interests, and episodic distrust. They were Frenemies. The sources for this study are Byzantine and Islamic histories from the period, together with critical analysis of those sources. But in addition and importantly the Literature and the Art these two empires produced provide vital and illuminating sight into these bodies, including their view of one another. Counts for the Middle Eastern and Islamic Civilization concentration.

CLAS 392-01  Conflict in Middle East Seminar: Peace and Conflict in Israel, Palestine and Syria
T 08:00 am-09:30 am MAIN 111 Andrew Overman
*2 credits; permission of instructor required; This upper-level seminar is a cross-cultural dialogue with an upper level seminar on the same topic at Tel-Hai College. The dialogue focuses on Mideast conflicts and is intended for those with in-depth knowledge of the region. The seminar requires one substantial research project. This project may utilize a range of media; research, an extended paper, an arts-focused project, video, interviews, or others. Members of the seminar will also give a presentation for the seminar on a subject, topic, or contemporary issue they have researched. The seminar features discussions with people from the region who have been or are currently involved with peace and conflict issues. These on-the-ground experts represent a range of perspectives and points of view. Many of these discussions take place through Skype. So the 8:00 AM time allows for connectivity and discussions with leaders from the Middle East. Counts for the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies concentration.

RELI 102-01  Modern Islam
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm MAIN 111 Gregory Lipton
In the modern period, Muslim-majority societies have faced daunting social, political, and intellectual challenges. Muslims have sought to find solutions to such challenges by rejecting Islam, transforming Islam, or returning to Islam. Through surveying a broad spectrum of Muslim voices in diverse socio-historical contexts—including traditional religious scholars, modernist intellectuals, Islamist ideologues, and progressive activists and feminists—this class explores some key ways Muslims have defined (and re-defined) themselves in response to the changes wrought by the colonial and post-colonial eras.

RELI 200-01  The Qur'an (Koran)
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am OLRI 170 Gregory Lipton
This course is an introduction to the Qur’an as the textual crystallization of the Prophet Muhammad’s religio-historical legacy and the principal source of divine guidance for Muslims since the inception of Islam. Students will read the Qur'an in translation, explore traditions of Qur'anic interpretation, and engage recent academic approaches to understanding the text in terms of its history, structure, main themes, and prophetology.

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