AAPTIS 425 - Near Eastern Studies Capstone Seminar
Section: 001 Ritual and Community
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies (AAPTIS)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
Enforced Prerequisites:
Senior standing.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Juniors with permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

The seminar will focus on methodological approaches to the study of ritual drawn from anthropology, sociology, psychology, and the history of religions. Throughout the seminar, we will study the ways in which ritual serves as a launching pad to discuss core issues of identity/belonging, the boundaries of community and nation, issues of authority, sacred and profane, stasis and crisis, orality and literacy, memory and forgetting, the encounter with the other (imagined or real, human or divine), as well as key issues of gender, embodiment, and textuality.

Intended audience: Senior and Junior concentrators in Near Eastern Studies

Course Requirements: Regular attendance and participation; three short essays (4-5 pages each); one final research paper (12-15 pages); one oral presentation.

Class Format: Three hours per week seminar format

AAPTIS 425 - Near Eastern Studies Capstone Seminar
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001 (SEM)
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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