NEAREAST 490 - Topics in Near Eastern Studies
Section: 005 Everyday Lives in the Middle East: Anthropological Perspectives
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Near East Studies (NEAREAST)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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In the public imagination the Middle East is often associated with a number of themes: gender, Islam, oil, or terrorism. But how are these enduring topics of interest understood and experienced by people living in the region? Moreover, how do people carry their day to day life in today’s Middle East? How do they make ends meet, relate to the surrounding environment, have fun, connect with others, fall ill, and seek treatment? How do politics, revolutions, or violence disrupt but also become part and parcel of ordinary lives? What are the wider historical forces and transnational processes that shape current life in the Middle East?

This class provides an overview of the contemporary Middle East that approaches the region from the ground level of everyday lives and conditions. From an anthropological perspective, it investigates these current configurations and the broader factors that structure them, be they historical, political, or economic. In this way, the course does not approach the Middle East as a given, but as a social and historical formation that is constantly made and remade both at home, in specific Middle Eastern counties, and abroad, in Europe or the U.S.

We will read both anthropological and historical texts, alongside literature and journalistic pieces. We will also watch video clips, movies, and take a field visit to the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

Class Format:

The class has a mixed lecture-discussion format in which students’ active participation is essential.

NEAREAST 490 - Topics in Near Eastern Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
Tu 3:30PM - 6:00PM
Note: This course is part of the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum. Students will video conference into a class at the University of Maryland. Please note that this course runs from January 24, 2018 through May 12, 2018.
002 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
004 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
005 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
006 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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