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Fall Academic Term '02 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Middle Eastern and North African Studies


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Fall Academic Term, 2002 (September 3 - December 20)


MENAS 490. Proseminar on Iran, Turkey and the Gulf.

Section 001 Impressions of Turkish Author.

Instructor(s): Ahmet Husrev Altan

Prerequisites: (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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MENAS 520. Bibliographical Resources in Middle Eastern Studies.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jonathan H Rodgers

Prerequisites: (1).

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: http://www.lib.umich.edu/area/Near.East/CourseDescription520.htm

This course consists of a series of seminars in which the instructor introduces in the form of prepared bibliographies and short lectures the most significant bibliographical resources for the study of the Middle East, including printed materials and locally available and remote electronic media. The course treats the bibliographical structures of the disciplines of history, languages and literature, politics, economics, and sociology, religion and philosophy, and art and archaeology within the context of Middle Eastern area studies. The course will be of interest as well to students of the Ancient Near East, Bible, Judaica, Islamic studies, and the classical languages and literatures of the Near East.

As a seminar course, the students can expect to engage in the discussion, critical evaluation, and actual use of the bibliographical tools introduced in the course. Students will present in the seminar sessions critical evaluations of the materials introduced during the previous weeks' classes. The course will meet for one hour every week for the semester and is open for enrollment for credit by graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

Many students who decide to concentrate in Middle Eastern studies initially confront serious obstacles as they attempt to locate, gather, and organize resources for their own research projects or, as research assistants, for faculty. The source of the problem is the inability to make efficient use of the library and, in particular, inadequate preparation in the use of the available resources or the lack of knowledge of what bibliographical resources are available in the disciplines. An introduction to these resources, accompanied by assigned work in the use of the materials, will help students enrolled in the course overcome the difficulties in locating and organizing research materials for their papers or dissertations.

Evaluation criteria include class participation and a paper (e.g., an extensive bibliography of an area of interest to the student, a shorter more focused annotated bibliography, or a descriptive essay on an area of research).

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MENAS 591. Interdisciplinary Middle East Topics Seminar.

Section 001 Topic?

Instructor(s): Michael A Fahy

Prerequisites: Upperclass standing; concentration in MENAS, NES or other fields with main interest in Middle Eastern Studies. (2). May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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MENAS 595. Directed Reading in Near Eastern and North African Studies.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Designed for individual students who have an interest in a specific topic (usually that has stemmed from a previous course). An individual instructor must agree to direct such a reading, and the requirements are specified when approval is granted.

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MENAS 695 / HISTORY 793 / AAPTIS 793. The Study of the Near East.

Section 001 Culture and Politics in the Contemporary Middle East.

Instructor(s): Marcia Inhorn (minhorn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This graduate seminar is designed to introduce CMENAS students to some of the most important contemporary cultural and political issues shaping life in the Middle East, North Africa, and diasporic Middle Eastern communities in the West. A major goal of the course is to acquaint students with the research of CMENAS core faculty, including some who will give guest lectures. The course will be organized around four core themes Islam, Politics, Nationalism and Modernity, Gender and Family Life with movement from the macropolitical level of Islamic discourse and regional politics to the most intimate politics of everyday family life in the contemporary Middle East. Through reading, thinking, talking, and writing about a series of book-length monographs most of them written by CMENAS faculty students in this course will gain broad exposure to a number of exigent issues in the Middle Eastern region, as well as to the methodologies and theories of social scientists, historians, and area studies specialists. Students will be graded on seminar participation, leadership of one seminar discussion, and a comparative written review of three additional books. Texts to be covered in the course include:

  1. Overview
    • Dale Eickelman, The Middle East and Central Asia: An Anthropological Approach
  2. Islam
    • Juan Cole, Sacred Space and Holy War: The Politics, Culture, and History of Shi'ite Islam
    • Alexander Knysh, Islamic Mysticism: A Short History
    • Gregory Starrett, Putting Islam to Work: Education, Politics, and Religious Education in Egypt
  3. Politics
    • Mark Tessler (ed.), Area Studies and Social Science: Strategies for Understanding Middle East Politics
    • Mark Tessler, Democracy, War and Peace in the Middle East
    • Susan Slymovics, The Object of Memory: Arab and Jew Narrate the Palestinian Village. David Edwards, Before Taliban
  4. Nationalism and Modernity
    • Fariba Adelkhah, Being Modern in Iran
    • Andrew Shryock, Nationalism and the Genealogical Imagination: Oral History and Textual Authority in Tribal Jordan
    • Nabeel Abraham and Andrew Shryock, Arab Detroit: From Margin to Mainstream
  5. Gender and Family Life
    • Fatima Muge Gocek and Shira Balaghi (eds.), Reconstructing Gender in the Middle East: Tradition, Identity, and
  6. Power
    • Fadwa El Guindi, Veil: Modesty, Privacy and Resistance
    • Marcia Inhorn, Infertility and Patriarchy: The Cultural Politics of Gender and Family Life in Egypt
    • Marcia Inhorn, Egyptian Mothers of Test-tube Babies: Gender, Islam, and the Globalization of New Reproductive Technologies

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