MIDEAST 200 - Introduction to the Middle East
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Issues in Race & Ethnicity
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Middle East Studies (MIDEAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU, RE
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to students who have taken NEAREAST 100.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

How is history useful for understanding the Middle East today? This class focuses on six critical features to think about the presence of the past in the Middle East. Writing (from ancient scripts and languages to graffiti of the Arab Spring); Gods, Prophets, and Imams (from pagan gods of Mesopotamia and Egypt to Khomeini and ISIS); Sacred Geography (Jerusalem and Mecca: The holy cities of Judaism, Christianity & Islam); Slavery (from harems & military slaves to migrant workers); Floods & Pandemics (from the Mesopotamian Flood narratives to Covid 19); and Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism (from the evolution of human skin to colonialism and the creation of nation-states), all have different pasts. We will explore these six phenomena, using history to illustrate their underlying dynamics. This class will be conducted through lectures and interactive discussions held during class time.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate students

Class Format:

Two 90-minute lectures in addition to 1-hour discussion section weekly

Schedule

MIDEAST 200 - Introduction to the Middle East
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
10676
Open
22
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
10677
Open
8
 
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F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
10678
Closed
0
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
15875
Open
4
 
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
27703
Open
10
 
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F 2:00PM - 3:00PM

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