HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
Winter 2022, Section 004 - Sports and Games in the Middle East
Instruction Mode: Section 004 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Cost:
50-100
Repeatability:
May be elected five times for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This course looks at the history of sports and games in the Middle East to examine how entertainment and spectacle become arenas of warfare, gender disparity, religious piety, social movement, diplomatic strategy, cultural heritage, discrimination, and history making. In October 2021, the Saudi Public Investment Fund, chaired by crown-prince Mohammad bin Salman, led an ownership takeover of the English Premier League Football Club Newcastle United. Saudi Arabia is the third oil-rich state to invest heavily in major soccer teams, following the Abu Dhabi United Group (United Arab Emirates) ownership of Manchester City Football Club and the Qatar Sports Investments group ownership of Paris Saint-Germain Football Club. These three Gulf states with questionable human rights records have been accused of sportswashing — using the popularity of football and sports to build positive worldwide reputations. From board games played by pharaohs, kings, and queens found in ancient tombs such as the Royal Game of Ur from ancient Mesopotamia or Senet from ancient Egypt to the popularity of Chess in medieval Islamic courts and empires to the 2007 formation and 2021 extraction of the Afghanistan women's national football team and to the upcoming 2022 Qatar World Cup, sporting and games have been the locus of delight, community, terror, rebellion, and political intrigue throughout the Middle East.

Students in this class will explore these histories, play some games, analyze important historical and modern events through film and broadcast, and engage their own tactical brains in a series of optional assignments.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate students

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

Schedule

HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
29068
Open
3
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (LEC)
 In Person
26539
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
004 (LEC)
 In Person
26858
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
005 (LEC)
 In Person
26859
Open
7
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
010 (LEC)
 In Person
29244
Open
11
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
011 (DIS)
 In Person
29378
Open
2
 
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M 1:00PM - 2:00PM
012 (DIS)
 In Person
29379
Open
9
 
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Tu 9:00AM - 10:00AM
013 (DIS)
 In Person
29380
Closed
0
 
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Tu 10:00AM - 11:00AM

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