Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Middle Eastern Studies Upper-Division Courses

M111. Introduction to Islamic Archaeology. (4) (Same as Art History M119C and Islamic Studies M111.) Lecture, three hours. From earliest monuments of Islam in Arabia and Jerusalem to humble remains of small Egyptian port, broad focus on archaeological and standing remains in central Islamic lands (primarily Syria, Egypt, and Iraq), Turkey, Iran, North Africa, and Spain. Profound cultural transformations occurred from birth of Islam in 7th century to early Ottoman period in 16th and 17th centuries, which are traceable in material records. Assessment of effectiveness of tools afforded by historical archaeology to aid understanding of past societies. P/NP or letter grading.

M112. Archaeology and Art of Christian and Islamic Egypt. (4) (Same as Archaeology M112, Art History M119D, and Islamic Studies M112.) Lecture, three hours. Culture of Egypt transformed gradually after Muslim conquest in mid-7th century CE. According to material evidence such as ceramics, textiles, architectural forms, and building techniques, it is functionally impossible to separate pre-Islamic Christian Egypt from early Islamic Egypt. Although population may have become largely Muslim by 10th century, Egypt remained Coptic in many senses even to 14th century and retains sizeable Christian minority to present. Survey of archaeological remains and standing architecture of Egypt from 6th to 19th century, charting changes and continuities in material culture and shifts in human geography and land use. P/NP or letter grading.

C122. History, Memory, and Identity in Israel. (4) Seminar, three hours. Israeli society was born in effort to reshape images of Jewish past and has been shaken by many debates over history, recent and ancient events, and how these are represented by historical scholarship as well as in popular media and public spaces. Struggles over image of past have become central (as in many other societies) to debates about identity in present and directions, goals, and hopes for future. Exploration of ways in which struggles over past have shaped Israeli present. Examination of historiographical debates and their reflections in range of media to make some sense of ever-changing past, ways in which it shapes political, ideological, and cultural identities in present, and where meeting points are between popular discourse and work historians do. Examination of conflicting readings of past and its representation in Israeli historiography and in shaping of Israeli collective memory and identity. Concurrently scheduled with course C222. P/NP or letter grading.

M133. Bible and Qur’san. (4) (Same as Religion M133.) Lecture, three hours. Survey of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, and Qur’san to familiarize students with content of scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and sociocultural background from which these multifarious texts emerged, and to explore major themes and consider variety of approaches to scripture. Development of appreciation for role scripture plays in these religious systems and in American culture and society. P/NP or letter grading.

M142. Modern Israel: Politics, Society, Culture. (4) (Same as Jewish Studies M142.) Lecture, three hours. Examination of evolution of Israel — its changing society, volatile domestic and foreign politics, and dynamic culture — from its foundation in 1948 to present, in context of global political and cultural change and changing Jewish world. Tension between Israel’s conception of itself as Jewish state and fact that it is home to wide variety of ethnic and religious groups and to great diversity of cultures; that it was envisaged as safe haven for Jewish people but has been characterized by insecurity and ongoing war; that, founded as democracy, it contends with multiple strains on its democratic system, such as tensions between Jews and Arabs, secular and religious Jews, and disparate ethnic groups. P/NP or letter grading.

M144. Zionism: Ideology and Practice in Making of Jewish State. (4) (Same as Jewish Studies M144.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. History of Zionism on backdrop of European, world, and Jewish histories from ideological origins to political, cultural, and social foundations of State of Israel. P/NP or letter grading.

177. Variable Topics in Middle Eastern Studies. (4) Lecture, three hours. Variable topics; consult Schedule of Classes for topics to be offered in specific term. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

M178. Variable Topics. (4) (Same as Religion M178.) Seminar, three hours. Interdisciplinary approach to some major topics in study of religion and Middle Eastern studies. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

M179SL. Movement in Art, Philosophy, and Daily Life. (5) (Same as Comparative Literature M179SL.) Seminar, three hours; fieldwork, three hours. Exploration of relation between humans and world. Only relevant output of brain, irrespective of what may or may not go on inside it, is control over movements. In living animals, sentience or consciousness exists to integrate often complex input and decide on course of action. Similarly, ownership and agency are inseparably associated with biological systems that control our movements. Movements play vital part in constructing psychosocial environment that permeates and surrounds us. Exploration of how humans and animals move, and how movement, as well as limitations of mobility, relate to personal and community identity. P/NP or letter grading.

189. Advanced Honors Seminars. (1) Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to undergraduate lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

189HC. Honors Contracts. (1) Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to upper-division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.