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Undergraduate Courses

At the undergraduate level, McGill offers a broad range of courses on the Middle East.

NOTE: No credit is given for RELG 204 and/or RELG 256 if taken after any of the core courses.

Languages and Literature

For approval forms for the ISLA language courses, please see Forms and Resources.

ISLA 521D1 Introductory Arabic 4.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 521D2 Introductory Arabic 4.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 522D1 Lower Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 522D2 Lower Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 522 Lower Intermediate Arabic 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 523D1 Higher Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 523D2 Higher Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 524 Advanced Arabic 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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ISLA 525 Advanced Arabic 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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  • Summer

ISLA 532D1 Introductory Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 532D2 Introductory Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 533D1 Lower Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 533D2 Lower Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 534D1 Higher Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 534D2 Higher Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 535D1 Advanced Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 535D2 Advanced Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 541D1 Introductory Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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ISLA 541D2 Introductory Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 542D1 Lower Intermediate Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 542D2 Lower Intermediate Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 543 Upper Intermediate Persian 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 544 Upper Intermediate Persian 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 545 Advanced Persian 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 546 Advanced Persian 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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JWST 220D1 Introductory Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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JWST 220D2 Introductory Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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JWST 320D1 Intermediate Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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JWST 320D2 Intermediate Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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JWST 340D1 Advanced Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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JWST 340D2 Advanced Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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JWST 367 Hebrew Lang&Israeli Culture 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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JWST 368 Hebrew Lang&Israeli Culture 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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JWST 369 Hebrew Lang&Israeli Culture 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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JWST 370 Hebrew Lang&Israeli Culture 4 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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JWST 403 Contemporary Hebrew Literature 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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History

Core courses

HIST 240 Mod Hist of Islamic Movements 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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HIST 339 Arab-Israeli Conflict 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 350 From Tribe to Dynasty 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 355 Modern History: Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 410 History:Middle-East 1798-1918 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 411 History:Middle-East 1918-1945 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 511D1 Hist:Islamic Civ-Mediaeval Era 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 511D2 Hist:Islamic Civ-Mediaeval Era 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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non-Core courses

HIST 448 Women,Gender&Sexuality:MidEast 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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JWST 366 History of Zionism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

Religion and Philosophy

Core courses

ISLA 200 Islamic Civilization 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 325 Introduction to Shi'i Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 330 Islamic Mysticism: Sufism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 345 Science&Civilization in Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 370 The Qur’an: Hist & Interpret 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 380 Islamic Philosophy & Theology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 383 Central Questions-Islamic Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 501 The Qur'an: Text and History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 506 Islam: Later Developments 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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non-Core courses

JWST 562 Medieval Islamic & Jewish Phil 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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PHIL 356 Early Medieval Philosophy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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RELG 204 Judaism, Christianity&Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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(RELG-204 may not be taken after a core course has been taken.)

RELG 256 Women in Judaism and Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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  • Summer

(RELG-256 may not be taken after a core course has been taken.)

RELG 307 Bible, Quran & Interpretations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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Social Sciences

ANTH 340 Middle Eastern Society&Culture 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 210 Muslim Societies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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ISLA 360 Islam and Politics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 385 Poetics & Politics in Arab Lit 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 388 Persian Literature 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 392 Arabic Lit as World Lit 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 415 Modern Iran: Anthro Approach 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 585 Arab Women's Literature 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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JWST 323 The Israeli Novel 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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JWST 325 Israeli Lit in Translation 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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  • Summer

POLI 340 Developing Areas/Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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POLI 341 Foreign Policy:The Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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POLI 347 Arab-Israel Confl,Crisis,Peace 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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POLI 437 Politics in Israel 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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Middle East Studies

MEST 495 Middle East Studies:Res Sem 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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MEST 496 Independent Reading & Research 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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Prerequisites

History courses: Normally, the 400/500-level courses can only be taken in U2 or U3.

Religion/Philosophy courses: RELG 204 and RELG 256 can only be taken prior to the upper-level courses. (RELG 204 and RELG 256 can only be taken for program credit if taken prior to any "core" courses.) The 500-level courses can only be taken in U2 or U3.

Social Science courses: Normally, the social science courses can only be taken in U2 or U3. Students wishing to take POLI 341 or 347 are strongly advised to take POLI 244 in preparation; for POLI 340, the appropriate preparation is POLI 227; for POLI 437, POLI 211 or 212 are recommended.

Middle East Studies (MEST) courses: These courses may be counted as language, history, religion, or social science courses, depending on their content. MEST 495 is a research seminar intended for students in the final year of either the Major or Honors in Middle East Studies. MEST 496 is a reading course for Honours students, and is subject to the availability and willingness of a suitable faculty member.

 

Credit for Middle East related courses taken at other universities

In addition, Middle East related courses taken at other universities as an exchange or as an independent student may also be credited in the program. Advance approval is required; please contact the Program Coordinator for details.