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Joint Honours Component Middle East Studies (36 credits)

Offered by: Arts - Dean's Office     Degree: Bachelor of Arts and Science

Program Requirements

Students wishing to study at the Honours level in two disciplines can combine Joint Honours program components in any two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs". 

Joint Honours students should consult an adviser in each department to discuss their course selection and their interdisciplinary research project (if applicable).

Joint Honours students must maintain a program GPA of 3.30 in their Middle East Studies courses and, according to Faculty regulations, a minimum CGPA of 3.00 in general.

Required Courses (3 credits)

  • MEST 495 Middle East Studies: Research Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: Arts - Dean's Office (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Middle East Studies : An interdisciplinary research seminar on topics of common interest to staff and students of the Middle East Studies program. As part of their contribution, students will prepare a research paper under the supervision of one or more members of staff.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Setrag Manoukian (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: At least 4 MES Core courses
    • Restriction: Open to final year MES Program students and to others by permission of the Program Co-ordinator

Complementary Courses (33 credits)

33 credits of complementary courses selected from the Middle East Studies course lists as follows:

12 credits (2 levels) in one Middle Eastern language - Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish (lists below). In the case of Arabic, the first two levels involve 15 credits. The extra 3 credits will be counted toward the remainder of the complementary courses requirement.

21 credits (18 if Arabic has been chosen), distributed as follows:
6-9 credits from the History list with at least 6 credits in "core" courses
6-9 credits from the Religion and Philosophy list with at least 6 credits in "core" courses
3-6 credits from the Social Sciences list

At least 6 of the complementary credits must be at the 400 level or above.

Middle East Languages - Arabic

  • ISLA 521D1 Introductory Arabic (4.5 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Modern Standard Arabic. Focus on the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, with an emphasis on the functional use of the language.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: David Nancekivell, Hala Jawlakh (Fall)

    • Fall and Winter
    • 5 lecture hours and laboratory
    • Prerequisite: Placement Test or permission of instructor
    • Students must register for both ISLA 521D1 and ISLA 521D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 521D1 and ISLA 521D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 521D2 Introductory Arabic (4.5 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 521D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: David Nancekivell, Hala Jawlakh, Shokry Gohar (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 521D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 521D1 and ISLA 521D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 522 Lower Intermediate Arabic (6 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Shokry Gohar, David Nancekivell (Fall) Shokry Gohar (Winter)

    • Summer
    • 3 hours and laboratory
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 521D1/D2 or equivalent, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.
  • ISLA 522D1 Lower Intermediate Arabic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Shokry Gohar, David Nancekivell (Fall)

    • Fall and Winter
    • 3 hours and laboratory
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 521D1/D2 or equivalent, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.
    • Students must register for both ISLA 522D1 and ISLA 522D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 522D1 and ISLA 522D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
    • ISLA 522D1 and ISLA 522D2 together are equivalent to ISLA 522
  • ISLA 522D2 Lower Intermediate Arabic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 522D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Shokry Gohar (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 522D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 522D1 and ISLA 522D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
    • ISLA 522D1 and ISLA 522D2 together are equivalent to ISLA 522
  • ISLA 523D1 Higher Intermediate Arabic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: David Nancekivell, Robert Wisnovsky, Shokry Gohar (Fall)

    • Fall and Winter
    • 3 hours and laboratory
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 522D1/D2 or equivalent, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.
    • Students must register for both ISLA 523D1 and ISLA 523D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 523D1 and ISLA 523D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 523D2 Higher Intermediate Arabic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 523D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Shokry Gohar, David Nancekivell, Robert Wisnovsky (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 523D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 523D1 and ISLA 523D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 524 Advanced Arabic 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Advanced level of the Arabic language study.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Shokry Gohar, David Nancekivell (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 523D1/D2, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ISLA 624 or ISLA 624D1/2.
    • Note: Language of instruction is Arabic.
  • ISLA 525 Advanced Arabic 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Advanced level of the Arabic language study.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 524 or ISLA 624, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ISLA 624D1/2 or ISLA 625.
    • Note: Language of instruction is Arabic.

Middle East Languages - Hebrew

  • JWST 220D1 Introductory Hebrew (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Language acquisition - introductory Hebrew.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Lea Fima, Nitza Parry (Fall)

    • Students must register for both JWST 220D1 and JWST 220D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both JWST 220D1 and JWST 220D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • JWST 220D2 Introductory Hebrew (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : See JWST 220D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Nitza Parry, Lea Fima (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: JWST 220D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both JWST 220D1 and JWST 220D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • JWST 320D1 Intermediate Hebrew (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : This course is designed to integrate students at various levels into one group with the aim of improving their basic language skills and preparing them for advanced Hebrew.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Bracha Gams-Shauli (Fall)

    • Students must register for both JWST 320D1 and JWST 320D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both JWST 320D1 and JWST 320D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
    • JWST 320D1 and JWST 320D2 together are equivalent to JWST 320
  • JWST 320D2 Intermediate Hebrew (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : See JWST 320D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Bracha Gams-Shauli (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: JWST 320D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both JWST 320D1 and JWST 320D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
    • JWST 320D1 and JWST 320D2 together are equivalent to JWST 320
  • JWST 340D1 Advanced Hebrew (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Language acquisition - advanced Hebrew.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Bracha Gams-Shauli (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: JWST 200 or JWST 320 or permission of the Hebrew Language Coordinator
    • Students must register for both JWST 340D1 and JWST 340D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both JWST 340D1 and JWST 340D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • JWST 340D2 Advanced Hebrew (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : See JWST 340D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Bracha Gams-Shauli (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: JWST 340D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both JWST 340D1 and JWST 340D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • JWST 367 Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : A post-advanced study of Hebrew language through an encounter with Israeli film, music and art as well as academic, journalistic, literary, and dramatic texts (all materials are in Hebrew).

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Lea Fima (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: JWST 340 or permission of instructor
  • JWST 368 Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : A post-advanced study of Hebrew language through an encounter with Israeli film, music and art as well as academic, journalistic, literary, and dramatic texts (all materials are in Hebrew).

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Lea Fima (Fall) Lea Fima (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: JWST 340 or permission of instructor
  • JWST 369 Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : To expand knowledge of grammar, and vocabulary and idioms in order to enhance reading comprehension and facility in writing and speaking. Of value to those interested in all aspects of Hebrew literature, classical and modern.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
  • JWST 370 Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : To expand knowledge of grammar, and vocabulary and idioms in order to enhance reading comprehension and facility in writing and speaking. Of value to those interested in all aspects of Hebrew literature, classical and modern.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter

Middle East Languages - Persian

  • ISLA 541D1 Introductory Persian (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (Fall)

    • Fall and Winter
    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: Placement Test or permission of instructor
    • Students must register for both ISLA 541D1 and ISLA 541D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 541D1 and ISLA 541D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 541D2 Introductory Persian (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 541D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 541D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 541D1 and ISLA 541D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 542D1 Lower Intermediate Persian (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (Fall)

    • Fall and Winter
    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 541D1/D2 or equivalent, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.
    • Students must register for both ISLA 542D1 and ISLA 542D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 542D1 and ISLA 542D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 542D2 Lower Intermediate Persian (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 542D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 542D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 542D1 and ISLA 542D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 543 Upper Intermediate Persian 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Upper intermediate level of Persian language study.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 542D1/D2, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ISLA 642 or ISLA 643D1/D2.
    • Note: Language of instruction is Persian.
  • ISLA 544 Upper Intermediate Persian 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Continuation of upper intermediate level of Persian language study.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 543 or ISLA 642, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ISLA 643 or ISLA 643D1/2.
    • Note: Language of instruction is Persian.
  • ISLA 545 Advanced Persian 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Advanced level of Persian language study.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Prashant Keshavmurthy (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 544 or ISLA 643, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ISLA 644 or ISLA 644D1/2.
    • Note: Language of instruction is Persian.
  • ISLA 546 Advanced Persian 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Advanced level of Persian language study.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 545 or ISLA 644, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ISLA 644D1/2 or ISLA 645.
    • Note: Language of instruction is Persian.

Middle East Languages - Turkish

  • ISLA 532D1 Introductory Turkish (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Language acquisition - introductory Turkish.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall and Winter
    • 3 lecture hours plus conference and laboratory
    • Students must register for both ISLA 532D1 and ISLA 532D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 532D1 and ISLA 532D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 532D2 Introductory Turkish (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 532D1 for course description.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 532D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 532D1 and ISLA 532D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 533D1 Lower Intermediate Turkish (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Language acquisition - lower intermediate Turkish.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall and Winter
    • 3 lecture hours plus conference and laboratory
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 532 or equivalent
    • Students must register for both ISLA 533D1 and ISLA 533D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 533D1 and ISLA 533D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 533D2 Lower Intermediate Turkish (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 533D1 for course description.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 533D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 533D1 and ISLA 533D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 534D1 Higher Intermediate Turkish (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Language acquisition - higher intermediate Turkish.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 532 or equivalent
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ISLA 633D1/D2.
    • Students must register for both ISLA 534D1 and ISLA 534D2
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 534D1 and ISLA 534D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 534D2 Higher Intermediate Turkish (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 534D1 for course description.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 534D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 534D1 and ISLA 534D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 535D1 Advanced Turkish (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Language acquisition - advanced Turkish.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ISLA 634D1/D2
    • Students must register for both ISLA 535D1 and ISLA 535D2
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 535D1 and ISLA 535D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 535D2 Advanced Turkish (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 535D1 for course description.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 535D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 535D1 and ISLA 535D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

History

* Note: Core courses are marked by an asterisk ("*") in the list below. Courses in the list may be offered by History (HIST), Islamic Studies (ISLA), or Jewish Studies (JWST).

  • HIST 240 Modern History of Islamic Movements (3 credits) *

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Islamic revival in the Middle East which led to the rise of different versions of Islamic traditions and beliefs. Emphasis on the nature and character of leading nationalist and Islamic movements and their ideologues since the late 19th century.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • HIST 339 Arab-Israeli Conflict (3 credits) *

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : The political, military, and diplomatic history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, with a focus on a number of historiographical debates over specific issues, such as the 1948 and 1967 wars, and the failures of the various peace initiatives.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Laila Parsons (Fall)

    • Restriction: Open to U2 or U3 students only or permission of instructor.
  • HIST 448 Women, Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : A focus on women in the history of the late-19th- and 20th-Century Middle East, and on the ways in which gender analysis and sexuality illuminate the history of national and religious communities. Topics such as: education, masculinity, sexuality, Western representations of Middle Eastern women, and gender and the nation.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Laila Parsons (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: A course on women, gender or sexuality or permission of instructor.
  • ISLA 350 From Tribe to Dynasty (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The political and intellectual developments shaping Arab and Persian societies from the rise of Islam in the 7th century until the early mid 8th century, including the major social changes, political revolts, religious schisms, and the consolidation of lasting cultural institutions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
  • ISLA 355 Modern History of the Middle East (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Assessment of the historical transformation of the modern Middle East concentrating on its internal socio-economic changes, as well as the colonial experience and encounters with the West since the early 19th century. Examination of the historical conditions that led to the rise of nationalism, the nation-state, the Arab-Israeli conflict.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 210 or permission of instructor.
  • ISLA 410 History: Middle-East 1798-1918 (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : A study of the Middle East from Napoleon's invasion of Egypt to the end of WWI. Emphasis will be on the emergence of nationalisms in the context of European imperialism; political, social, and economic transformation; religion and ideology; and changing patterns of alliances.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • 3 hours
  • ISLA 411 History: Middle-East 1918-1945 (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The impact of WWI on Middle Eastern society and politics; the British and French mandates; the growth of nationalisms, revolutions and the formation of national states; WW II and the clash of political interests within the region.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • 3 hours
  • ISLA 511D1 History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The Seljuks, and the medieval synthesis. The Moors in Spain and North Africa. The Crusades. The Mongols and the destruction of the Baghdad Caliphate. The Mamluk, Persian, Turkish and Indian Empires until 1700.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Rula Abisaab (Fall)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: Either ISLA 200 or ISLA 350
    • Students must register for both ISLA 511D1 and ISLA 511D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 511D1 and ISLA 511D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 511D2 History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 511D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Rula Abisaab (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 511D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 511D1 and ISLA 511D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • JWST 323 The Israeli Novel (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : In-depth examination of selected Israeli novels written during the past fifty years of national formation and consolidation. Authors may include Agnon, Yehoshua, Oz, Shabtai, Shalev and others.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Yael Halevi-Wise (Fall)

  • JWST 366 History of Zionism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : An examination of the development of the Zionist idea, the most influential expression of modern Jewish nationalism, which led to the creation of the Jewish state. The transformation of elements of traditional Jewish messianism into a modern political ideology. Hibbat Zion, Political Zionism, Cultural and Synthetic Zionism will be discussed.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Recommended: JWST 365

Religion and Philosophy

* Note: Core courses are marked by an asterisk ("*") in the list below. Courses in the list may be offered by Islamic Studies (ISLA), Jewish Studies (JWST), Philosophy (PHIL), Philosophy and Western Religions (PHWR), or Religious Studies (RELG).

** Note: RELG 204 and RELG 256 can only be taken for program credit if taken prior to any "core" courses.

  • ISLA 200 Islamic Civilization (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : An introduction to, and survey of, the religious, literary, artistic, legal, philosophical and scientific traditions that constituted Islamic civilization from the 7th Century until the mid-19th Century.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Michelle Laura Hartman (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Note: All readings are in English.
  • ISLA 325 Introduction to Shi'i Islam (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Developments in doctrines, legal school, rituals and political thought of Twelver Shi'ite Muslims during early and late medieval periods (centuries VII-XIII). The emergence of the earliest Shi'ite communities in Arabia, Yemen, Iraq and Iran stressing the relationship of the Shi'ite Imams and their religious scholars to the Sunnite Caliphates.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
  • ISLA 345 Science and Civilization in Islam (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : History of scientific traditions and ideas in Islamic civilization, from the origins of Islam to the early modern period. Emphasis is on the derivation, development and transmissions of Islamic science, as well as on the assimilation and influence of science within Islamic culture.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Faiz Ragep (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 200 or permission of the instructor.
    • Note: All readings are in English.
  • ISLA 380 Islamic Philosophy and Theology (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : A survey of the most important philosophers and theologians in Islamic intellectual history, with a focus on the theories they articulated and the movements they engendered. The impact of European thought on 19th and 20th century Islamic intellectual history is also examined.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Robert Wisnovsky (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 200 or permission of instructor.
    • Note: Reading and discussion in English.
  • ISLA 383 Central Questions in Islamic Law (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : An integrative view of Islamic law in the past and present, including landmarks in Islamic legal history (e.g., sources of law; early formation; intellectual make-up; the workings of court; legal change; legal effects of colonialism; modernity and legal reform) and a structured definition of what it was/is.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Ahmed Ibrahim (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 200 or permission of instructor.
  • ISLA 506 Islam: Later Developments (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : How the basic elements of Islam have been understood in the course of later Islamic history up to the present day. The nature and development of Shi'ism, Sufi brotherhoods, major intellectual trends, Islam in a world of nation states, diaspora. The challenges of modernity and the contemporary world.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • 3 hours
  • JWST 562 Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Deals with the manifold points of contact between medieval Muslim and Jewish intellectual history. Muslim and Jewish philosophers, theologians and mystics belonged to the same currents of thought, used the same language and studied the same sources in translation, proposing similar answers to questions that arose in the context of their respective religious traditions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: one course in Greek, Islamic or Jewish Philosophy, or permission of instructor.
  • PHIL 356 Early Medieval Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of selected works in the Christian, Islamic and Jewish traditions. Topics in moral and political philosophy, logic and metaphysics, philosophical psychology and epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophical theology may be discussed.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • PHWR 300 Philosophy & Western Religions 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Arts - Dean's Office (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy & Western Religions : Introduction to the encounter between philosophy and the Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, from Antiquity to the 12th Century, covering the philosophical sources (Plato to Neoplatonism), the religious sources (Bible to Qu'ran), and their manifold syntheses in the thought of theologians, philosophers and mystics within the three religious traditions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Restrictions: Open to students in Philosophy & Western Religions, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and to students of other units with permission of the instructor.
  • PHWR 301 Philosophy & Western Religions 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Arts - Dean's Office (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy & Western Religions : Introduction to the encounter between philosophy and the three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, from the 13th Century to the Enlightenment, covering the manifold syntheses of philosophical and religious ideas in thinkers from the Later Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the 17th Century and the Enlightenment.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PHWR 300 or permission of the instructor.
    • Restrictions: Open to students in Philosophy & Western Religions, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and to students of other units with permission of the instructor.
  • RELG 204 Judaism, Christianity and Islam (3 credits) **

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An introduction to the beliefs, practices, and religious institutions of these three world religions.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Meredith Joan Warren, Charles Douglas Fletcher, Patricia Kirkpatrick (Winter)

    • Winter
  • RELG 256 Women in Judaism and Islam (3 credits) **

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The role of women in Judaism and Islam from the point of view of institutionalized religious traditions and of women's religious subjectivity; how women's spiritual and social roles within their religious traditions are shaped by Revealed Law, Holy Text and the Authority of Interpretation. Comparative sociology of religion approach.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Summer

Social Sciences

Courses in the list may be offered by Anthropology (ANTH), Islamic Studies (ISLA), or Political Science (POLI).

  • ANTH 340 Middle Eastern Society and Culture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Anthropology : Exploration of daily life, culture and society in the Middle East, through examination of ethnographic accounts.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Philip Carl Salzman (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: U2 or U3 standing; and ANTH 202, or ANTH 204, or ANTH 205, or ANTH 206, or ANTH 209, or ANTH 212, or ANTH 227, or permission of instructor
  • ISLA 210 Muslim Societies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : An introduction to the different, often disparate, ways in which Muslims live and think in the modern world (19th-21st centuries). Muslim social contexts across the globe and cyberspace.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Laila Parsons (Winter)

    • Winter
  • ISLA 360 Islam and Politics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Assessment of the relationship between Islam and politics in the contemporary Middle East and Africa through various analytic themes, including political economy, social movement and gendered analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Khalid Medani, Christopher Anzalone (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 210 or permission of instructor.
  • ISLA 385 Poetics & Politics in Arabic Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Major issues in classical and modern Arabic literature; how poetics and politics interact in classical and modern, popular folktales and high literature, novels and poetry. The politics of translation from Arabic into English.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Michelle Laura Hartman (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 210 or permission of instructor.
    • Note: Reading and discussion in English.
  • ISLA 388 Persian Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Examination of literature produced in the Persian-speaking world from the mid 10th to the late 20th century C.E. A broad selection of texts (prose and poetry) will be studied in translation.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Prashant Keshavmurthy (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 200 or permission of instructor.
    • Note: Readings in English.
  • ISLA 392 Arabic Literature as World Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Consideration of Arabic literature as part of world literature, including exploration of tensions between reading Arabic literature as local, discrete and self-contained and as part of larger global phenomena.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 210 or permission of instructor.
  • ISLA 415 Modern Iran: Anthropological Approach (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The modern history, social, and cultural anthropology of contemporary Iran.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Setrag Manoukian (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 210 or permission of instructor.
  • ISLA 585 Arab Women's Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Explorations of writings by Arab women. Issues include: translation/reception, gender and genre, categories of knowledge about Arab women, feminist and post-colonial theories/methodologies.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Michelle Laura Hartman (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 392 or permission of instructor.
    • Note: Readings in English translation.
  • POLI 340 Developing Areas/Middle East (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : An examination of the societies, political forces and regimes of selected countries of the Eastern Arab world (Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia).

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Rex J Brynen (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: A basic course in Comparative Politics or a course on the region or written permission of the instructor
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developing Areas.
  • POLI 341 Foreign Policy: The Middle East (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : An examination of the changing regional security environment and the evolving foreign policies and relationships of Arab states in three areas - relations with non-Arab regional powers (Israel, Iran), inter-Arab relations, Great Power relations. The course will focus particularly on Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Julie Norman (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: A 200- or 300- level course in International Relations or Middle East politics or permission of the instructor
    • Note: The field is International Politics.
  • POLI 347 Arab-Israel Conflict, Crisis, Peace (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Concepts - protracted conflict, crisis, war, peace; system, subsystem; Conflict-levels of analysis; historical context; images and issues; attitudes, policies, role of major powers; Crises-Wars - configuration of power; crisis models; decision-making in 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982 crisis-wars; conflict- crisis management; Peace-Making - pre-1977; Egypt-Israel peace treaty; Madrid, Oslo, Israel-Jordan peace; prospects for conflict resolution.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Julie Norman (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: 160-243 prior to 1997-98; or POLI 244
    • Note: The field is International Politics.
  • POLI 437 Politics in Israel (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : An analysis of the nature and development of the Israeli political system, including historical background, Zionist ideology, the electoral system, the political parties, the institutions of government, constitutional issues, and religion and politics. The relationship between domestic politics and foreign policy will also be explored.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: POLI 211 or POLI 212. Recommended JWST 366
    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas.

Middle East Studies

  • MEST 495 Middle East Studies: Research Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: Arts - Dean's Office (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Middle East Studies : An interdisciplinary research seminar on topics of common interest to staff and students of the Middle East Studies program. As part of their contribution, students will prepare a research paper under the supervision of one or more members of staff.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Setrag Manoukian (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: At least 4 MES Core courses
    • Restriction: Open to final year MES Program students and to others by permission of the Program Co-ordinator
  • MEST 496 Independent Reading and Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: Arts - Dean's Office (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Middle East Studies : Supervised independent reading and research on an approved topic.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Laila Parsons (Fall)

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