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Middle East Studies (MEST)

Middle East Studies (MEST)

Location

Location

  • Morrice Hall
  • 3485 McTavish Street, Room 319
  • Montreal, Quebec H3A 0E1

About Middle East Studies

About Middle East Studies

The Middle East Studies program is designed for students who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary program of study focusing on the Middle East since the rise of Islam. Courses offered include language, history, religion and philosophy, political science, and anthropology. From these are drawn combinations which make up the Major and Minor concentrations, Honours, and Joint Honours in Middle East Studies.

Students wishing to pursue a program in Middle East Studies must consult a program adviser each year to devise a suitable program. Before doing so, students should consult the Middle East Studies’ website at www.mcgill.ca/mes for a full description of each program. Failure to consult an adviser could lead to a delay in completing program requirements. Students wishing to have courses taken at other universities counted as satisfying program requirements must bring copies of their transcripts and course syllabi to the Program Adviser.

Middle East Studies (MEST) Faculty

Middle East Studies (MEST) Faculty

Program Adviser
Setrag Manoukian, 514-398-6077
Program Committee Chair
Setrag Manoukian; Laurea(Venice), M.A., Ph.D.(Mich.) (Anthropology and Islamic Studies)
Program Committee
Rula Abisaab; B.A.(Amer. U. Beirut), M.A.(Calif. St.), M.Phil., Ph.D.(Yale) (Islamic Studies)
Michael Bisson; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Calif., Santa Barbara) (Anthropology)
Rex Brynen; B.A.(Vic., BC), M.A., Ph.D.(Calg.) (Political Science)
Michelle L. Hartman; B.A.(Col.), D.Phil.(Oxf.) (Islamic Studies)
F. Jamil Ragep; B.A., M.A.(Mich.), Ph.D.(Harv.) (Islamic Studies)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Middle East Studies (18 credits)

This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration Middle East Studies.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

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

6 credits of "core" courses from the History list

6 credits from the Religion and Philosophy list with at least 3 credits in "core" courses

6 credits from the Social Sciences list

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* (3) Modern History of Islamic Movements
HIST 339* (3) Arab-Israeli Conflict
HIST 448 (3) Women, Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East
ISLA 350* (3) From Tribe to Dynasty
ISLA 355* (3) Modern History of the Middle East
ISLA 410* (3) History: Middle-East 1798-1918
ISLA 411* (3) History: Middle-East 1918-1945
ISLA 511D1* (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
ISLA 511D2* (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
JWST 323 (3) The Israeli Novel
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism

Religion and Philosophy

Revision, April 2013. Start of revision.

* 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* (3) Islamic Civilization
ISLA 325* (3) Introduction to Shi'i Islam
ISLA 330* (3) Islamic Mysticism: Sufism
ISLA 340* (3) Islamic Law and Human Rights
ISLA 345* (3) Science and Civilization in Islam
ISLA 370* (3) The Qur’an: History and Interpretation
ISLA 380* (3) Islamic Philosophy and Theology
ISLA 383* (3) Central Questions in Islamic Law
ISLA 506* (3) Islam: Later Developments
JWST 562 (3) Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophy
PHIL 356 (3) Early Medieval Philosophy
PHWR 300 (3) Philosophy & Western Religions 1
PHWR 301 (3) Philosophy & Western Religions 2
RELG 204** (3) Judaism, Christianity and Islam
RELG 256** (3) Women in Judaism and Islam

Revision, April 2013. End of revision.

Social Sciences

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

ANTH 340 (3) Middle Eastern Society and Culture
ISLA 210 (3) Muslim Societies
ISLA 360 (3) Islam and Politics
ISLA 385 (3) Poetics & Politics in Arabic Literature
ISLA 388 (3) Persian Literature
ISLA 392 (3) Arabic Literature as World Literature
ISLA 415 (3) Modern Iran: Anthropological Approach
ISLA 585 (3) Arab Women's Literature
POLI 340 (3) Developing Areas/Middle East
POLI 341 (3) Foreign Policy: The Middle East
POLI 347 (3) Arab-Israel Conflict, Crisis, Peace
POLI 437 (3) Politics in Israel

Middle East Studies

MEST 495 (3) Middle East Studies: Research Seminar
MEST 496 (3) Independent Reading and Research

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Middle East Languages (18 credits)

This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration Middle East Studies.

For more information, see Minor Concentration Middle East Languages (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Middle East Studies (36 credits)

Required Courses (3 credits)

MEST 495 (3) Middle East Studies: Research Seminar

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

Middle East Languages - Arabic

ISLA 521D1 (4.5) Introductory Arabic
ISLA 521D2 (4.5) Introductory Arabic
ISLA 522 (6) Lower Intermediate Arabic
ISLA 522D1 (3) Lower Intermediate Arabic
ISLA 522D2 (3) Lower Intermediate Arabic
ISLA 523D1 (3) Higher Intermediate Arabic
ISLA 523D2 (3) Higher Intermediate Arabic
ISLA 524 (3) Advanced Arabic 1
ISLA 525 (3) Advanced Arabic 2

Middle East Languages - Hebrew

JWST 220D1 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 220D2 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 320D1 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 320D2 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 340D1 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 340D2 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 367 (3) Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture 1
JWST 368 (3) Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture 2
JWST 369 (3) Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture 3
JWST 370 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature

Middle East Languages - Persian

ISLA 541D1 (3) Introductory Persian
ISLA 541D2 (3) Introductory Persian
ISLA 542D1 (3) Lower Intermediate Persian
ISLA 542D2 (3) Lower Intermediate Persian
ISLA 543 (3) Upper Intermediate Persian 1
ISLA 544 (3) Upper Intermediate Persian 2
ISLA 545 (3) Advanced Persian 1
ISLA 546 (3) Advanced Persian 2

Middle East Languages - Turkish

ISLA 532D1 (3) Introductory Turkish
ISLA 532D2 (3) Introductory Turkish
ISLA 533D1 (3) Lower Intermediate Turkish
ISLA 533D2 (3) Lower Intermediate Turkish
ISLA 534D1 (3) Higher Intermediate Turkish
ISLA 534D2 (3) Higher Intermediate Turkish
ISLA 535D1 (3) Advanced Turkish
ISLA 535D2 (3) Advanced Turkish

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* (3) Modern History of Islamic Movements
HIST 339* (3) Arab-Israeli Conflict
HIST 448 (3) Women, Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East
ISLA 350* (3) From Tribe to Dynasty
ISLA 355* (3) Modern History of the Middle East
ISLA 410* (3) History: Middle-East 1798-1918
ISLA 411* (3) History: Middle-East 1918-1945
ISLA 511D1* (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
ISLA 511D2* (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
JWST 323 (3) The Israeli Novel
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism

Religion and Philosophy

Revision, April 2013. Start of revision.

* 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* (3) Islamic Civilization
ISLA 325* (3) Introduction to Shi'i Islam
ISLA 330* (3) Islamic Mysticism: Sufism
ISLA 340* (3) Islamic Law and Human Rights
ISLA 345* (3) Science and Civilization in Islam
ISLA 370* (3) The Qur’an: History and Interpretation
ISLA 380* (3) Islamic Philosophy and Theology
ISLA 383* (3) Central Questions in Islamic Law
ISLA 506* (3) Islam: Later Developments
JWST 562 (3) Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophy
PHIL 356 (3) Early Medieval Philosophy
PHWR 300 (3) Philosophy & Western Religions 1
PHWR 301 (3) Philosophy & Western Religions 2
RELG 204** (3) Judaism, Christianity and Islam
RELG 256** (3) Women in Judaism and Islam

Revision, April 2013. End of revision.

Social Sciences

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

ANTH 340 (3) Middle Eastern Society and Culture
ISLA 210 (3) Muslim Societies
ISLA 360 (3) Islam and Politics
ISLA 385 (3) Poetics & Politics in Arabic Literature
ISLA 388 (3) Persian Literature
ISLA 392 (3) Arabic Literature as World Literature
ISLA 415 (3) Modern Iran: Anthropological Approach
ISLA 585 (3) Arab Women's Literature
POLI 340 (3) Developing Areas/Middle East
POLI 341 (3) Foreign Policy: The Middle East
POLI 347 (3) Arab-Israel Conflict, Crisis, Peace
POLI 437 (3) Politics in Israel

Middle East Studies

MEST 495 (3) Middle East Studies: Research Seminar
MEST 496 (3) Independent Reading and Research

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Middle East Studies (60 credits)

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 (6 credits)

MEST 495 (3) Middle East Studies: Research Seminar
MEST 496 (3) Independent Reading and Research

Complementary Courses (54 credits)

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

18-21 credits (3 levels) in one Middle Eastern language - Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish (lists below)

9-15 credits from the History list with at least 9 credits in "core" courses

9-15 credits from the Religion and Philosophy list with at least 6 credits in "core" courses

6-12 credits from the Social Sciences list

Middle East Languages - Arabic

ISLA 521D1 (4.5) Introductory Arabic
ISLA 521D2 (4.5) Introductory Arabic
ISLA 522 (6) Lower Intermediate Arabic
ISLA 522D1 (3) Lower Intermediate Arabic
ISLA 522D2 (3) Lower Intermediate Arabic
ISLA 523D1 (3) Higher Intermediate Arabic
ISLA 523D2 (3) Higher Intermediate Arabic
ISLA 524 (3) Advanced Arabic 1
ISLA 525 (3) Advanced Arabic 2

Middle East Languages - Hebrew

JWST 220D1 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 220D2 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 320D1 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 320D2 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 340D1 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 340D2 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 367 (3) Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture 1
JWST 368 (3) Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture 2
JWST 369 (3) Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture 3
JWST 370 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature

Middle East Languages - Persian

ISLA 541D1 (3) Introductory Persian
ISLA 541D2 (3) Introductory Persian
ISLA 542D1 (3) Lower Intermediate Persian
ISLA 542D2 (3) Lower Intermediate Persian
ISLA 543 (3) Upper Intermediate Persian 1
ISLA 544 (3) Upper Intermediate Persian 2
ISLA 545 (3) Advanced Persian 1
ISLA 546 (3) Advanced Persian 2

Middle East Languages - Turkish

Students who need to take a third level in Turkish should consult the Program Adviser for course options.

ISLA 532D1 (3) Introductory Turkish
ISLA 532D2 (3) Introductory Turkish
ISLA 533D1 (3) Lower Intermediate Turkish
ISLA 533D2 (3) Lower Intermediate Turkish
ISLA 534D1 (3) Higher Intermediate Turkish
ISLA 534D2 (3) Higher Intermediate Turkish
ISLA 535D1 (3) Advanced Turkish
ISLA 535D2 (3) Advanced Turkish

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* (3) Modern History of Islamic Movements
HIST 339* (3) Arab-Israeli Conflict
HIST 448 (3) Women, Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East
ISLA 350* (3) From Tribe to Dynasty
ISLA 355* (3) Modern History of the Middle East
ISLA 410* (3) History: Middle-East 1798-1918
ISLA 411* (3) History: Middle-East 1918-1945
ISLA 511D1* (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
ISLA 511D2* (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
JWST 323 (3) The Israeli Novel
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism

Religion and Philosophy

Revision, April 2013. Start of revision.

* 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* (3) Islamic Civilization
ISLA 325* (3) Introduction to Shi'i Islam
ISLA 330* (3) Islamic Mysticism: Sufism
ISLA 340* (3) Islamic Law and Human Rights
ISLA 345* (3) Science and Civilization in Islam
ISLA 370* (3) The Qur’an: History and Interpretation
ISLA 380* (3) Islamic Philosophy and Theology
ISLA 383* (3) Central Questions in Islamic Law
ISLA 506* (3) Islam: Later Developments
JWST 562 (3) Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophy
PHIL 356 (3) Early Medieval Philosophy
PHWR 300 (3) Philosophy & Western Religions 1
PHWR 301 (3) Philosophy & Western Religions 2
RELG 204** (3) Judaism, Christianity and Islam
RELG 256** (3) Women in Judaism and Islam

Revision, April 2013. End of revision.

Social Sciences

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

ANTH 340 (3) Middle Eastern Society and Culture
ISLA 210 (3) Muslim Societies
ISLA 360 (3) Islam and Politics
ISLA 385 (3) Poetics & Politics in Arabic Literature
ISLA 388 (3) Persian Literature
ISLA 392 (3) Arabic Literature as World Literature
ISLA 415 (3) Modern Iran: Anthropological Approach
ISLA 585 (3) Arab Women's Literature
POLI 340 (3) Developing Areas/Middle East
POLI 341 (3) Foreign Policy: The Middle East
POLI 347 (3) Arab-Israel Conflict, Crisis, Peace
POLI 437 (3) Politics in Israel

Middle East Studies

MEST 495 (3) Middle East Studies: Research Seminar
MEST 496 (3) Independent Reading and Research

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component Middle East Studies (36 credits)

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 (3) Middle East Studies: Research Seminar

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 (4.5) Introductory Arabic
ISLA 521D2 (4.5) Introductory Arabic
ISLA 522 (6) Lower Intermediate Arabic
ISLA 522D1 (3) Lower Intermediate Arabic
ISLA 522D2 (3) Lower Intermediate Arabic
ISLA 523D1 (3) Higher Intermediate Arabic
ISLA 523D2 (3) Higher Intermediate Arabic
ISLA 524 (3) Advanced Arabic 1
ISLA 525 (3) Advanced Arabic 2

Middle East Languages - Hebrew

JWST 220D1 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 220D2 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 320D1 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 320D2 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 340D1 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 340D2 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 367 (3) Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture 1
JWST 368 (3) Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture 2
JWST 369 (3) Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture 3
JWST 370 (3) Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature

Middle East Languages - Persian

ISLA 541D1 (3) Introductory Persian
ISLA 541D2 (3) Introductory Persian
ISLA 542D1 (3) Lower Intermediate Persian
ISLA 542D2 (3) Lower Intermediate Persian
ISLA 543 (3) Upper Intermediate Persian 1
ISLA 544 (3) Upper Intermediate Persian 2
ISLA 545 (3) Advanced Persian 1
ISLA 546 (3) Advanced Persian 2

Middle East Languages - Turkish

ISLA 532D1 (3) Introductory Turkish
ISLA 532D2 (3) Introductory Turkish
ISLA 533D1 (3) Lower Intermediate Turkish
ISLA 533D2 (3) Lower Intermediate Turkish
ISLA 534D1 (3) Higher Intermediate Turkish
ISLA 534D2 (3) Higher Intermediate Turkish
ISLA 535D1 (3) Advanced Turkish
ISLA 535D2 (3) Advanced Turkish

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* (3) Modern History of Islamic Movements
HIST 339* (3) Arab-Israeli Conflict
HIST 448 (3) Women, Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East
ISLA 350* (3) From Tribe to Dynasty
ISLA 355* (3) Modern History of the Middle East
ISLA 410* (3) History: Middle-East 1798-1918
ISLA 411* (3) History: Middle-East 1918-1945
ISLA 511D1* (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
ISLA 511D2* (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
JWST 323 (3) The Israeli Novel
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism

Religion and Philosophy

Revision, April 2013. Start of revision.

* 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* (3) Islamic Civilization
ISLA 325* (3) Introduction to Shi'i Islam
ISLA 330* (3) Islamic Mysticism: Sufism
ISLA 340* (3) Islamic Law and Human Rights
ISLA 345* (3) Science and Civilization in Islam
ISLA 370* (3) The Qur’an: History and Interpretation
ISLA 380* (3) Islamic Philosophy and Theology
ISLA 383* (3) Central Questions in Islamic Law
ISLA 506* (3) Islam: Later Developments
JWST 562 (3) Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophy
PHIL 356 (3) Early Medieval Philosophy
PHWR 300 (3) Philosophy & Western Religions 1
PHWR 301 (3) Philosophy & Western Religions 2
RELG 204** (3) Judaism, Christianity and Islam
RELG 256** (3) Women in Judaism and Islam

Revision, April 2013. End of revision.

Social Sciences

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

ANTH 340 (3) Middle Eastern Society and Culture
ISLA 210 (3) Muslim Societies
ISLA 360 (3) Islam and Politics
ISLA 385 (3) Poetics & Politics in Arabic Literature
ISLA 388 (3) Persian Literature
ISLA 392 (3) Arabic Literature as World Literature
ISLA 415 (3) Modern Iran: Anthropological Approach
ISLA 585 (3) Arab Women's Literature
POLI 340 (3) Developing Areas/Middle East
POLI 341 (3) Foreign Policy: The Middle East
POLI 347 (3) Arab-Israel Conflict, Crisis, Peace
POLI 437 (3) Politics in Israel

Middle East Studies

MEST 495 (3) Middle East Studies: Research Seminar
MEST 496 (3) Independent Reading and Research
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