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World Islamic and Middle East Studies (ISLA)

World Islamic and Middle East Studies (ISLA)

Location

Location

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

About World Islamic and Middle East Studies

About World Islamic and Middle East Studies

The undergraduate programs in World Islamic and Middle East Studies offer students language-based interdisciplinary training about the Islamic world. Combining humanities and social-science approaches, the programs introduce students to the textual traditions and social life of Muslims—and the non-Muslims interacting with them—in different times and places, including but not limited to the Middle East.

Students in the programs learn about the complexity and variety of Muslim societies and cultures across the world, paying attention to regional specificities but also becoming aware of past and present global links. With solid grounding in language training (Arabic, Persian, Turkish, or Urdu), students take courses on history, law, sciences, philosophy, art, literature, political science, and anthropology, combining knowledge about the contemporary Islamic world and the traditions that are important for understanding it.

The Institute of Islamic Studies offers a Major and a Minor Concentration; an Honours and Joint Honours Program for students wishing to pursue more in-depth studies; and Language Minors in Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu for students interested in language training.

To register for a WIMES program, you must have been offered admission into a bachelor's program at McGill.

World Islamic and Middle East Studies (ISLA) Faculty

World Islamic and Middle East Studies (ISLA) Faculty

Director
F. Jamil Ragep
Emeritus and Retired Professors
Sajida S. Alvi; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Punj.) (Emeritus)
Issa J. Boullata; Ph.D.(Lond.) (Emeritus)
Donald P. Little; B.A.(Vanderbilt), M.A.(Stan.), Ph.D.(Calif.) (Emeritus)
Eric Ormsby; B.A.(Penn.), M.A.(Princ.), M.L.S.(Rutg.), Ph.D.(Princ.) (Retired)
A. Üner Turgay; B.A.(Robert Coll., Istanbul), M.A., Ph.D.(Wisc.) (Retired)
Professor
F. Jamil Ragep; B.A., M.A.(Mich.), Ph.D.(Harv.) (Canada Research Chair)
Robert Wisnovsky; B.A.(Yale), M.A., Ph.D.(Princ.) (James McGill Professor)
Associate Professors
Malek Abisaab; B.A.(Lebanese U.), M.A.(CUNY), Ph.D.(SUNY, Binghamton) (joint appt. with History)
Rula J. Abisaab; B.A.(Amer. U. Beirut), M.A.(Calif. St.), M.Phil., Ph.D.(Yale)
Michelle L. Hartman; B.A.(Col.), D.Phil.(Oxf.)
Setrag Manoukian; B.A.(Venice), M.A., Ph.D.(Mich.) (joint appt. with Anthropology)
Khalid Medani; B.A.(Brown), M.A.(G'town), M.A., Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.) (joint appt. with Political Science)
Laila Parsons; B.A.(Exe.), D.Phil.(Oxf.) (joint appt. with History)
Assistant Professors
Sinem Casale; B.A.(Koç), M.A., Ph.D.(Minn.)
Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim; B.A.(Al-Azhar, Univ.), M.A.(AUC), Ph.D.(G'town)
Prashant Keshavmurthy; B.A.(Jawaharlal Nehru), M.A.(Delhi), Ph.D.(Col.)
Pasha M. Khan; B.A.(Tor.), M.A., Ph.D.(Col.) (Chair in Urdu Language and Culture)
Faculty Lecturers
Shokry Gohar; B.A.(Cairo), M.A.(C'dia)
David Nancekivell; B.A., M.A.(Laval)
Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Azad), Ph.D.(Ott.)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Arabic Language (18 credits)

REVISED PROGRAM, FORMERLY MINOR MIDDLE EAST LANGUAGES The Minor Concentration in Arabic Language provides students with comprehensive training in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Arabic. For information about instructors and course descriptions, visit the program’s website at http://www.mcgill.ca/mes/. This program may be expanded to the Major ...

For more information, see Minor Concentration Arabic Language (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Persian Language (18 credits)

REVISED PROGRAM, FORMERLY MINOR MIDDLE EAST LANGUAGES The Minor Concentration in Persian Language provides students with comprehensive training in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Persian. For information about instructors and course descriptions, visit the program’s website at http://www.mcgill.ca/mes/. This program may be expanded to the ...

For more information, see Minor Concentration Persian Language (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Turkish Language (18 credits)

REVISED PROGRAM, FORMERLY MINOR MIDDLE EAST LANGUAGES The Minor Concentration in Turkish Language provides students with comprehensive training in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Turkish. For information about instructors and course descriptions, visit the program’s website at http://www.mcgill.ca/mes/. This program may be expanded to the ...

For more information, see Minor Concentration Turkish Language (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Urdu Language (18 credits)

REVISED PROGRAM, FORMERLY MINOR MIDDLE EAST LANGUAGES The Minor Concentration in Urdu Language provides students with comprehensive training in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Urdu. For information about instructors and course descriptions, visit the program’s website at http://www.mcgill.ca/mes/. This program may be expanded to the Major ...

For more information, see Minor Concentration Urdu Language (18 credits).

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

This minor replaces both the Minor in Middle East Studies and the Minor in Islamic Studies. World Islamic and Middle East Studies is an interdisciplinary program focusing on Muslim cultures and societies both past and present. Recognizing the variety of approaches within Islam, its global reach, but also its regional specificities, and that of the Middle East ...

For more information, see Minor Concentration World Islamic & Middle East Studies (18 credits).

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

This major replaces the Major Concentration in Middle East Studies. World Islamic and Middle East Studies is an interdisciplinary program focusing on Muslim cultures and societies both past and present. Recognizing the variety of approaches within Islam, its global reach, but also its regional specificities, and that of the Middle East in particular, the ...

For more information, see Major Concentration World Islamic & Middle East Studies (36 credits).

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

Revision, April 2014. Start of revision.

This honours program replaces the Honours in Middle East Studies.

World Islamic and Middle East Studies is an interdisciplinary program focusing on Muslim cultures and societies both past and present. Recognizing the variety of approaches within Islam, its global reach, but also its regional specificities, and that of the Middle East in particular, the program aims at providing students with training in the textual traditions and social life of Muslims across different times and places.

For information about instructors and course descriptions, visit the program’s website at http://www.mcgill.ca/islamicstudies/.

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

Required Courses (6 credits)

ISLA 495 (3) World Islamic and Middle East Studies Research Seminar
ISLA 496 (3) Independent Reading and Research

Complementary Courses (54 credits)

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

18-21 credits (3 levels) in one language: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, or Urdu (lists below).

33-36 credits (33 if Introductory Arabic has been chosen), distributed as follows:

3 credits of 100-/200-level non-language ISLA courses;

12 credits of 300-level non-language ISLA courses;

9 credits of 400-/500-level non-language ISLA courses;

9-12 credits at any level, including more language courses, but no more than 9 credits overall at the 100-/200-level. Students might fulfill these credits by taking complementary courses from other departments listed as relevant to the program.

Languages (18-21 credits)

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

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

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

Urdu

ISLA 551D1 (3) Introductory Urdu
ISLA 551D2 (3) Introductory Urdu
ISLA 552D1 (3) Intermediate Urdu
ISLA 552D2 (3) Intermediate Urdu
ISLA 553 (3) Advanced Urdu 1
ISLA 554 (3) Advanced Urdu 2

ISLA 100-/200-Level

3 credits from:

ISLA 199 (3) FYS: Narrations of the Middle East
ISLA 200 (3) Islamic Civilization
ISLA 210 (3) Muslim Societies

ISLA 300-Level

12 credits from:

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 350 (3) From Tribe to Dynasty
ISLA 355 (3) Modern History of the Middle East
ISLA 360 (3) Islam and Politics
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 385 (3) Poetics & Politics in Arabic Literature
ISLA 388 (3) Persian Literature
ISLA 392 (3) Arabic Literature as World Literature

ISLA 400-/500-Level

9 credits from:

ISLA 410 (3) History: Middle-East 1798-1918
ISLA 411 (3) History: Middle-East 1918-1945
ISLA 415 (3) Modern Iran: Anthropological Approach
ISLA 420 (3) Indo-Islamic Civilization: Medieval
ISLA 421 (3) Islam in South Asia: 1707 to Present
ISLA 430 (3) Islamdom: Baghdad to Cordoba
ISLA 506 (3) Islam: Later Developments
ISLA 511D1 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
ISLA 511D2 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
ISLA 515 (3) The Medieval School in Islam
ISLA 585 (3) Arab Women's Literature

9-12 credits at any level, including more language courses (from the language lists above), but no more than 9 credits overall at the 100-/200- level. Students might fulfill these credits by taking complementary courses from other departments listed as relevant to the program.

Non-ISLA Courses

ANTH 340 (3) Middle Eastern Society and Culture
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
JWST 220D1 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 220D2 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 320D1 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 320D2 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 323 (3) The Israeli Novel
JWST 340D1 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 340D2 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism
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) Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture 4
JWST 562 (3) Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophy
PHIL 356 (3) Early Medieval Philosophy
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
RELG 204 (3) Judaism, Christianity and Islam
RELG 256 (3) Women in Judaism and Islam
RELG 307 (3) Bible, Quran & Interpretations

Revision, April 2014. End of revision.

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

Revision, April 2014. Start of revision.

This joint honours program replaces the Joint Honours Component in Middle East Studies.

World Islamic and Middle East Studies is an interdisciplinary program focusing on Muslim cultures and societies both past and present. Recognizing the variety of approaches within Islam, its global reach, but also its regional specificities, and that of the Middle East in particular, the program aims at providing students with training in the textual traditions and social life of Muslims across different times and places.

For information about instructors and course descriptions, visit the program’s website at http://www.mcgill.ca/islamicstudies/.

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 World Islamic & Middle East Studies courses and, according to Faculty regulations, a minimum CGPA of 3.00 in general.

Required Course (3 credits)

ISLA 495 (3) World Islamic and Middle East Studies Research Seminar

Complementary Courses (33 credits)

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

12-15 credits (2 levels) in one language: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, or Urdu (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.

18-21 credits (18 if Introductory Arabic has been chosen), distributed as follows:

3 credits of 100-/200-level non-language ISLA courses;

9 credits of 300-level non-language ISLA courses;

3 credits of 400-/500-level non-language ISLA courses;

3-6 credits at the 300-level or above, including more language courses. Students might fulfill these credits by taking complementary courses from other departments listed as relevant to the program.

Languages (12-15 credits)

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

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

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

Urdu

ISLA 551D1 (3) Introductory Urdu
ISLA 551D2 (3) Introductory Urdu
ISLA 552D1 (3) Intermediate Urdu
ISLA 552D2 (3) Intermediate Urdu
ISLA 553 (3) Advanced Urdu 1
ISLA 554 (3) Advanced Urdu 2

ISLA 100-/200-Level

3 credits from:

ISLA 199 (3) FYS: Narrations of the Middle East
ISLA 200 (3) Islamic Civilization
ISLA 210 (3) Muslim Societies

ISLA 300-Level

9 credits from:

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 350 (3) From Tribe to Dynasty
ISLA 355 (3) Modern History of the Middle East
ISLA 360 (3) Islam and Politics
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 385 (3) Poetics & Politics in Arabic Literature
ISLA 388 (3) Persian Literature
ISLA 392 (3) Arabic Literature as World Literature

ISLA 400-/500-Level

3 credits from:

ISLA 410 (3) History: Middle-East 1798-1918
ISLA 411 (3) History: Middle-East 1918-1945
ISLA 415 (3) Modern Iran: Anthropological Approach
ISLA 420 (3) Indo-Islamic Civilization: Medieval
ISLA 421 (3) Islam in South Asia: 1707 to Present
ISLA 430 (3) Islamdom: Baghdad to Cordoba
ISLA 506 (3) Islam: Later Developments
ISLA 511D1 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
ISLA 511D2 (3) History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era
ISLA 515 (3) The Medieval School in Islam
ISLA 585 (3) Arab Women's Literature

3-6 credits at any level, including more language courses (from the language lists above), but no more than 6 credits overall of at the 200 level. Students may fulfill these credits by taking complementary courses from other departments listed as relevant to the program.

Non-ISLA Courses

ANTH 340 (3) Middle Eastern Society and Culture
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
JWST 220D1 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 220D2 (3) Introductory Hebrew
JWST 320D1 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 320D2 (3) Intermediate Hebrew
JWST 323 (3) The Israeli Novel
JWST 340D1 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 340D2 (3) Advanced Hebrew
JWST 366 (3) History of Zionism
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) Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture 4
JWST 562 (3) Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophy
PHIL 356 (3) Early Medieval Philosophy
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
RELG 204 (3) Judaism, Christianity and Islam
RELG 256 (3) Women in Judaism and Islam
RELG 307 (3) Bible, Quran & Interpretations

Revision, April 2014. End of revision.

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