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World Islamic and Middle East Studies

Illustration from a Dastan-e-Amir Hamza manuscript.

The Syrian singer and actress Asmahan (1912-1944).

An early Islamic portrayal of Aristotle (right) and Alexander the Great.

Naqsh-i Jahan square, Isfahan, built during the Safavi period, ordered by the first Shah Abbas of Persia.

The Ma'an railway station (Jordan), Hejaz Railway (pre-1920).

A Muslim Druze woman in 1870s by French photographer Bonfils.

Pages from the Ghafiqi herbal held at the Osler Library.

Dastangoi: Storytelling in Urdu. A performance by Mahmood Farooqui and Danish Husain.

A photograph of Jaffa from the sea (Matson collection, late 19th C.).

A Tanukhi House in Aytat, Mount Lebanon.

A famous photograph of a woman fishing by the well-known Lebanese photographer Marie al-Khazen (1928).

World Islamic and Middle East Studies

File WIMES Program Presentation

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 the Bachelor of Arts program at McGill. The Institute of Islamic Studies does not administer undergraduate admissions. Please refer to this link for further information: https://www.mcgill.ca/undergraduate-admissions/

Major Concentration World Islamic & Middle East Studies (36 Credits)

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Complementary Courses (36 Credits)

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

21-24 credits (21 if Introductory Arabic has been chosen), of complementary courses selected from the World Islamic and Middle East Studies course lists as follows:

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

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

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

6-9 credits at any level, including more language courses, but no more than 6 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 (12-15 credits)

Arabic  

ISLA 221D1 Introductory Arabic 4.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 221D2 Introductory Arabic 4.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 322 Lower Intermediate Arabic 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 322D1 Lower Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 322D2 Lower Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 423D1 Higher Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 423D2 Higher Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 524 Advanced Arabic 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 525 Advanced Arabic 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

Persian  

ISLA 241D1 Introductory Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 241D2 Introductory Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 342D1 Lower Intermediate Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 342D2 Lower Intermediate Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 543 Upper Intermediate Persian 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 544 Upper Intermediate Persian 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 545 Advanced Persian 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 546 Advanced Persian 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer



 

Turkish

ISLA 232D1 Introductory Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 232D2 Introductory Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 333D1 Lower Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 333D2 Lower Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 434D1 Higher Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 434D2 Higher Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 535D1 Advanced Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 535D2 Advanced Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

Urdu

ISLA 251D1 Introductory Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 251D2 Introductory Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 352D1 Intermediate Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 352D2 Intermediate Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 553 Advanced Urdu-Hindi 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 554 Advanced Urdu-Hindi 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

ISLA 100-/200-Level

3 credits from:

ISLA 199 FYS: Narr of the Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 200 Islamic Civilization 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 210 Muslim Societies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

ISLA 300-Level

6 credits from:

ISLA 310 Women in Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 320 Art of Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 325 Introduction to Shi'i Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 330 Islamic Mysticism: Sufism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 340 Islamic Law and Human Rights 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 345 Science&Civilization in Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 350 From Tribe to Dynasty 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 355 Modern History: Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 360 Islam and Politics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 370 The Qur’an: Hist & Interpret 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 380 Islamic Philosophy & Theology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 383 Central Questions-Islamic Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 385 Poetics & Politics in Arab Lit 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 388 Persian Literature 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 392 Arabic Lit as World Lit 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

ISLA 400-/500-Level

6 credits from:

ISLA 410 History:Middle-East 1798-1918 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 411 History:Middle-East 1918-1945 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 415 Modern Iran: Anthro Approach 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 420 Indo-Islamic Civ: Medieval 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 421 Islamic Culture-Indian Subcont 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 430 Islamdom: Baghdad to Cordoba 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 488 Tales of Wonder-Islamic World 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 502 Art in the Age of Empires 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 505 Islam:Origin&Early Development 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 506 Islam: Later Developments 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 511 Medieval Islam, 10th-12th Cent 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 512 Art of the Ottoman Empire 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 515 The Medieval School in Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 516 Medieval Islam, 13th-15th Cent 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 526 Colloquial Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 555 Urdu Poetry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 585 Arab Women's Literature 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Remainder

6-9 credits at any level, including

ISLA 499 WI&MES Internship 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

or more language courses (from the lists above), but no more than 6 credits overall at the 100/200 level. Students might also fulfill these credits by taking complementary courses from other departments (from the list below).
 

Non-ISLA Courses  

ANTH 209 Anthropology of Religion 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ANTH 318 Globalization and Religion 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ANTH 327 Anthropology of South Asia 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ANTH 340 Middle Eastern Society&Culture 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 209 Intro to South Asian History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 240 Mod Hist of Islamic Movements 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 339 Arab-Israeli Conflict 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 340 History of Modern Egypt 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 341 Themes in South Asian History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 435 Topics in South Asian History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 446 Topics in Middle East History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 591D1 Modern Middle East History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 591D2 Modern Middle East History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 220D1 Introductory Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 220D2 Introductory Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 245 Jewish Life - Islamic World 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 261 Hist of Jewish Phil & Thought 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 312 Modern Jewish History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 320D1 Intermediate Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 320D2 Intermediate Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 323 The Israeli Novel 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 334 Jew&Muslims: A Modern History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 338 Jewish Philosophy & Thought 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 340D1 Advanced Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 340D2 Advanced Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 348 Modern Jewish Studies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 366 History of Zionism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 367 Hebrew through Israeli Cinema 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 368 A Taste of Hebrew Literature 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 369 Hebrew Lang&Israeli Culture 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 370 Israeli Popular Culture 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 562 Medieval Islamic & Jewish Phil 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


PHIL 356 Early Medieval Philosophy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 340 Developing Areas/Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 341 Foreign Policy:The Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 347 Arab-Israel Confl,Crisis,Peace 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


RELG 204 Judaism, Christianity&Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


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


RELG 307 Bible, Quran & Interpretations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


RELG 309 World Rel&Cultures They Create 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


RELG 573 Religions in Global Society 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Honours World Islamic & Middle East Studies (60 Credits)

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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 WI&MES Research Seminar 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 496 Independent Reading & Research 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

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.

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 221D1 Introductory Arabic 4.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 221D2 Introductory Arabic 4.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 322 Lower Intermediate Arabic 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 322D1 Lower Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 322D2 Lower Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 423D1 Higher Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 423D2 Higher Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 524 Advanced Arabic 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 525 Advanced Arabic 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

Persian

ISLA 241D1 Introductory Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 241D2 Introductory Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 342D1 Lower Intermediate Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 342D2 Lower Intermediate Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 543 Upper Intermediate Persian 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 544 Upper Intermediate Persian 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 545 Advanced Persian 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 546 Advanced Persian 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

Turkish

ISLA 232D1 Introductory Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 232D2 Introductory Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 333D1 Lower Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 333D2 Lower Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 434D1 Higher Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 434D2 Higher Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 535D1 Advanced Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 535D2 Advanced Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

Urdu

ISLA 251D1 Introductory Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 251D2 Introductory Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 352D1 Intermediate Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 352D2 Intermediate Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 553 Advanced Urdu-Hindi 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 554 Advanced Urdu-Hindi 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

ISLA 100-/200-Level

3 credits from:

ISLA 199 FYS: Narr of the Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 200 Islamic Civilization 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 210 Muslim Societies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

ISLA 300-Level

12 credits from:

ISLA 310 Women in Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 320 Art of Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 325 Introduction to Shi'i Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 330 Islamic Mysticism: Sufism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 340 Islamic Law and Human Rights 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 345 Science&Civilization in Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 350 From Tribe to Dynasty 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 355 Modern History: Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 360 Islam and Politics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 370 The Qur’an: Hist & Interpret 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 380 Islamic Philosophy & Theology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 383 Central Questions-Islamic Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 385 Poetics & Politics in Arab Lit 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 388 Persian Literature 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 392 Arabic Lit as World Lit 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

ISLA 400-/500-Level

9 credits from:

ISLA 410 History:Middle-East 1798-1918 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 411 History:Middle-East 1918-1945 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 415 Modern Iran: Anthro Approach 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 420 Indo-Islamic Civ: Medieval 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 421 Islamic Culture-Indian Subcont 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 430 Islamdom: Baghdad to Cordoba 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 488 Tales of Wonder-Islamic World 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 502 Art in the Age of Empires 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 505 Islam:Origin&Early Development 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 506 Islam: Later Developments 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 511 Medieval Islam, 10th-12th Cent 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 512 Art of the Ottoman Empire 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 515 The Medieval School in Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 516 Medieval Islam, 13th-15th Cent 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 526 Colloquial Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 555 Urdu Poetry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 585 Arab Women's Literature 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Remainder

9-12 credits at any level, including

ISLA 499 WI&MES Internship 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

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

Non-ISLA Courses  

ANTH 209 Anthropology of Religion 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ANTH 318 Globalization and Religion 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ANTH 327 Anthropology of South Asia 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ANTH 340 Middle Eastern Society&Culture 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 209 Intro to South Asian History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 240 Mod Hist of Islamic Movements 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 339 Arab-Israeli Conflict 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 340 History of Modern Egypt 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 341 Themes in South Asian History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 435 Topics in South Asian History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 446 Topics in Middle East History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 591D1 Modern Middle East History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 591D2 Modern Middle East History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 220D1 Introductory Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 220D2 Introductory Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 245 Jewish Life - Islamic World 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 261 Hist of Jewish Phil & Thought 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 312 Modern Jewish History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 320D1 Intermediate Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 320D2 Intermediate Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 323 The Israeli Novel 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 334 Jew&Muslims: A Modern History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 338 Jewish Philosophy & Thought 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 340D1 Advanced Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 340D2 Advanced Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 348 Modern Jewish Studies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 366 History of Zionism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 367 Hebrew through Israeli Cinema 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 368 A Taste of Hebrew Literature 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 369 Hebrew Lang&Israeli Culture 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 370 Israeli Popular Culture 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 562 Medieval Islamic & Jewish Phil 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


PHIL 356 Early Medieval Philosophy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 340 Developing Areas/Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 341 Foreign Policy:The Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 347 Arab-Israel Confl,Crisis,Peace 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


RELG 204 Judaism, Christianity&Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


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


RELG 307 Bible, Quran & Interpretations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


RELG 309 World Rel&Cultures They Create 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


RELG 573 Religions in Global Society 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Joint Honours Component World Islamic & Middle East Studies (36 Credits)

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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 2019-2020 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 WI&MES Research Seminar 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

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

Languages (12-15 credits)

Arabic

ISLA 221D1 Introductory Arabic 4.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 221D2 Introductory Arabic 4.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 322 Lower Intermediate Arabic 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 322D1 Lower Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 322D2 Lower Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 423D1 Higher Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 423D2 Higher Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 524 Advanced Arabic 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 525 Advanced Arabic 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

Persian

ISLA 241D1 Introductory Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 241D2 Introductory Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 342D1 Lower Intermediate Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 342D2 Lower Intermediate Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 543 Upper Intermediate Persian 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 544 Upper Intermediate Persian 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 545 Advanced Persian 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 546 Advanced Persian 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

Turkish

ISLA 232D1 Introductory Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 232D2 Introductory Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 333D1 Lower Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 333D2 Lower Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 434D1 Higher Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 434D2 Higher Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 535D1 Advanced Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 535D2 Advanced Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

Urdu

ISLA 251D1 Introductory Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 251D2 Introductory Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 352D1 Intermediate Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 352D2 Intermediate Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 553 Advanced Urdu-Hindi 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 554 Advanced Urdu-Hindi 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

ISLA 100-/200-Level

3 credits from:

ISLA 199 FYS: Narr of the Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 200 Islamic Civilization 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 210 Muslim Societies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

ISLA 300-Level

9 credits from:

ISLA 310 Women in Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 320 Art of Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 325 Introduction to Shi'i Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 330 Islamic Mysticism: Sufism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 340 Islamic Law and Human Rights 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 345 Science&Civilization in Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 350 From Tribe to Dynasty 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 355 Modern History: Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 360 Islam and Politics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 370 The Qur’an: Hist & Interpret 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 380 Islamic Philosophy & Theology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 383 Central Questions-Islamic Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 385 Poetics & Politics in Arab Lit 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 388 Persian Literature 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 392 Arabic Lit as World Lit 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

ISLA 400-/500-Level

3 credits from:

ISLA 410 History:Middle-East 1798-1918 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 411 History:Middle-East 1918-1945 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 415 Modern Iran: Anthro Approach 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 420 Indo-Islamic Civ: Medieval 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 421 Islamic Culture-Indian Subcont 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 430 Islamdom: Baghdad to Cordoba 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 488 Tales of Wonder-Islamic World 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 502 Art in the Age of Empires 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 505 Islam:Origin&Early Development 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 506 Islam: Later Developments 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 511 Medieval Islam, 10th-12th Cent 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 512 Art of the Ottoman Empire 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 515 The Medieval School in Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 516 Medieval Islam, 13th-15th Cent 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 526 Colloquial Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 555 Urdu Poetry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 585 Arab Women's Literature 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Remainder

3-6 credits at any level, including

ISLA 499 WI&MES Internship 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

or more language courses (from the lists above), but no more than 6 credits overall at the 200-level. Students might also fulfill these credits by taking complementary courses from other departments listed as relevant to the program (from the list below).
 

Non-ISLA Courses  

ANTH 209 Anthropology of Religion 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ANTH 318 Globalization and Religion 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ANTH 327 Anthropology of South Asia 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ANTH 340 Middle Eastern Society&Culture 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 209 Intro to South Asian History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 240 Mod Hist of Islamic Movements 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 339 Arab-Israeli Conflict 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 340 History of Modern Egypt 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 341 Themes in South Asian History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 435 Topics in South Asian History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 446 Topics in Middle East History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 591D1 Modern Middle East History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 591D2 Modern Middle East History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 220D1 Introductory Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 220D2 Introductory Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 245 Jewish Life - Islamic World 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 261 Hist of Jewish Phil & Thought 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 312 Modern Jewish History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 320D1 Intermediate Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 320D2 Intermediate Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 323 The Israeli Novel 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 334 Jew&Muslims: A Modern History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 338 Jewish Philosophy & Thought 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 340D1 Advanced Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 340D2 Advanced Hebrew 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 348 Modern Jewish Studies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 366 History of Zionism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 367 Hebrew through Israeli Cinema 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 368 A Taste of Hebrew Literature 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 369 Hebrew Lang&Israeli Culture 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 370 Israeli Popular Culture 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


JWST 562 Medieval Islamic & Jewish Phil 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


PHIL 356 Early Medieval Philosophy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 340 Developing Areas/Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 341 Foreign Policy:The Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


POLI 347 Arab-Israel Confl,Crisis,Peace 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


RELG 204 Judaism, Christianity&Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


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


RELG 307 Bible, Quran & Interpretations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


RELG 309 World Rel&Cultures They Create 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


RELG 573 Religions in Global Society 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Minor Concentration World Islamic & Middle East Studies (18 Credits)

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You cannot use the S/U option for more than one course that is taken to satisfy a minor.

Complementary Courses (18 Credits) N.B.: No language courses could be counted towards this minor.

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

3 credits at the 100/200 level in non-language ISLA courses;

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

6 credits at any level, but no more than 6 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.
 

ISLA 100-/200-Level

3 credits from:

ISLA 199 FYS: Narr of the Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 200 Islamic Civilization 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 210 Muslim Societies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

ISLA 300-Level

9 credits from:

ISLA 310 Women in Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 320 Art of Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 325 Introduction to Shi'i Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 330 Islamic Mysticism: Sufism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 340 Islamic Law and Human Rights 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 345 Science&Civilization in Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 350 From Tribe to Dynasty 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 355 Modern History: Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 360 Islam and Politics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 370 The Qur’an: Hist & Interpret 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 380 Islamic Philosophy & Theology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 383 Central Questions-Islamic Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 385 Poetics & Politics in Arab Lit 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 388 Persian Literature 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 392 Arabic Lit as World Lit 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

Remainder

6 credits at any level, but no more than 6 credits overall at the 100/200 level. Students might also fulfill these credits by taking complementary courses from other departments listed below.
 

ISLA Courses

ISLA 199 FYS: Narr of the Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 200 Islamic Civilization 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 210 Muslim Societies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 310 Women in Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 320 Art of Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 325 Introduction to Shi'i Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 330 Islamic Mysticism: Sufism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 340 Islamic Law and Human Rights 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 345 Science&Civilization in Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 350 From Tribe to Dynasty 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 355 Modern History: Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 360 Islam and Politics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 370 The Qur’an: Hist & Interpret 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 380 Islamic Philosophy & Theology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 383 Central Questions-Islamic Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 385 Poetics & Politics in Arab Lit 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 388 Persian Literature 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 392 Arabic Lit as World Lit 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 410 History:Middle-East 1798-1918 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 411 History:Middle-East 1918-1945 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 415 Modern Iran: Anthro Approach 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 420 Indo-Islamic Civ: Medieval 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 421 Islamic Culture-Indian Subcont 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 430 Islamdom: Baghdad to Cordoba 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 488 Tales of Wonder-Islamic World 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 499 WI&MES Internship 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 502 Art in the Age of Empires 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 505 Islam:Origin&Early Development 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 506 Islam: Later Developments 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 511 Medieval Islam, 10th-12th Cent 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 512 Art of the Ottoman Empire 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 515 The Medieval School in Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 516 Medieval Islam, 13th-15th Cent 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 555 Urdu Poetry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 585 Arab Women's Literature 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Non-ISLA Courses  

ANTH 209 Anthropology of Religion 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ANTH 318 Globalization and Religion 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ANTH 327 Anthropology of South Asia 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ANTH 340 Middle Eastern Society&Culture 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 209 Intro to South Asian History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


HIST 240 Mod Hist of Islamic Movements 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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HIST 339 Arab-Israeli Conflict 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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HIST 340 History of Modern Egypt 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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HIST 341 Themes in South Asian History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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HIST 435 Topics in South Asian History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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HIST 446 Topics in Middle East History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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HIST 591D1 Modern Middle East History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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HIST 591D2 Modern Middle East History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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JWST 245 Jewish Life - Islamic World 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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JWST 261 Hist of Jewish Phil & Thought 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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JWST 312 Modern Jewish History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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JWST 323 The Israeli Novel 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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JWST 334 Jew&Muslims: A Modern History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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JWST 338 Jewish Philosophy & Thought 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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JWST 348 Modern Jewish Studies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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JWST 366 History of Zionism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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JWST 562 Medieval Islamic & Jewish Phil 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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PHIL 356 Early Medieval Philosophy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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POLI 340 Developing Areas/Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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POLI 341 Foreign Policy:The Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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POLI 347 Arab-Israel Confl,Crisis,Peace 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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RELG 204 Judaism, Christianity&Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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RELG 256 Women in Judaism and Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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RELG 307 Bible, Quran & Interpretations 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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RELG 309 World Rel&Cultures They Create 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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RELG 573 Religions in Global Society 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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Minor Languages

Arabic | Persian | Turkish | Urdu

You cannot use the S/U option for more than one course that is taken to satisfy a minor.

The Islamic Studies Institute offers Language Minors in Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu that offer students comprehensive training in listening, speaking, reading and writing in one of these languages.

This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration in World Islamic and Middle East Studies.

Minor Concentration Arabic Language (18 Credits)

Complementary Courses

18 credits of Arabic language (3 levels) from the list below. Note that one level is considered to be 6 credits. In the case of Introductory Arabic (9 credits), the extra 3 credits will be counted as electives.

ISLA 221D1 Introductory Arabic 4.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 221D2 Introductory Arabic 4.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 322 Lower Intermediate Arabic 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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ISLA 322D1 Lower Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 322D2 Lower Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 423D1 Higher Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 423D2 Higher Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 524 Advanced Arabic 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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ISLA 525 Advanced Arabic 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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Minor Concentration Persian Language (18 Credits)

Complementary Courses

18 credits of Persian language (3 levels) from the list below. Note that one level is considered to be 6 credits.

ISLA 241D1 Introductory Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 241D2 Introductory Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 342D1 Lower Intermediate Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 342D2 Lower Intermediate Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


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:
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ISLA 545 Advanced Persian 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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ISLA 546 Advanced Persian 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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Minor Concentration Turkish Language (18 Credits)

Complementary Courses

18 credits of Turkish language (3 levels) from the list below.

ISLA 232D1 Introductory Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 232D2 Introductory Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 333D1 Lower Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 333D2 Lower Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 434D1 Higher Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 434D2 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
  • Winter
  • Summer


 

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Minor Concentration Urdu Language (18 Credits)

Complementary Courses

18 credits of Urdu language (3 levels) from the list below.

ISLA 251D1 Introductory Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 251D2 Introductory Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 352D1 Intermediate Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 352D2 Intermediate Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 553 Advanced Urdu-Hindi 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ISLA 554 Advanced Urdu-Hindi 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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  • Summer


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WIMES Advising

WIMES Programs encourage multidisciplinary and diverse approaches to the study of the Islamic World.

If you want more information about the WIMES programs requirements and credits you can get in touch with the Student Affairs Coordinator at info.islamics [at] mcgill.ca.

We suggest that you meet with an advisor to get guidance on how to choose classes, develop specific interests or ideas, and on how to get the most out of the WIMES programs. One of the following faculty members will be happy to meet with you.

malek.abisaab [at] mcgill.ca (Malek Abisaab)
setrag.manoukian [at] mcgill.ca (Setrag Manoukian)
laila.parsons [at] mcgill.ca (Laila Parsons)
michelle.hartman [at] mcgill.ca (Michelle Hartman)

Study Away

If you would like to take courses at another university towards your WIMES program, please email the Student Affairs Coordinator, info.islamics [at] mcgill.ca (Adina Sigartau).  

Arts Study Away

Plan and Prepare for Study Away

Degree Planning Worksheet for Studying Away

Transfer Credit Policy

Courses

ISLA 199 FYS: Narr of the Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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ISLA 200 Islamic Civilization 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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PDF icon ISLA 200 Fall 2019

ISLA 210 Muslim Societies 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PDF icon ISLA 210

ISLA 221D1 Introductory Arabic 4.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ISLA 221D2 Introductory Arabic 4.5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ISLA 232D1 Introductory Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ISLA 232D2 Introductory Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PDF iconFall 2019 Winter 2020

ISLA 241D1 Introductory Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ISLA 241D2 Introductory Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PDF iconISLA 241D2 (541D2 previously)

PDF iconPersian Language Courses Brochure

ISLA 251D1 Introductory Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ISLA 251D2 Introductory Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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ISLA 300 Special Topics 7 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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ISLA 305 Topics in Islamic History 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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ISLA 310 Women in Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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PDF iconISLA 310 Winter 2020

ISLA 320 Art of Islam 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 322 Lower Intermediate Arabic 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ISLA 322D1 Lower Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 322D2 Lower Intermediate Arabic 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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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 330 - Winter 2020

ISLA 333D1 Lower Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ISLA 333D2 Lower Intermediate Turkish 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PDF iconFall 2019 Winter 2020

ISLA 340 Islamic Law and Human Rights 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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ISLA 342D1 Lower Intermediate Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ISLA 342D2 Lower Intermediate Persian 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PDF iconISLA 342D2 (542D2 previously)

PDF iconPersian Language Courses Brochure

ISLA 345 Science&Civilization in Islam 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 352D1 Intermediate Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
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ISLA 352D2 Intermediate Urdu-Hindi 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PDF iconISLA 552 Fall 2019 Winter 2020

ISLA 355 Modern History: Middle East 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 360 Islam and Politics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
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ISLA 365 Middle East Since the 1970's 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:
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PDF icon ISLA 380 - Fall 2019

ISLA 383 Central Questions-Islamic Law 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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PDF icon ISLA 383

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:
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ISLA 410 History:Middle-East 1798-1918 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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ISLA 411 History:Middle-East 1918-1945 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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ISLA 415 Modern Iran: Anthro Approach 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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ISLA 420 Indo-Islamic Civ: Medieval 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
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PDF icon ISLA 420 Fall 2019

ISLA 421