Major Concentration Middle East Studies (36 credits)

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

Program Requirements

Required Courses (3 credits)

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

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

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Setrag Manoukian (Winter)

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

Complementary Courses (33 credits)

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

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

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

Middle East Languages - Arabic

  • ISLA 521D1 Introductory Arabic (4.5 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Modern Standard Literary Arabic (non-spoken).

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Shokry Gohar, David Nancekivell, Muhammad Ahmad Munir (Fall)

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 521D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Shokry Gohar, David Nancekivell, Muhammad Ahmad Munir (Winter)

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies

    Terms: Summer 2011, Fall 2010, Winter 2011

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

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Shokry Gohar, David Nancekivell (Fall)

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 522D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Shokry Gohar, David Nancekivell (Winter)

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: David Nancekivell, Shokry Gohar (Fall)

    • Fall and Winter
    • 3 hours and laboratory
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 522D1/D2 or equivalent, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.
    • Formerly 397-623
    • Students must register for both ISLA 523D1 and ISLA 523D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 523D1 and ISLA 523D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 523D2 Higher Intermediate Arabic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 523D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: David Nancekivell, Shokry Gohar (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 523D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 523D1 and ISLA 523D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

Middle East Languages - Hebrew

  • JWST 200 Hebrew Language (Intensive) (12 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Intensive language course, covering the first two levels in one year rather than the usual two.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking JWST 220 or JWST 320
    • Normally offered in the summer.
  • JWST 220D1 Introductory Hebrew (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Lea Fima, Nitza Parry (Fall)

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

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : See JWST 220D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Lea Fima, Nitza Parry (Winter)

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

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Lea Fima, Bracha Gams-Shauli (Fall)

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

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : See JWST 320D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Lea Fima, Bracha Gams-Shauli (Winter)

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

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Bracha Gams-Shauli (Fall)

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

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : See JWST 340D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Bracha Gams-Shauli (Winter)

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

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Fall
  • JWST 368 Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Winter
  • JWST 369 Studies in Hebrew Language and Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Lea Fima (Fall)

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

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Lea Fima (Winter)

    • Winter
  • JWST 411 Topics: Modern Hebrew Literature 1881-1948 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Reading of Hebrew prose and poetry written mostly in Eastern Europe, prior to and after the Russian revolution, and in Palestine during the mandate (1917 - 1948). Discussion of writers such as Mendele Mocher Sforim, Bialik, Agnon, Shlonsky and Shamir will focus on the striking emergence of modern Hebrew as a vehicle for secular art.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: Knowledge of advanced Hebrew essential
  • JWST 412 Topics: Modern Hebrew Literature 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Readings from Israeli prose and poetry illustrating some of the main concerns of the literature: the struggle for survival, the holocaust, the tension between the collective and the individual, the decline of orthodox Judaism and of Zionist ideology, the conflicts between the religious and the secular, Oriental and occidental, Jew and Arab.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: Knowledge of advanced Hebrew essential
  • JWST 438 Survey of Hebrew Literature 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: Advanced Hebrew or equivalent
  • JWST 439 Survey of Hebrew Literature 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: Advanced Hebrew or equivalent

Middle East Languages - Persian

  • ISLA 541D1 Introductory Persian (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (Fall)

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 541D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (Winter)

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (Fall)

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 542D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 542D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 542D1 and ISLA 542D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

Middle East Languages - Turkish

  • ISLA 532D1 Introductory Turkish (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Sukran Fazlioglu (Fall)

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 532D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Sukran Fazlioglu (Winter)

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Sukran Fazlioglu (Fall)

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 533D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Sukran Fazlioglu (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 533D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 533D1 and ISLA 533D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

History

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

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

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

    Overview

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

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Malek Abisaab (Fall)

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

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

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

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

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

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 200 or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to U0 or U1 students.
  • ISLA 355 Modern History of the Middle East (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Malek Abisaab, Fadia Bahgat, Pascale Graham (Winter)

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Fall
    • 3 hours
  • ISLA 510D1 History: Islamic Civilization - Classical (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The origins of the early Islamic state in Arabia and the Umawi Caliphate. The growth of an Islamic civilization, and the "Abbasi Empire" until the Seljuk period. The rise of the Fatimis. The Caliphate of Cordoba.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Fall and Winter
    • 3 hours
    • Students must register for both ISLA 510D1 and ISLA 510D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 510D1 and ISLA 510D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 510D2 History: Islamic Civilization - Classical (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 510D1 for course description.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 510D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 510D1 and ISLA 510D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 511D1 History: Islamic Civilization - Mediaeval Era (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Rula Abisaab (Fall)

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 511D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Rula Abisaab (Winter)

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

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

  • JWST 366 History of Zionism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Recommended: JWST 365

Religion and Philosophy

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

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

  • ISLA 200 Islamic Civilization (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Sami Gabriel Massoud (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Note: All readings are in English.
  • ISLA 345 Science and Civilization in Islam (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Ihsan Fazlioglu, Sally Ragep (Winter)

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Reza Pourjavady, Bilal Ibrahim (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 200 or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to U0 or U1 students.
    • Note: Reading and discussion in English.
  • ISLA 383 Central Questions in Islamic Law (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Walter Edward Young, Fatima Seedat (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 200 or permission of instructor.
  • ISLA 505 Islam: Origin and Early Development (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The Qur'an, Hadith, the Shari'a and their major themes. The early development of law, theology and Sufism. The development and formation of an Islamic "orthodoxy", the development and nature of competing interpretations of Islam during the Classical Period. Topics: God, revelation, prophecy, the community and the individual and the meaning of history.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • 3 hours
  • ISLA 506 Islam: Later Developments (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • 3 hours
  • ISLA 531D1 Survey Development of Islamic Thought (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : A survey of the development of the major intellectual traditions of Islamic civilization in medieval and modern times.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • 3 hours
    • Students must register for both ISLA 531D1 and ISLA 531D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 531D1 and ISLA 531D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • ISLA 531D2 Survey Development of Islamic Thought (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 531D1 for course description.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: ISLA 531D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 531D1 and ISLA 531D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • JWST 562 Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Lawrence Kaplan (Winter)

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

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

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

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

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

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

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

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

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

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Administered by: Faculty of Arts

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: B Barry Levy, Charles Douglas Fletcher, Ellen Aitken (Winter)

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

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Administered by: Faculty of Arts

    Overview

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

    Terms: Summer 2011

    Instructors: Shayna Sheinfeld, Fatima Seedat (Summer)

Social Sciences

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

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

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Philip Carl Salzman (Winter)

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Khalid Medani, Jeffrey Sachs, Nathan Spannaus (Fall)

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 210 or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to U0 or U1 students.
    • Note: Reading and discussion in English.
  • ISLA 388 Persian Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Prashant Keshavmurthy (Fall)

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

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

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

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

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Rex J Brynen (Fall)

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

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Imad Mansour (Winter)

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

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Imad Mansour (Fall)

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

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Fall 2010

    Instructors: Harold M Waller (Fall)

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

Middle East Studies

  • MEST 375 Topics in Middle East Studies (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Middle East Studies

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2010-2011 academic year.

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

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

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2011

    Instructors: Setrag Manoukian (Winter)

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

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

    Overview

    Middle East Studies

    Terms: Fall 2010, Winter 2011

    Instructors: Setrag Manoukian (Fall) Setrag Manoukian (Winter)

Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Jan. 19, 2011) (disclaimer)