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Middle East Studies (MEST) Courses

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MEST 395.00 Middle East Studies Capstone 3 credits

Open: Size: 15, Registered: 2, Waitlist: 0

Leighton 202

MTWTHF
3:10pm4:55pm
Synonym: 65654

Adeeb Khalid

The Middle East Studies capstone will allow students to reflect upon their experiences with Middle East studies, including on-campus and off-campus classwork, internships, and cross-cultural experiences, and to synthesize their work in the minor. The course will involve selected readings from a number of disciplinary perspectives and it will culminate in a final oral presentation on a project that brings together each student’s work in Middle East Studies at Carleton.

Prerequisite: Middle East Studies minor

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ARBC 103.01 Elementary Arabic 6 credits

Open: Size: 20, Registered: 11, Waitlist: 0

Language & Dining Center 335

MTWTHF
9:50am11:00am9:30am10:35am9:50am11:00am9:30am10:35am9:40am10:40am
Synonym: 64049

Zaki Haidar

This course sequence introduces non-Arabic speakers to the sounds, script, and basic grammar of Arabic--the language of 200 million speakers in the Arab world and the liturgical language of over a billion Muslims. Students will develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Modern Standard Arabic. Classes will incorporate readings and audio-visual material from contemporary Arabic media, as well as popular music.

Prerequisite: Arabic 102 or equivalent

ARBC 206.00 Arabic in Cultural Context 6 credits

Open: Size: 25, Registered: 3, Waitlist: 0

Language & Dining Center 205

MTWTHF
8:30am9:40am8:30am9:40am8:30am9:30am
Synonym: 64050

Zaki Haidar

In this course students will continue to develop their Arabic language skills, including expanding their command of Arabic grammar, improving their listening comprehension, reading and writing skills. In addition to more language-focused training, the course will introduce students to more advanced readings, including literary texts (prose and poetry, classical and modern) and op-ed articles from current media. Class discussions will be in Arabic.

Prerequisite: Arabic 205 or equivalent

ARBC 222.00 Music in the Middle East 6 credits

Closed: Size: 20, Registered: 20, Waitlist: 0

Weitz Center 230

MTWTHF
11:10am12:20pm11:10am12:20pm12:00pm1:00pm
Synonym: 64051

Yaron Klein

The Middle East is home to a great number of musical styles, genres, and traditions. Regional, ideological, and cultural diversity, national identity, and cross-cultural encounters--all express themselves in music. We will explore some of the many musical traditions in the Arab world, from early twentieth century to the present. Class discussions based on readings in English and guided listening. No prior music knowledge required, but interested students with or without musical background can participate in an optional, hands-on Arab music performance workshop, on Western or a few (provided) Middle Eastern instruments throughout the term.

ARBC 223.01 Arab Music Workshop 1 credit, S/CR/NC only

Open: Size: 25, Registered: 6, Waitlist: 0

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Synonym: 64052

Yaron Klein

Through music making, this workshop introduces students to Arab music and some of its distinctive features, such as microtonality, modality (maqam), improvisation (taqsim) and rhythmic patterns (iqa'at). Students may elect to participate playing on an instrument they already play, or elect to study the oud (the Arab lute). Ouds and percussion instruments will be provided.

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Arabic 222

ARBC 222 required.

ARBC 223.02 Arab Music Workshop 1 credit, S/CR/NC only

Open: Size: 25, Registered: 7, Waitlist: 0

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Synonym: 64053

Yaron Klein

Through music making, this workshop introduces students to Arab music and some of its distinctive features, such as microtonality, modality (maqam), improvisation (taqsim) and rhythmic patterns (iqa'at). Students may elect to participate playing on an instrument they already play, or elect to study the oud (the Arab lute). Ouds and percussion instruments will be provided.

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Arabic 222

ARBC 222 required.

ARBC 315.00 Readings in Premodern Arabic Anthologies 3 credits

Open: Size: 20, Registered: 5, Waitlist: 0

Library 305

MTWTHF
10:10am11:55am
Synonym: 64054

Yaron Klein

The concept of adab as the liberal arts education of the premodern Arab world presents itself most vividly in the adab anthology. Authors writing in this genre collected and classified the knowledge of their time, drawing on material from a large variety of disciplines: literature (poetic, proverbial, historical-anecdotal), Religion (Quran, prophetic tradition, jurisprudence, theology), linguistics, as well as philosophy and the sciences. This encyclopedic genre represented the ideal of a broad-based erudition, and the perception that education should be entertaining as it is edifying. In this class we will read excerpts from the works of some of the major premodern anthology writers: Ibn Abd Rabbihi, Abu l-Faraj al-Isfahani, al-Ibshihi and al-Nuwayri.

Prerequisite: Arabic 206 or equivalent

HEBR 103.00 Elementary Modern Hebrew 6 credits

Open: Size: 20, Registered: 8, Waitlist: 0

Language & Dining Center 330

MTWTHF
1:50pm3:00pm3:10pm4:15pm1:50pm3:00pm2:20pm3:20pm
Synonym: 64592

Stacy Beckwith

This course is for students who have completed Hebrew 102 or whose test scores indicate that this is an appropriate level of placement. We continue expanding our vocabulary and grammar knowledge, integrating listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Hebrew. We also continue working with Israeli films and internet, particularly to publish in-class magazines in Hebrew on topics related to Israel, the Middle East, and Judaic Studies.

Prerequisite: Hebrew 102 or equivalent

SOAN 201.00 Colonialism, Oil, And The War On Terror: The Global Middle East 6 credits

Open: Size: 25, Registered: 22, Waitlist: 0

Leighton 330

MTWTHF
1:15pm3:00pm1:15pm3:00pm
Synonym: 63883

Colin McLaughlin-Alcock

Through processes like colonialism, oil extraction, and the war on terror, the Middle East forms an important pivot, shaping global political and economic structures. This course will examine how the Middle East has developed in dynamic interaction with the wider globe. Yet, we will resist the urge to treat the Middle East merely as an object of Western intervention. Rather, we will explore how the West and wider globe are also shaped by this interaction. In particular, we will examine how ideas about modernity, secularism, and liberalism—key elements of contemporary Western identity—are shaped through dynamic interconnection with Middle East.

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