Courses

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

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Students must choose a major subject and may choose a minor subject. Students may also select from one of seven concentrations, which are offered to enhance a student's work in the major or minor and to focus work on a specific area of interest.

Concentrations are an intentional cluster of courses already offered by various academic departments or through general programs. These courses may also be cross-listed in several academic departments. Therefore, when registering for a course that counts toward a concentration, a student should register for the course listed in her major or minor department. If the concentration course is not listed in her major or minor department, the student may enroll in any listing of that course.

Spring 2022

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
ARAB B004-001Second-Year Modern Standard ArabicSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFOld Library 223
In Person
Darwish,M., Darwish,M.
LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHOld Library 223
In Person
ARCH B101-001Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFOld Library 224
In Person
Herrmann,V.
ARCH B229-001Visual Culture of the Ancient Near EastSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWGuild Hall 203
In Person
Tasopoulou,E.
HEBR B002-001Elementary HebrewSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWOld Library 118
In Person
Sataty,N., Sataty,N.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHOld Library 118
In Person
INST B210-001Popular Uprisings in Global PerspectiveSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 119
In Person
Elamin,N.
INST B301-001Politics of Aid and HumanitarianismSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WTaylor Hall G
In Person
Elamin,N.
MEST B200-001Introduction to Middle Eastern StudiesSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM WDalton Hall 119
In Person
Salikuddin,R.
MEST B301-001An Introduction to Middle East Media and CultureSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WBettws Y Coed 239
In Person
Mesard,B.
POLS B318-001United States and the Middle EastSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TOld Library 102
In Person
Shils,N.

Fall 2022

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
ARAB B003-001Second Year Modern Standard ArabicSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHOld Library 223
In Person
Darwish,M., Darwish,M.
Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFOld Library 223
In Person
ARCH B101-001Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFOld Library 110
In Person
Bradbury,J.
ARCH B235-001Death and Burial in the Ancient Near EastSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWCarpenter Library 25
In Person
Bradbury,J.
ARCH B244-001Great Empires of the Ancient Near EastSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHCarpenter Library 25
In Person
Dept. staff, TBA
HEBR B001-001Elementary HebrewSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWOld Library 118
In Person
Sataty,N., Sataty,N.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHOld Library 118
In Person
HIST B234-001An Introduction to Middle Eastern HistorySemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWCarpenter Library 25
In Person
Salikuddin,R.
MEST B302-001The Legacy of Genghis Khan: The Mongols & Their SuccessorsSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM MCarpenter Library 15
In Person
Salikuddin,R.
POLS B141-001Introduction to International PoliticsSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHIn PersonCarby Denning,N.
POLS B283-001Middle East PoliticsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWIn PersonSasmaz,A.

Spring 2023

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
ARAB B004-001Second-Year Modern Standard ArabicSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFOld Library 223
In Person
Darwish,M., Darwish,M.
Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHOld Library 223
In Person
ARCH B240-001Archaeology and History of Ancient MesopotamiaSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TCarpenter Library 25
In Person
Bradbury,J.
ARCH B317-001Cultural Heritage and Endangered ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM THCarpenter Library 25
In Person
Bradbury,J.
FREN B312-001Advanced Topics in LiteratureSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TIn PersonCrucifix,E.
HEBR B002-001Elementary HebrewSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWOld Library 118
In Person
Sataty,N., Sataty,N.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHOld Library 118
In Person
INST B210-001Popular Uprisings in Global PerspectiveSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 119
In Person
Elamin,N.
INST B301-001Politics of Aid and HumanitarianismSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WDalton Hall 2
In Person
Elamin,N.
MEST B200-001Introduction to Middle Eastern StudiesSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM WCarpenter Library 25
In Person
Salikuddin,R.
MEST B205-001Topics: Ethics and Islam: Bioethics and IslamSemester / 1In PersonMesard,B.
MEST B303-001The Art and Architecture of Islamic SpiritualitySemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM WCarpenter Library 25
In Person
Salikuddin,R.

2022-23 Catalog Data

INST B210 Popular Uprisings in Global Perspective
Spring 2023
In recent years, popular uprisings and protest movements have mobilized hundreds and thousands of people in different parts of the world to demand a radical overhauling of existing systems and changes in political leadership. These uprisings have raised a series of questions that will be the focus of this class. What are the catalysts, underlying causes and demands of these protest movements? What can we learn from the grassroots organizing that allowed these movements to gain momentum? All too often popular uprisings in the Global South in particular, are seen as representing the failures and limits of revolutionary action and politics rather than their potential and promise. What then, do recent popular uprisings reveal about the limitations and relevance of various theoretical approaches to explaining revolutionary phenomena and action? How might local scholars and activists analyzing the popular uprisings taking place in their countries, allow us to develop new vocabularies and frameworks for understanding popular protests and revolutionary action elsewhere? Students will explore these questions through a series of case studies including Sudan, Hong Kong, Chile, Lebanon, France, Ethiopia and India.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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ARAB B003 Second Year Modern Standard Arabic
Fall 2022
Combines intensive oral practice with writing and reading in the modern language. The course aims to increase students' expressive ability through the introduction of more advanced grammatical patterns and idiomatic expressions. Introduces students to authentic written texts and examples of Arabic expression through several media. Prerequisite: ARAB H002 or placement by instructor.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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ARAB B004 Second-Year Modern Standard Arabic
Spring 2023
Combines intensive oral practice with writing and reading in the modern language. The course aims to increase students' expressive ability through the introduction of more advanced grammatical patterns and idiomatic expressions. Introduces students to authentic written texts and examples of Arabic expression through several media. Prerequisite: ARAB B003 or placement.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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ARCH B101 Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology
Fall 2022
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of the ancient Near East and Egypt.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B104 Archaeology of Agricultural and Urban Revolutions
Not offered 2022-23
This course examines the archaeology of the two most fundamental changes that have occurred in human society in the last 12,000 years, agriculture and urbanism, and we explore these in Egypt and the Near East as far as India. We also explore those societies that did not experience these changes.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Geoarchaeology
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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ARCH B208 Ancient Near Eastern History
Not offered 2022-23
This course will explore some of the key historical figures, events and inventions that shaped Ancient Near Eastern societies and traditions. We will consider the impact that the modern disciplines of ancient near eastern archaeology and history have had on our understanding of this region. We will also discuss how the ancient history and more recent colonial past of this region has impacted upon and shaped our modern interpretations of this region.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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ARCH B224 Women in the Ancient Near East
Not offered 2022-23
A survey of the social position of women in the ancient Near East, from sedentary villages to empires of the first millennium B.C.E. Topics include critiques of traditional concepts of gender in archaeology and theories of matriarchy. Case studies illustrate the historicity of gender concepts: women's work in early village societies; the meanings of Neolithic female figurines; the representation of gender in the Gilgamesh epic; the institution of the "Tawananna" (queen) in the Hittite empire; the indirect power of women such as Semiramis in the Neo-Assyrian palaces. Reliefs, statues, texts and more indirect archaeological evidence are the basis for discussion.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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ARCH B229 Visual Culture of the Ancient Near East
Not offered 2022-23
This course examines the visual culture of the Ancient Near East based on an extensive body of architectural, sculptural, and pictorial evidence dating from prehistoric times through the fifth century BCE. We will explore how a variety of surviving art, artifacts, sculpture, monuments, and architecture deriving from geographically distinct areas of the ancient Near East, such as Mesopotamia, the Eastern Mediterranean, Anatolia, and Iran, may have been viewed and experienced in their historical contexts, including the contribution of ancient materials and technologies of production in shaping this viewing and experience. By focusing on selected examples of diverse evidence, we will also consider how past and current scholarly methods and approaches, many of them art-historical, archaeological, and architectural in aim, have affected the understanding and interpretation of this evidence. In doing so, we will pay special attention to critical terms such as aesthetics, style, narrative, representation, and agency.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B231 Medicine, Magic & Miracles in the Middle Ages
Not offered 2022-23
A lecture and discussion course on the therapeutic systems (humoral theory, faith healing, natural magic), the medical marketplace, and the social context for understanding health and disease in the medieval period. Topics covered include Greek, Arabic, and Latin medical textual traditions, the rise of hospitals and public health, and the Black Death.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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ARCH B235 Death and Burial in the Ancient Near East
Fall 2022
Death is a shared human experience; however, it provokes a huge variety of responses; from the ad hoc and hasty burial of the deceased through to elaborate and lengthy funerary rituals. One of the most direct forms of evidence we have as archaeologists for the people who lived thousands of years ago are burials. The Ancient Near East also offers a rich corpus of textual and visual material, which can be used to explore the ways in which ancient societies conceptualized and thought about death, from the nature of the afterlife to the role of malevolent or helpful ghosts.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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ARCH B240 Archaeology and History of Ancient Mesopotamia
Spring 2023
A survey of the material culture of ancient Mesopotamia, modern Iraq, from the earliest phases of state formation (circa 3500 B.C.E.) through the Achaemenid Persian occupation of the Near East (circa 331 B.C.E.). Emphasis will be on art, artifacts, monuments, religion, kingship, and the cuneiform tradition. The survival of the cultural legacy of Mesopotamia into later ancient and Islamic traditions will also be addressed.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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ARCH B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East
Fall 2022
A survey of the history, material culture, political and religious ideologies of, and interactions among, the five great empires of the ancient Near East of the second and first millennia B.C.E.: New Kingdom Egypt, the Hittite Empire in Anatolia, the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires in Mesopotamia, and the Persian Empire in Iran.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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ARCH B312 Bronze Age Internationalism
Not offered 2022-23
This course explores the rise and fall of the first international age in the eastern mediterranean. We will focus on the cultural and diplomatic connections between Egypt, Syria, Anatolia and the Aegean during the Bronze Age, c. 2000-1200BCE.. Prerequisites: ARCH B101 or B104 or B216 or B226 or B230 or B240 or B244.
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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ARCH B317 Cultural Heritage and Endangered Archaeology
Spring 2023
This course will examine how and why archaeological sites are 'endangered'. Primarily focusing on the Near East and North Africa (the MENA region), we will examine the different types of archaeological and heritage sites found across this broad region, and some of the threats and disturbances affecting them. We will consider how different interest groups and stakeholders view, value and present historical and archaeological sites to the general public, as well as the success of modern initiatives and projects to safeguard the heritage of the MENA region. Our research will consider the ethics of cultural preservation, as well as the issues and problems encountered by heritage specialists working in areas of modern conflict. Whilst not all damage can be prevented, the course will consider how different threats and disturbances might be mitigated. Prerequisite: Upper level 300-level course. Students should have completed at least two 100 level/200 level courses in either classical or near eastern archaeology.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B333 Nomads and Archaeology
Not offered 2022-23
This course will explore the historical importance of mobile groups in regions such as the Ancient Near East and some of the archaeological traces they may leave behind. Using ethnographic, anthropological and archaeological literature we will discuss the different ways in which mobile populations have been conceptualized, portrayed and treated by non-mobile societies and the relationship between these different groups. The course will also consider how new technologies and archaeological methods might enable us to fill in some of the gaps in our understanding and how we might be able to place mobile populations at the center, rather than at the periphery, of our archaeological narratives.
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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HIST B231 Medicine, Magic & Miracles in the Middle Ages
Not offered 2022-23
A lecture and discussion course on the therapeutic systems (humoral theory, faith healing, natural magic), the medical marketplace, and the social context for understanding health and disease in the medieval period. Topics covered include Greek, Arabic, and Latin medical textual traditions, the rise of hospitals and public health, and the Black Death.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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HIST B364 Medieval Robots
Not offered 2022-23
A reading and research seminar focused on different examples of artificial life in medieval cultures. Primary sources will be from a variety of genres, and secondary sources will include significant theoretical works in art history, critical theory and science studies. Prerequisite: at least one course in medieval history, or the permission of the instructor.
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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ARCH B104 Archaeology of Agricultural and Urban Revolutions
Not offered 2022-23
This course examines the archaeology of the two most fundamental changes that have occurred in human society in the last 12,000 years, agriculture and urbanism, and we explore these in Egypt and the Near East as far as India. We also explore those societies that did not experience these changes.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Geoarchaeology
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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ARCH B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East
Fall 2022
A survey of the history, material culture, political and religious ideologies of, and interactions among, the five great empires of the ancient Near East of the second and first millennia B.C.E.: New Kingdom Egypt, the Hittite Empire in Anatolia, the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires in Mesopotamia, and the Persian Empire in Iran.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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MEST B303 The Art and Architecture of Islamic Spirituality
Spring 2023
This course examines how Muslim societies across time and space have used art and architecture in different ways to express and understand inner dimensions of spirituality and mysticism. Topics to be studied include: the calligraphical remnants of the early Islamic period; inscriptions found on buildings and gravestones; the majestic architecture of mosques, shrines, seminaries, and Sufi lodges; the brilliant arts of the book; the commemorative iconography and passion plays of Ashura devotion; the souvenir culture of modern shrine visitation; and the modern art of twenty-first century Sufism. Readings include works from history, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, and the history of art and architecture.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Visual Studies

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FREN B312 Advanced Topics in Literature
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Réalités et imaginaires du Maghreb
Spring 2023
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Prerequisites: two 200-level courses.
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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CSTS B221 Women of Roman Egypt
Not offered 2022-23
This course aims to be an introduction to the history of female persons in the ancient world. It focuses particularly on Roman Egypt, but covers a broad range of material spanning the period of 300 BCE - 476 CE. Students engage with a number of historical issues, such as legal personhood, access to education, political protest, economic freedom, religious practice, etc.. Students will acquire familiarity with a) Egypt as a part of the Greco-Roman world; b) the role of women in both Egyptian society and Rome more generally; and c) the written sources available for the study of female experience in the ancient world. Because the course focuses on the social, cultural, and institutional environments in which women operated, the topic offers itself as a useful study of the ancient world as a whole, as well as to particular issues of representation and authority. By the end of the course, students will have general understanding of Egypt as a part of the Graeco-Roman world, a keen understanding of how women operated in the society of Ancient Egypt (ca. 300 BCE - 450 CE), and the ability to form arguments about the historical relevance of our sources.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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HIST B231 Medicine, Magic & Miracles in the Middle Ages
Not offered 2022-23
A lecture and discussion course on the therapeutic systems (humoral theory, faith healing, natural magic), the medical marketplace, and the social context for understanding health and disease in the medieval period. Topics covered include Greek, Arabic, and Latin medical textual traditions, the rise of hospitals and public health, and the Black Death.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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HIST B364 Medieval Robots
Not offered 2022-23
A reading and research seminar focused on different examples of artificial life in medieval cultures. Primary sources will be from a variety of genres, and secondary sources will include significant theoretical works in art history, critical theory and science studies. Prerequisite: at least one course in medieval history, or the permission of the instructor.
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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ARCH B104 Archaeology of Agricultural and Urban Revolutions
Not offered 2022-23
This course examines the archaeology of the two most fundamental changes that have occurred in human society in the last 12,000 years, agriculture and urbanism, and we explore these in Egypt and the Near East as far as India. We also explore those societies that did not experience these changes.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Geoarchaeology
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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FREN B312 Advanced Topics in Literature
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Réalités et imaginaires du Maghreb
Spring 2023
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Prerequisites: two 200-level courses.
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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ARCH B229 Visual Culture of the Ancient Near East
Not offered 2022-23
This course examines the visual culture of the Ancient Near East based on an extensive body of architectural, sculptural, and pictorial evidence dating from prehistoric times through the fifth century BCE. We will explore how a variety of surviving art, artifacts, sculpture, monuments, and architecture deriving from geographically distinct areas of the ancient Near East, such as Mesopotamia, the Eastern Mediterranean, Anatolia, and Iran, may have been viewed and experienced in their historical contexts, including the contribution of ancient materials and technologies of production in shaping this viewing and experience. By focusing on selected examples of diverse evidence, we will also consider how past and current scholarly methods and approaches, many of them art-historical, archaeological, and architectural in aim, have affected the understanding and interpretation of this evidence. In doing so, we will pay special attention to critical terms such as aesthetics, style, narrative, representation, and agency.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B240 Archaeology and History of Ancient Mesopotamia
Spring 2023
A survey of the material culture of ancient Mesopotamia, modern Iraq, from the earliest phases of state formation (circa 3500 B.C.E.) through the Achaemenid Persian occupation of the Near East (circa 331 B.C.E.). Emphasis will be on art, artifacts, monuments, religion, kingship, and the cuneiform tradition. The survival of the cultural legacy of Mesopotamia into later ancient and Islamic traditions will also be addressed.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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MEST B303 The Art and Architecture of Islamic Spirituality
Spring 2023
This course examines how Muslim societies across time and space have used art and architecture in different ways to express and understand inner dimensions of spirituality and mysticism. Topics to be studied include: the calligraphical remnants of the early Islamic period; inscriptions found on buildings and gravestones; the majestic architecture of mosques, shrines, seminaries, and Sufi lodges; the brilliant arts of the book; the commemorative iconography and passion plays of Ashura devotion; the souvenir culture of modern shrine visitation; and the modern art of twenty-first century Sufism. Readings include works from history, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, and the history of art and architecture.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Visual Studies

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HEBR B001 Elementary Hebrew
Fall 2022
This year-long course is designed to teach beginners the skills of reading, writing, and conversing in Modern Hebrew. It will provide students with knowledge of the Hebrew writing system - its alphabet (Square letters for reading, cursive for writing) and vocalization - as well as core aspects of grammar and syntax. Diverse means will be utilized: Textbook, supplementary printed material, class conversations, presentations by students of dialogues or skits that they prepare in advance, and written compositions. This course, followed by Semesters 3 and 4 taken elsewhere, lays a foundation for reading of Modern Hebrew literary works.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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HEBR B002 Elementary Hebrew
Spring 2023
This is a continuation of HEBR B001, year-long course is designed to teach beginners the skills of reading, writing, and conversing in Modern Hebrew. It will provide students with knowledge of the Hebrew writing system - its alphabet (Square letters for reading, cursive for writing) and vocalization - as well as core aspects of grammar and syntax. Diverse means will be utilized: Textbook, supplementary printed material, class conversations, presentations by students of dialogues or skits that they prepare in advance, and written compositions. This course, followed by Semesters 3 and 4 taken elsewhere, lays a foundation for reading of Modern Hebrew literary works.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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POLS B283 Middle East Politics
Fall 2022
This course offers an overview on the contemporary politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the relevant social (mostly political) science work on it. It brings together empirical knowledge on domestic and transnational politics in different countries of the region and how empirical political science around the big questions is conducted. Each module of the course revolves around a central question that has been keeping social and political scientists busy in the last decades: What triggers risky protest movements in authoritarian settings? Why has the MENA region remained authoritarian despite successive global waves of democratization? Under which conditions do transitions to democracies succeed? Do monarchies in the Middle East have an advantage in ensuring political stability, and if so, why? Is it impossible to ensure good governance and peace at the same time in divided societies? What motivates people to take up arms in the name of religion and sect? What are the reasons behind the economic underdevelopment of the MENA region? Students are also invited to think about these "big questions" and take MENA countries as their case studies, while at the same significantly enhancing their contextual knowledge about the region. No prerequisites, but either some prior familiarity with the Middle East or a prior political science course encouraged.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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MEST B200 Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies
Spring 2023
This course introduces the interdisciplinary field of Middle Eastern Studies with a focus on analytical approaches, methods, and tools. Students consider the dynamics of the region in the premodern and modern periods and become familiar with the major issues and debates that dominate various disciplinary approaches to the Middle East. Readings include both important canonical and alternative scholarship in order to examine the limits and possibilities of the field.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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ARCH B208 Ancient Near Eastern History
Not offered 2022-23
This course will explore some of the key historical figures, events and inventions that shaped Ancient Near Eastern societies and traditions. We will consider the impact that the modern disciplines of ancient near eastern archaeology and history have had on our understanding of this region. We will also discuss how the ancient history and more recent colonial past of this region has impacted upon and shaped our modern interpretations of this region.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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HIST B231 Medicine, Magic & Miracles in the Middle Ages
Not offered 2022-23
A lecture and discussion course on the therapeutic systems (humoral theory, faith healing, natural magic), the medical marketplace, and the social context for understanding health and disease in the medieval period. Topics covered include Greek, Arabic, and Latin medical textual traditions, the rise of hospitals and public health, and the Black Death.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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HIST B234 An Introduction to Middle Eastern History
Fall 2022
This course serves as an introduction to the history of the modern Middle East. We will also explore the narratives and debates that have shaped the field of Middle East history. Topics include orientalism, colonialism, political reform, social, cultural, and intellectual movements, nationalism, and the Cold War. Readings will be drawn from the fields of history, anthropology, politics, and literature.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward International Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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ARCH B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East
Fall 2022
A survey of the history, material culture, political and religious ideologies of, and interactions among, the five great empires of the ancient Near East of the second and first millennia B.C.E.: New Kingdom Egypt, the Hittite Empire in Anatolia, the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires in Mesopotamia, and the Persian Empire in Iran.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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MEST B302 The Legacy of Genghis Khan: The Mongols & Their Successors
Fall 2022
This course examines the political, intellectual, and social history of Genghis Khan, the Ilkhanid Mongols, and their successors in the Middle East and Central Asia from the thirteenth century to the sixteenth century CE. We will consider the formation of new political norms, changing trends in trade, and an increasingly hybrid cultural and artistic production that characterize this period.
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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MEST B303 The Art and Architecture of Islamic Spirituality
Spring 2023
This course examines how Muslim societies across time and space have used art and architecture in different ways to express and understand inner dimensions of spirituality and mysticism. Topics to be studied include: the calligraphical remnants of the early Islamic period; inscriptions found on buildings and gravestones; the majestic architecture of mosques, shrines, seminaries, and Sufi lodges; the brilliant arts of the book; the commemorative iconography and passion plays of Ashura devotion; the souvenir culture of modern shrine visitation; and the modern art of twenty-first century Sufism. Readings include works from history, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, and the history of art and architecture.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Visual Studies

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HIST B364 Medieval Robots
Not offered 2022-23
A reading and research seminar focused on different examples of artificial life in medieval cultures. Primary sources will be from a variety of genres, and secondary sources will include significant theoretical works in art history, critical theory and science studies. Prerequisite: at least one course in medieval history, or the permission of the instructor.
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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POLS B141 Introduction to International Politics
Fall 2022
An introduction to international relations, exploring its main subdivisions and theoretical approaches. Phenomena and problems in world politics examined include systems of power management, imperialism, globalization, war, bargaining, and peace. Problems and institutions of international economy and international law are also addressed. This course assumes a reasonable knowledge of modern world history.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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INST B210 Popular Uprisings in Global Perspective
Spring 2023
In recent years, popular uprisings and protest movements have mobilized hundreds and thousands of people in different parts of the world to demand a radical overhauling of existing systems and changes in political leadership. These uprisings have raised a series of questions that will be the focus of this class. What are the catalysts, underlying causes and demands of these protest movements? What can we learn from the grassroots organizing that allowed these movements to gain momentum? All too often popular uprisings in the Global South in particular, are seen as representing the failures and limits of revolutionary action and politics rather than their potential and promise. What then, do recent popular uprisings reveal about the limitations and relevance of various theoretical approaches to explaining revolutionary phenomena and action? How might local scholars and activists analyzing the popular uprisings taking place in their countries, allow us to develop new vocabularies and frameworks for understanding popular protests and revolutionary action elsewhere? Students will explore these questions through a series of case studies including Sudan, Hong Kong, Chile, Lebanon, France, Ethiopia and India.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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HIST B234 An Introduction to Middle Eastern History
Fall 2022
This course serves as an introduction to the history of the modern Middle East. We will also explore the narratives and debates that have shaped the field of Middle East history. Topics include orientalism, colonialism, political reform, social, cultural, and intellectual movements, nationalism, and the Cold War. Readings will be drawn from the fields of history, anthropology, politics, and literature.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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INST B301 Politics of Aid and Humanitarianism
Spring 2023
This course explores the relationship between humanitarian aid, politics and the legacy of colonialism. Our goal will be to historicize and contextualize humanitarian policies and practices through specific case studies which can include, but will not be limited to: Haiti, Sudan, USA, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Palestine, Somalia, Brazil, Nicaragua and the Philippines. We will use these case studies to explore topics such as the militarization of aid and the politicization of emergency assistance. We will also be looking to non-traditional sources such as novels, films, NGO documents and congressional hearings to gain insight from the perspectives of those impacted by and/or shaping humanitarian policies and practices. Finally, we will examine the ways 'non-Western' actors and humanitarian organizations are reshaping the field of humanitarianism and relationships across the Global South more broadly.
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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MEST B301 An Introduction to Middle East Media and Culture
Not offered 2022-23
This course explores contemporary culture in the Middle East. The course will introduce students to a wide array of relevant theory on modernity and modernization, home and diaspora, as well as social movements and democratization, all through the interrogation of a diverse set of media texts that highlight key issues facing communities across the Middle East. Each week we will focus on a vital social issue facing the communities in the Middle East and compare how it is presented in the media, as compared to the ideals of the society and local and regional collective imaginaries of identity. Students will gain competence at analyzing media texts, as we address these issues through a selection of television serials, films and music videos and other media sources. Students will be exposed to the complexity of daily life and culture across the Middle East, from the lifestyle of communities in affluent urban spaces, to the struggles of the urban poor living in informal settlements, and everyone in between. Prior courses in Middle East Studies or Film Studies encouraged.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Visual Studies

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MEST B200 Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies
Spring 2023
This course introduces the interdisciplinary field of Middle Eastern Studies with a focus on analytical approaches, methods, and tools. Students consider the dynamics of the region in the premodern and modern periods and become familiar with the major issues and debates that dominate various disciplinary approaches to the Middle East. Readings include both important canonical and alternative scholarship in order to examine the limits and possibilities of the field.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward International Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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MEST B205 Topics: Ethics and Islam
Section 001 (Spring 2023): Bioethics and Islam
Spring 2023
This is a topics course. Course content varies. This course will provide a foundation in the study of Islam and introduce students to Islamic ethical thought
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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MEST B301 An Introduction to Middle East Media and Culture
Not offered 2022-23
This course explores contemporary culture in the Middle East. The course will introduce students to a wide array of relevant theory on modernity and modernization, home and diaspora, as well as social movements and democratization, all through the interrogation of a diverse set of media texts that highlight key issues facing communities across the Middle East. Each week we will focus on a vital social issue facing the communities in the Middle East and compare how it is presented in the media, as compared to the ideals of the society and local and regional collective imaginaries of identity. Students will gain competence at analyzing media texts, as we address these issues through a selection of television serials, films and music videos and other media sources. Students will be exposed to the complexity of daily life and culture across the Middle East, from the lifestyle of communities in affluent urban spaces, to the struggles of the urban poor living in informal settlements, and everyone in between. Prior courses in Middle East Studies or Film Studies encouraged.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward International Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies
Counts toward Visual Studies

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MEST B302 The Legacy of Genghis Khan: The Mongols & Their Successors
Fall 2022
This course examines the political, intellectual, and social history of Genghis Khan, the Ilkhanid Mongols, and their successors in the Middle East and Central Asia from the thirteenth century to the sixteenth century CE. We will consider the formation of new political norms, changing trends in trade, and an increasingly hybrid cultural and artistic production that characterize this period.
Counts toward Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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MEST B303 The Art and Architecture of Islamic Spirituality
Spring 2023
This course examines how Muslim societies across time and space have used art and architecture in different ways to express and understand inner dimensions of spirituality and mysticism. Topics to be studied include: the calligraphical remnants of the early Islamic period; inscriptions found on buildings and gravestones; the majestic architecture of mosques, shrines, seminaries, and Sufi lodges; the brilliant arts of the book; the commemorative iconography and passion plays of Ashura devotion; the souvenir culture of modern shrine visitation; and the modern art of twenty-first century Sufism. Readings include works from history, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, and the history of art and architecture.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies
Counts toward Visual Studies

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POLS B141 Introduction to International Politics
Fall 2022
An introduction to international relations, exploring its main subdivisions and theoretical approaches. Phenomena and problems in world politics examined include systems of power management, imperialism, globalization, war, bargaining, and peace. Problems and institutions of international economy and international law are also addressed. This course assumes a reasonable knowledge of modern world history.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies
Counts toward International Studies
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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MEST B205 Topics: Ethics and Islam
Section 001 (Spring 2023): Bioethics and Islam
Spring 2023
This is a topics course. Course content varies. This course will provide a foundation in the study of Islam and introduce students to Islamic ethical thought
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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INST B210 Popular Uprisings in Global Perspective
Spring 2023
In recent years, popular uprisings and protest movements have mobilized hundreds and thousands of people in different parts of the world to demand a radical overhauling of existing systems and changes in political leadership. These uprisings have raised a series of questions that will be the focus of this class. What are the catalysts, underlying causes and demands of these protest movements? What can we learn from the grassroots organizing that allowed these movements to gain momentum? All too often popular uprisings in the Global South in particular, are seen as representing the failures and limits of revolutionary action and politics rather than their potential and promise. What then, do recent popular uprisings reveal about the limitations and relevance of various theoretical approaches to explaining revolutionary phenomena and action? How might local scholars and activists analyzing the popular uprisings taking place in their countries, allow us to develop new vocabularies and frameworks for understanding popular protests and revolutionary action elsewhere? Students will explore these questions through a series of case studies including Sudan, Hong Kong, Chile, Lebanon, France, Ethiopia and India.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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ARCH B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East
Fall 2022
A survey of the history, material culture, political and religious ideologies of, and interactions among, the five great empires of the ancient Near East of the second and first millennia B.C.E.: New Kingdom Egypt, the Hittite Empire in Anatolia, the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires in Mesopotamia, and the Persian Empire in Iran.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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POLS B283 Middle East Politics
Fall 2022
This course offers an overview on the contemporary politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the relevant social (mostly political) science work on it. It brings together empirical knowledge on domestic and transnational politics in different countries of the region and how empirical political science around the big questions is conducted. Each module of the course revolves around a central question that has been keeping social and political scientists busy in the last decades: What triggers risky protest movements in authoritarian settings? Why has the MENA region remained authoritarian despite successive global waves of democratization? Under which conditions do transitions to democracies succeed? Do monarchies in the Middle East have an advantage in ensuring political stability, and if so, why? Is it impossible to ensure good governance and peace at the same time in divided societies? What motivates people to take up arms in the name of religion and sect? What are the reasons behind the economic underdevelopment of the MENA region? Students are also invited to think about these "big questions" and take MENA countries as their case studies, while at the same significantly enhancing their contextual knowledge about the region. No prerequisites, but either some prior familiarity with the Middle East or a prior political science course encouraged.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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INST B301 Politics of Aid and Humanitarianism
Spring 2023
This course explores the relationship between humanitarian aid, politics and the legacy of colonialism. Our goal will be to historicize and contextualize humanitarian policies and practices through specific case studies which can include, but will not be limited to: Haiti, Sudan, USA, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Palestine, Somalia, Brazil, Nicaragua and the Philippines. We will use these case studies to explore topics such as the militarization of aid and the politicization of emergency assistance. We will also be looking to non-traditional sources such as novels, films, NGO documents and congressional hearings to gain insight from the perspectives of those impacted by and/or shaping humanitarian policies and practices. Finally, we will examine the ways 'non-Western' actors and humanitarian organizations are reshaping the field of humanitarianism and relationships across the Global South more broadly.
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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POLS B318 United States and the Middle East
Not offered 2022-23
American foreign policy is supposedly undergoing a reorientation away from the Middle East, sometimes described as a "pivot to Asia." To what extent is this pivot actually happening and why? What does it mean for the people and politics of the Middle East and for the future of US relations with allies and adversaries in the region? In this course we will study the history of US relations with state and non-state actors in the region to build historical perspective that will help us more effectively think about these contemporary questions. We will examine how debates over alternative futures are unfolding in Washington as well as how local actors in the Middle East are responding. Prerequisites: At least one of the following: POLS 283 Middle East Politics, Introduction to Comparative Politics or International Studies and at least one 200-level POLS course (i.e. two POLS courses), or permission of instructor.
Counts toward Middle Eastern/Central Asian/North African Studies

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Middle Eastern Studies

Old Library
Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010-2899

Alicia Walker
Professor and Chair of History of Art on the Marie Neuberger Fund for the Study of Arts
Co-Director of Middle Eastern Studies
awalker01@brynmawr.edu
610-526-5405

Manar Darwish
Lecturer and Coordinator of Bi-Co Arabic Program
Co-Director of Middle Eastern Studies
mdarwish@brynmawr.edu
610-526-5669