ARST-401 Understanding the Arab World
Spring for 2017-2018
How do we understand the Arab Middle East and North Africa? The first part of the course looks at how the Arab world itself has sought to answer this question, from the cultural revival of the Nahda to the radical nationalisms of the 20th century to 21st century identity politics. The second part of the course looks at the politics of knowledge: what concepts, approaches, and paradigms have scholars in the West used to study the region - and how does scholarship relate to contemporary geopolitics? Finally, we explore representations of the Middle East in popular culture, including tv, film, novels, and video games.

'Introduction to Arab Studies' will be of interest to students taking the undergraduate Certificate in Arab Studies (who will complete their capstone thesis during the course) as well as those majoring in Regional and Comparative Studies with a Middle East and North Africa focus.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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