African and Middle-Eastern Studies Website

(Div. II)

Chair, Assistant Professor KENDA B. MUTONGI

Advisory Committee: Professors: DARROW*, D. EDWARDS, C. HILL, MACDONALD. Associate Professors: E. D. BROWN, ROUHI. Assistant Professors: BURTON, GOLDBERG**, GOLLIN, KRAUS, M. LYNCH*, MUTONGI. Senior Lecturer: E. GRUDIN. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow: RINGER.

African and Middle-Eastern Studies is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the politics, societies, cultures, and historical development of the peoples of Africa and the Middle East. The program offers a wide range of courses in the area, as well as opportunities to study abroad and possibilities for graduate fellowships and careers.

Students considering completing the concentration are urged to register with the chair of the program during their sophomore year. Normally, students will be expected to take six courses from at least three different departments. One of these courses should be from among the "Concepts Courses" listed below. Four should be from the "Core Courses." The sixth course will be African and Middle-Eastern Studies 401 or 402. In special cases the chair may permit substitution of an approved winter study project, or work completed elsewhere, for one or more of the electives. Proposals for honors work in African and Middle-Eastern Studies, normally involving at least a one semester thesis and an oral examination, must be submitted in writing by the beginning of the senior year and approved by the African and Middle-Eastern Studies Committee.

Fulfillment of the requirements of the concentration will be recorded on the student's official transcript.

Concepts Courses

All students are required to take at least one of the following courses, preferably near the beginning of their program.

ANSO 205 Ways of Knowing

Anthropology 101 The Scope of Anthropology

Anthropology 102/Environmental Studies 106 Human Evolution: Down From the Trees, Out to the Stars

Anthropology/Environmental Studies 209 Human Ecology

Economics 204/Environmental Studies 234 Economic Development in Poor Countries

Economics/Environmental Studies 212 Sustainable Development

Economics 215 The World Economy

Political Science 202 World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations

Core Courses

All students are expected to take four of the following electives. Note that students are normally expected to present courses from at least three different disciplines to complete the program, and that in special cases credit can be given for a WSP or work done elsewhere.

Anthropology 224 Morality and Modernity in the Muslim Middle East

Anthropology/INTR/Religion 273 Sacred Geographies

Anthropology 331 Witchcraft, Sorcery, and Magic

Anthropology 364 Ritual, Politics, and Performance

ArtH 220 The Mosque

ArtH 278 The Golden Road to Samarqand

Classics/Religion 203 Introduction to Judaism

Critical Languages 201-202 (Arabic, Hebrew, or Swahili)

History 102/Environmental Studies 116 Environmental History of Africa

History 202 Early-African History Through the Era of the Slave Trade

History 203 Sub-Saharan Africa Since 1800

History 209/Religion 231 The Origins of Islam: God, Empire, and Apocalypse

History 210 The Modern Middle East: 1500-Present

History 304 South Africa and Apartheid

History 309/Religion 232 Women and Islam

History 310 The Formative Period of Islam

History/AMES 402 African Political Thought

History 409/Religion 234 Religion and Revolution in Iran

History 425/Religion 215 The First Crusade

Music 125 Music Cultures of the World

Music 126 Music of Asia

Political Science 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics: Dodging the Apocalypse in South Africa

Political Science 244 Middle East Politics: State Formation and Nationalism

Political Science 267 Arab-Israeli Relations

Religion 233 Islamic Mysticism: The Sufis

Religion 270T Father Abraham: The First Patriarch

Religion/Classics 274 Women's Religious Experiences in the Ancient Mediterranean World