Mideast SPRING 2010 Green FURLOUGH Syllabus

Mideast SPRING 2010 Green FURLOUGH Syllabus - RelS / Anth /...

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RelS / Anth / MdES 145 Middle Eastern Traditions FURLOUGH SYLLABUS Spring Semester, 2010 Course Information Instructor: Dr. Mira Z. Amiras Department: Middle East Studies Program, Humanities Department Course Codes: Anth 145: 29497 || RelS 145: 29496 || MdES 145: 29498 Class Time / Location: Mon 1:30 – 4:15 in SH 241 Office Hours: Mon & Wed 12:00-1:15 and 4:30-5:45 PM or by appointment Office Locations: Clark Hall 437 || Humanities Office for my mailbox: Clark Hall 419 Office Phone: 408 924-1364 Department Fax: 408 924-4372 E-mail: Campus: mira.amiras@sjsu.edu || Preferred: mira.amiras@me.com Preferred Contact: Office hours / email || Please do not email drafts or assignments Faculty Website: http://sjsu.edu/people/mira.amiras/ Download class assignments here and download Middle East Studies Minor Form here as well Course Description This course focuses on the Middle East and North Africa as a complex culture area encompassing shared and competing values, religious traditions, ethnicities, and ecological concerns. The goal of the course is to give students a framework for understanding, and even predicting, the lines of religious, cultural, and political conflict and alliances within the region and in the larger global context. We will begin by examining longstanding traditional patterns that persist, and are shared across ethnic, religious and regional boundaries. We will then explore the contribution this shared legacy has made to contemporary disputes in the region. In addition, we will examine cycles of religious revitalization, (and so-called fundamentalisms), competing ideologies, relations between minority and majority populations, and the legacy of pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial experiences on the peoples of the Middle East, as well as cultural, historical, and psychological dimensions which contribute to understanding—and misunderstanding—the complex dynamics of the region. The course will conclude with consideration of the viability of competing potential resolutions to current controversies in the region. Prerequisites G.E. Status : Middle Eastern Traditions is an upper division G.E. course. It has a significant amount of reading and writing, and requires passage of the WST. In addition, completion of 100W is required— although in the Fall Semester, 100W may be enrolled in concurrently with this class. Courses used to satisfy Areas R, S and V of SJSU’s G.E. studies must be taken from three different SJSU departments. Required and Recommended Readings Select books from each of the 3 categories below: First Reading: Select ONE book from those listed below (See First Research Project) Bates and Rassam PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF THE MIDDLE EAST Cleveland, Wm. A HISTORY OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST Coon, C. CARAVAN: THE STORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST dePlanhol, X. THE WORLD OF ISLAM Eichelman, D. THE MIDDLE EAST AND CENTRAL ASIA: AN ANTHROPOLOGICAL VIEW Fromkin, D. et.al. CRADLE AND CRUCIBLE: HISTORY AND FAITH IN THE MIDDLE EAST
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