Dr. Scott Lucas
February 12, 2015
Sura 25 of the Quran is used to address those who were opposed to or had any doubts of
the Quran and the teachings and insight of the Prophet Muhammad. In Sura 25, it is discussed
As-salam alaykum: peace be upon you
Al-hamdu lillah: all praise belongs to god
Bismillah: in the name of god
In shaallah: if god wills
Ma shaallah: what god wills (happens)
Allahu akbar: god is greatest
The life of the prophet Muhamme
MENA 160A1 Section 002
6 April 2016
What makes things similar or different from each other? Is it the name of the thing that
makes it stand out? Is it the action of the objects is what makes the difference? How
MENA 160A1 Section 001
9 February 2016
What are they keys to following Islam? Is it to be humble, honest, and modest? All
religions have their own foundation that sets up the guidelines for the followers. At the end of
Chapter 1: Study Questions and Activities
1. Humanities are the disciplines of literature, history, religion, philosophy, the arts, cuisine,
fashion, popular culture, and lifestyle.
2. Observation or data collection of people, general laws, craft strategi
What are the five pillars of practice?
Testimony of Faith
Almsgiving, giving to the poor
What are the Five Pillars of Faith?
a singular God (Allah)
a sequence of prophets
series of revelation
1. Describe at least three characteristics of Middle Eastern music and talk about
musics role in Middle Eastern society.
Middle Eastern music has similarities and differences with the western musical
One of the Middle Eastern Mu
TA: Mija Sanders
31 October 2014
3. Khaled Hosseini
Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. His father was a
diplomat in the Afghan Foreign Ministr. In 1976, the Foreign Ministry relocated
the Hosseini family to Paris. They were r
10 October 2014
1. Sunnis accept that the first four Caliphs were right full follower of Muhammad
but dont grant a divine inspired status to their imams and Shiites believe that
imams are descendant of the prophet. Sunni doctrine is more
5 December 2014
In first place I chose this movie because I found it was on the top 250 movies
from the popular critic IMDB and won an Oscar in 2012 as the best foreign language
film of the year. The film is basically of
3 October 2014
Chapter 6 & 7
1. Islam Christianity and Judaism:
They are all monotheistic religions.
They all believe in the existence of one God.
The differences between them are minor beliefs found in the different book
Questions Chapter 4 & 5
1. Investigate an ancient civilization of the Middle East from the Neolithic
settlement of Catalhuyuk to the great city-states of Sumer or ancient Egypt.
Pay special attention to their agriculture, pottery and arc
Chapter 3 Questions
1. How has water and the lack of it shaped your home environment?
In Sonora, Mexico water has been really an issue because the government spent
millions of dollars making a tunnel that transport water from a dam in the north
What fields are traditionally considered the humanities?
Literature, History, Religion and Philosophy.
What fields are not? Why?
Cultural Practices, Games, Fashion and Body Art, Gender Roles and Sexuality, Food,
Technology and Enviro
April 15, 2014
Evolving Conflict, Evolving Solutions: a Graduate Lecture
On Friday, April 11, three men lectured on the evolving conflict in Syria and the
possible solutions. Ali Hamdan, Muhammad al-Khudair, and Musa al-G
April 17, 2014
A real intellectual is one who knows his society, is aware of its problems, can
determine its fate, is knowledgeable about its past and who can decide for himself.
This reading is about the practice of colo
February 12, 2014
Layla, too, had her mirror of pain but Laylas mirror was her own soul which in
her loneliness she questioned about her beloved. With whom else could she talk
about the thoughts which filled her heart? A
TA Lyndall Herman
March 13, 2014
In general, if liberty is lost in the kingdom, then comfort and wealth will disappear,
and poverty and high prices will overwhelm its people. Their perceptiveness and
zeal will be weakened, as both logi
February 4, 2014
I realized that to refute a system before understanding it and becoming
acquainted with its depths is to act blindly.
-page 10 from the al-Ghazali reading
As we discussed in class, al-Ghazali left his te
March 27, 2014
It had occurred to her once, during the first year she lived with him, to venture a
polite objection to his repeated nights out. His response had been to seize her by the
ears and tell her peremptorily in
April 2, 2014
Yasin seized the favorable opportunity and found the courage to say, Present the
matter to father. Whatever he says will be final in any case. P163
Palace Walk illustrates the life of a family caught betwee
February 12, 2014
A Comparison of Two Loves: Majnun vs. Umar in Islamic Literature
Love stories tend to follow a particular pattern: they all have happy endings.
The hero wins his love interest and lives happily
Diversity of the Middle East
Persian, Iranian, Turkish, Arabic, Armenian, Jewish Israelis,
Nubians, Kurds, Circassians, Berbers
Kurdish, Turkish, Persian, Arabic, Berber, Armenian, Hebrew,
Middle East and North Africa Map Exercise
Label the map with the following geographical items.
The map quiz is based on this exercise.
MIDDLE EASTERN HUMANITIES
MENA 160 A2
This schedule will change at times during the course of the term. Consult on-line.
Aug 26 Quran 1
Rise of Islam
Aug 24 First Meeting
October 7, 2013
Woman During the Taliban
Gender role is something that has been taboo inside the eastern world but also in
the west. In the eastern culture woman are now just as equal as men with gaining
Woman from Willendorf, 24,000 BCE
The term pre-historic does not mean pre-human. This may seem like an obvious fact, but
the term is so broad and all-encompassing that thinking that artifacts like sculpture could come
from this period may surprise some. H