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Arzoo Osanloo
ANTH 469
Seattle Campus

Special Studies in Anthropology

Delineation and analysis of a specific problem or related problems in anthropology. Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty.

Class description

Critical Reflections on the Anthropology of the Middle East: This graduate seminar will explore a range of issues related to the production of anthropological knowledge about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions. While studying contemporary ethnographies of the MENA region, we will also examine how anthropologists and others have produced ways of knowing about Middle East, including gender, race and ethnicity, history and politics.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This is a seminar where vigorous student participation and engagement is required.

Recommended preparation

some background in Middle East studies is preferred but not required.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will primarily consist of student-led discussion, reading reflection papers and two critically reasoned papers.

Grades are assigned based on participation and written and oral critical engagement.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Arzoo Osanloo
Date: 02/04/2009