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Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Marina Rustow
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Content varies.

Class description

This course will take a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to the histories of Jews and Arabs from Late Antiquity to the present, focusing on cultural exchange and parallel responses to historical challenges. Topics include the reshaping of the Mediterranean and Near East under medieval Islamic rule; Arab and Jewish culture in medieval Spain and the Levant; nineteenth- and twentieth-century responses to modernity; history, memory, and the perception of the other in contemporary Arab and Jewish culture.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures and discussions based on analysis of primary sources (in translation) and secondary readings; occasional use of visual material such as slides. >

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites, but some familiarity with Jewish, Arab, Islamic, or Middle Eastern history a plus.

Class assignments and grading

(1) Weekly reading assignments and class participation (2) Brief (1-2 pp.) reaction papers to specific readings (3) Longer (10-15 pp.) essay (4) Mid-term and final quiz

Basis on which Grades are Assigned: 25% for each of above.

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 Loryn Hazan Paxton
Date: 09/25/2002