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Joel S Migdal
JSIS A 545
Seattle Campus

Reading Seminar on Middle East Studies

Middle Eastern historiography, Islamic law, Islamic theology, relations between the Middle East and the world economy, political structures, social movements in the Middle East. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

The course is primarily for Ph.D. Students in Near and Middle East Studies as well as other Ph.D. and Masters Students working on related topics. The main purpose of the class this quarter is the professionalization of graduate students, offering practical advice on research, academic socialization, and more. The sessions will deal with different aspects of academic work such as conferences, publishing, funding and various aspects of research. Visiting lecturers will share their experience and knowledge on these issues. This is a C/NC course. There are no assignments other than participation in weekly meetings and reading the pieces assigned by the week’s speaker. Grade is based on participation.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Seminar style; guest lecturers

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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 Joel S Migdal
Date: 12/08/2013