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MIDDLE EASTERN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES
MIDDLE EASTERN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES

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MELC 196 Introductory Studies in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (1-5, max. 15) SSc
Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty. Content varies.
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MELC 199 Study Abroad (1-15, max. 15)
Credit for lower division MELC courses in an approved Study Abroad program. Requires credit evaluation by department or faculty. Does not automatically apply to major or minor requirements. Offered: AWSpS.
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MELC 201 Introduction to the Ancient Near East (5) SSc/A&H
Surveys the peoples, places, and events of the ancient Near East. Examines the cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Canaan, and Israel with an eye to each culture's cultural contributions. Pays special attention to shared cultural elements as well as distinguishing characteristics of the peoples of these regions.
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MELC 207 Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Iran (5) SSc
Introduction to the archaeology of ancient Iran (Persia) from the earliest inhabitants to the end of Sasanian period (circa10,000 BDE-651 CE). Covers the archaeology from various time periods in chronological order, with an emphasis on the archaeology and culture of the Achaemendid (Persian) period.
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MELC 208 Introduction To Ancient Near Eastern Archeology (5) SSc/A&H
Archaeological cultures of the ancient Near East, from 10,000 BCE to 332 BCE, including the civilizations of Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq), Egypt, the Levant (modern day Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon), Anatolia (modern day Turkey) and Persia (modern day Iran).
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MELC 234 Introduction to Shi'i Islam (5) SSc
Basic beliefs of Shi'ism today, how they developed over time, the role of intellectuals in the development of Shi'i thought, and how major law schools of Shi'ism give expression to those beliefs.
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MELC 243 Iran and Persianate Worlds (5) SSc/A&H
Explores culture of this Middle Eastern region through a multi-disciplinary approach that includes such manifestations as architecture, carpet-weaving, story-telling, and the composition of poetry.
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MELC 244 Voices of the Iranian Revolution (5) A&H/SSc
Includes critical readings of the 1979 Iranian Revolution as represented in essays, fiction, poetry, memoir, speeches, film, and other arts. Examines the ways that writers, artists, politicians, and intellectuals have depicted the origins and development of the Islamic Republic and the legacy of the revolution in Iranian society and culture today.
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MELC 262 Central Asian Country Profiles: Introduction to Kazakhstan (5) A&H/SSc
Examines developments in Kazakhstan after the country gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Part of a series on Central Asia.
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MELC 264 Central Asian Country Profiles: Introduction to Uzbekistan (5) A&H/SSc
Survey of the Uzbek people and their history. Examines developments in Uzbekistan after the country gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Part of a series on Central Asia.
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MELC 265 Introduction to Central Asian Turkic Literature in Translation (3) A&H
Introduces the foundations of modern Uzbek literature; the common Turkic literature of the eighth-century and the more recent Chagatay-Uzbek literature. Focuses on post-Soviet literature since 1991. After independence Uzbek writers were able to express themselves without censorship and prosecution.
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MELC 266 The Modern Middle East and Central Asia (5) SSc
Ethnographic overview of Muslim societies in the middle east and central Asia from various anthropological perspectives. Examines the unity and diversity of Muslim communities and acquaints students with the significant linguistic, cultural, and political diversity of Muslim societies. Helps students develop an understanding of Islam as a lived experience.
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MELC 267 Folktales Along the Silk Road (3) A&H/SSc
Introduces student to the Silk Road connecting China and Europe through the cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Constantinople, now Istanbul. Applies comparative-historical and sociological method in folktale research, i.e. compares Western European stories and motifs with tales from the Silk Road while paying attention to the environment of storytelling.
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MELC 271 Cultural History of Turkey: From Empire to Nation (5) A&H/SSc
Topics include: social, economic, and political structures of Ottoman and Turkish Anatolia; language, literature, and artistic tradition; social status of women, literacy and illiteracy, the secular enterprise of Kemal Ataturk; Islamic fundamentalism, educational institutions, Kurdish nationalism.
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MELC 287 The Middle East in Song (2, max. 8) A&H
Surveys popular song as it has shaped modern culture and identity in the Middle East. Topics vary. All texts in English; no previous knowledge of other languages required. Credit/no-credit only.
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MELC 310 Jewish Literature: Foundations and Re-imaginings (5) A&H, DIV
Overview of 3000 years of literary creativity. Considers multiple genres, including Bible, Midrash, medieval poetry, Hasidic tale, modern fiction, TV satire, and popular music lyrics, with emphasis on how later literature reinterprets and re-imagines earlier texts. Explores diversity in Jewish writing, focusing on Jews as minority and diaspora communities as well as on centers and margins within Jewish cultures. Offered: WSp.
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MELC 314 The Archeology of Early Islam (5) SSc
Introduction to the archaeology of early Islam, from 632 to 1000 CE with the study of the rise (and occasional fall) of Islam in Arabia, Egypt, and Spain/Portugal through a survey of the local architecture and material culture. Students study key archaeological sites and histories of these regions.
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MELC 316 Israeli Identities (5) A&H, DIV
Examines fiction and film, as well as selected poetry, popular songs, and essays, to explore diverse groups within contemporary Israeli society. Topics include the sabra ideal, holocaust survivors, Sephardic/Mizrahi communities, religious and secular Jews, Israel's Arab minority, and questions of gender.
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MELC 321 Israel in Film (2) SSc/A&H
Presents films that introduce students to important aspects of Israeli culture. Topics include: Zionism, the Holocaust, immigration, religious and secular communities, mizrachim, Russians, army service, war and trauma, LGBT themes, and Israel's Arab minority.
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MELC 325 Modern Hebrew Literature in Translation (3) A&H
Major developments in Hebrew literature from the Enlightenment to the current Israeli literature.
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MELC 350 Archaeology of Ancient Near Eastern Warfare and Empire (5) SSc
Surveys the archaeological remnants of war, warfare, and empire in the ancient Near East, from the rise of earliest cities to the Roman period (circa 3000 BCE-30 CE), with a focus on the cultural consequences of violence and warfare on various ancient Near Eastern cultures.
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MELC 360 Oral Literature of the Turkic Peoples of Central Asia: The Heroic Epos (3) A&H/SSc
Representative heroic poems of Central Asian Turkic peoples now living in the Central Asian Republics and China. Origin of the heroic epos, its relation to the romantic epos and other oral literary genres. Art of the singer and his role in nomadic Turkic society. Emphasis on Manas, the monumental epos of Kirghiz.
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MELC 385 Modern Middle Eastern Literature in Translation (3) A&H
Contemporary cultures of the Middle East studied through exposure to a representative sample of their literary work. Texts selected address major issues in Middle Eastern societies, e.g., tradition versus modernity, national identity and the challenge of the West, Arab-Israeli conflict.
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MELC 396 Intermediate Studies in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (1-5, max. 15)
Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty.
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MELC 399 Study Abroad (1-15, max. 15)
Credit for MELC 200-400-level courses in an approved Study Abroad program. Requires credit evaluation by department or faculty. Does not automatically apply to major or minor requirements. Offered: AWSpS.
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MELC 429 Islamic Mystical Literature in Translation (5) A&H
Readings from the works of principal Sufi writers and poets.
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MELC 490 Supervised Study (1-6, max. 18)
Special work in Middle Eastern studies.
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MELC 491 Seminar in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (2)
Covers issues of methodology as well as linguistic, philosophical, literary critical, and rhetorical topics. Focuses on developing academic presentation and communication skills. Includes supervised readings and group discussion. Credit/no-credit only.
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MELC 496 Advanced Studies in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (3-5, max. 15) SSc
Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty. Content varies.
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MELC 497 Honors Thesis (5)
Participants identify a specific thesis topic and conduct individual research under the direction of a thesis adviser, culminating in an Honors thesis. Open only to juniors and seniors in the Departmental Honors Program.
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MELC 587 Teaching Arabic as a Foreign/Second Language (3)
Theory and practice of communicative language teaching; current developments in foreign-language teaching; evaluation of teaching materials; includes participation at the departmental and university-wide fall orientation; required for beginning teaching assistants of Middle Eastern Languages. Credit/no-credit only.
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MELC 589 Research Methods (3)
Introduction to research in Islamic civilization. Research methods, primary sources, evidence and documentation, reference works, transliteration systems, scholarly writing style.
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MELC 590 Seminar on Middle Eastern Cultures and Thought (3-5, max. 30)
Content varies.
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