Institute for Middle East Studies

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Also, this listing does not include language classes, or classes that may count towards Professional Specialization Field requirements.

Contact the Middle East Studies Operations Mangager if you have any questions about the course offerings.



Graduate Course Offerings – Spring 2015

Core

ANTH 6707 – Anthropology of Government and State in the Middle East


IAFF 6364 – Religion/Society in the Middle East

 

Electives

IAFF 6378 – Iraq & Iran


IAFF 6378 – Lebanon & Syria


IAFF 6378 – Militaries/Politics in the Middle East


IAFF 6378 – Turkish Politics and Society


IAFF 6378 – US Foreign Policy in the Middle East


IAFF 6378 – Gender & Women in the Middle East


IAFF 6378 – Politics & Society of Gulf


IAFF 6378 – Oil: Industry, Economy, Society


IAFF 6378 – Arabic for International Affairs


IAFF 6379 – Middle East Studies Capstone


REL 6201 – Gender and Islamic Activism


Graduate Course Offerings – Spring 2015

ANTH 6707 – Anthropology of Government and State in the Middle East
Feldman, I
W 5:10pm – 7:00pm

IAFF 6364 – Religion/Society in the Middle East
Salmoni, B
T 7:10pm – 9:40pm
Religion is a major presence in Middle Eastern societies: focus of identity; basis of community organization; cultural idiom; system of religious belief and practice; source of law; guide to politics; and reference for public morality. Religion in general, and Islam specifically, can not only be a source of unity and identity but also an object of contestation, as believers argue over interpretations, ritual practices, and social enactments.
This course examines the varieties of religious expression, organization, and contestation in Middle Eastern societies, largely by a focus on contemporary Islam.

IAFF 6378 – Iraq & Iran
Yaphe, J
R 5:10pm – 7:00pm
This course is intended to give you information and insight into the history and political culture of modern Iraq and its relations with Iran, its other neighbors, and the United States. The focus will be on the role of occupation, militarism, and nationalism on state formation; the consequences of ethnic, sectarian and ideological conflict; and the impact of these issues on the region and U.S. security from 1914 to the present. The region is important for its geo-strategic location, energy resources, and propensity for weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and autocratic governance. All of these issues are flashpoints for U.S foreign and security policy interests. This course is meant to enhance your knowledge base as well as your ability to analyze these issues; understand them in their geographic, cultural, and historical context; and examine how policy was and is made towards this complex region.

IAFF 6378 – Lebanon & Syria
Jouejati, M
W 5:10pm – 7:00pm
This course explores the inextricable link between Syria and Lebanon - from the time these territories were part of the Ottoman Empire until the present. In the process, the course focuses on the different political and economic trajectories the two states followed upon gaining independence from France; the domestic and external sources of their respective foreign policies; Lebanon's slide towards civil war in 1975 and Syria's intervention to end it; the politics of Syria's domination of Lebanon and, ultimately, its ouster from the latter.

IAFF 6378 – Militaries/Politics in the Middle East
Cook, S
W 7:10pm – 9:00pm
This course is designed to examine the nature of civil-military relations in the Middle East in an effort to understand 1) the connection between militaries and the development of regime in the region, 2) the role militaries play in the durability of Middle Eastern political systems, and 3) possible pathways out of authoritarian politics.

IAFF 6378 – Turkish Politics and Society
Tol, G
R 5:10pm – 7:10pm
This graduate level course offers in-depth knowledge on Turkish domestic and foreign policy as well as a multi-faceted perspective on dynamics of the contemporary Turkish society. Topics will include current Turkish foreign policy, its dynamics, domestic, regional and international drivers and implications, Turkish political parties and their ideological stance, socio-economic, ideological and cultural cleavages in Turkish society, relations between civil-military and secular-traditional Islamic forces and their impact on Turkish politics. At the end of this course, students will have an in-depth understanding of contemporary issues in Turkish domestic and foreign policy and be able to interpret these issues with a well-informed and sound analysis.

IAFF 6378 – US Foreign Policy in the Middle East
Jeffrey, J
T 5:10pm – 7:10pm
The course focus is on U.S. policy towards the Middle East. It will begin with an inventory of U.S. foreign policy basic principles and bureaucratic tools. It will then survey the Middle East as a whole, to identify commonalities of importance to American policy makers. It will then focus on individual countries of importance (Israel, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Turkey), and critical issues (Islam, Terrorism, the Arab Spring, Use of Force). Each weekly segment will focus on a given country or issue, introduce student participation, and concentrate on a specific U.S. foreign policy decision ‘case study,’ in order to examine the trade craft at play, its success or failure, and the reasons for either. The course will come to a close with a simulation, choosing an issue of current interest at the time, encouraging students to apply what they have learned related to both U.S. foreign policy conduct, and the Middle East area of operations. The final session will look at the future, return to the course beginnings with the focus on the U.S. and the region as a whole, and examine how the U.S. might deal with it in the future.

IAFF 6378 – Gender & Women in the Middle East
Professor TBD
T 7:10 – 9:40pm
The debate on the status of Middle Eastern women has served as a potent symbol within various political programs and as a site of political and cultural intervention. Special attention will be given to the ways in which the position of Middle Eastern women has been debated within imperial, nationalist, and Islamist political programs and the role that women themselves have played in shaping those debates.
The course is interdisciplinary in scope, readings and theoretical underpinnings ranging from history, sociology, anthropology to political science, and media studies to gender studies.

Core topics to be discussed in this course:
Representing Gender in the Middle East: From Orientalism to Post-colonialism
Islam & Patriarchy : Gender Ideologies and Social Practices
The State & ‘Gender Regimes’: Modernization, Reform and Citizenship
Families & ‘Selves’: Social Relations and Identity Constructions
Gender & Sexuality: From ‘Honor & Shame’ to Queer
Exploring Masculinities: Hegemonic and subordinate masculinities
Feminism & Women’s Movements: Women’s rights and the struggle for 'authenticity'
Autobiographies & Fiction: Gendered writing and creativity
New Public Spheres: Gendering the media and the Internet
War & Conflict: Gendering Violence and Peace in the Middle East

IAFF 6378 – Politics & Society of Gulf
Yaphe, J; Gnehm, E
W 5:10pm – 7:10pm

This course is intended to give information and insight into the factors that have shaped and continue to influence the political culture, society and governing processes in the region commonly called the Persian or Arabian Gulf; depending which side of the body of water you favor. For purposes of this course, we will refer simply to the Gulf and focus on Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, and Yemen. Iran is included as a Gulf state in the context of its policies toward the Arab Gulf states. We will examine how history, tribal traditions and values, religion, the impact of sudden wealth from the discovery of oil, colonialism and the role of foreign intervention, and the presence of large and ambitious states have shaped political culture, social values, and the balance power in the Gulf. The Gulf region plays an important role in U.S. security policy because of its geo-strategic location, energy resources, and propensity for weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and autocratic governance. We will discuss what the region means for U.S. security and economic interests.
This course is meant to enhance students’ ability to analyze these issues and understand them in their geographic, cultural, and historical context. In the process, students will be asked to defend or criticize topics and countries, some of which may be familiar and important, and others that may be unfamiliar and even unpopular with customary perceptions of a political system, a religion, and some important themes in modern history, politics, and culture. The focus will be on the region’s security issues, the nature of governance, politics and civil society, and its impact on U.S. policy and interests that often conflict with U.S. policy planning.

IAFF 6378 – Oil: Industry, Economy, Society
Weiner, R
M 7:10pm – 9:40pm
Petroleum is one of the fastest-growing industries in the USA, and affects the fortunes of companies and nations. The industry is truly global; most of the largest firms in the world are in petroleum, and look for oil and gas in a wide variety of environments, which we will explore through cases.
Are we running out of oil, or awash in it?  This course takes a multidisciplinary approach (primarily political economy and management) to oil and its effects on business, nation-states, and the world economy. The first half of the course adopts a top-down viewpoint, examining the global oil environment. The second half is more bottom-up, using cases to grapple with industry issues.
The course is conducted in a mixture of seminar and lecture formats. A group proposal, paper, and presentation, as well as active class participation are expected, and constitute over half the assessment.

IAFF 6378.17 - Arabic for International Affairs
Alsani, I
R 07:10PM-09:00PM

IAFF 6379 – Middle East Studies Capstone
Lynch, M
TBD
A project-oriented course, designed to synthesize the skills and knowledge that students have acquired in their graduate study. Open only to M.A. candidates in Middle East studies.

REL 6201 – Gender and Islamic Activism
Pemberton, K
W 11:10am – 1:00pm


Graduate Course Offerings – Fall 2014


Cornerstone

IAFF 6361 - Middle East Studies Cornerstone

Core

IAFF 6378.14 - Political Economy of the Middle East

PSC 6377 - Governments and Politics of the Middle East

PSC 6478 - International Relations - Middle East

HIST 6821 - Islam and Social Movements


Electives

IAFF 6378 - US Policy in the Gulf

IAFF 6378 - US Security Policy in the Middle East

IAFF 6378 - Religion/Politics in Post-Revolution Iran

IAFF 6378 - Religion and Revolution in the Middle East: Security in the Post-Arab Spring Era

PSC 6476 - The Arab-Israeli Conflict

REL 6402 - Qur'an & Hadith

REL 6441 - Islamic Law



Current Graduate Course Offerings –Fall 2014

Cornerstone

IAFF 6361 - Middle East Studies Cornerstone
Lynch, M
W 07:10PM - 09:00PM

The cornerstone is a one-credit introductory seminar taught by the IMES Program Director that all entering students must take their first semester. It is designed to engage students in discussion of current Middle East Studies research and familiarize students with IMES faculty.


Core

IAFF 6378.14 - Political Economy of the Middle East
Losman, D
M 07:10PM - 09:00PM

This course is designed as a seminar to introduce students to the present day political economy of the Middle East, or the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) as it is generally called, a region stretching from Morocco to Iran. Starting with an overview of the historical and political challenges facing economic development in the MENA, students will apply such insights to present day issues in the region.

 

PSC 6377 - Governments and Politics of the Middle East
Marshall, S
T 05:10PM - 07:00PM

 

PSC 6478 - International Relations - Middle East
Lynch, M
W 05:10PM - 07:00PM

 

HIST 6821 - Islam and Social Movements
Khoury, D
M 06:10PM - 08:00PM


Electives

IAFF 6378 - US Policy in the Gulf
Gnehm, E
M 05:10PM - 07:00PM

This course examines U.S. foreign policy in the strategically important Persian Gulf from World War II to present. The course focuses on U.S. interests in the region and the various factors that impact on policy decisions. What led to U.S. military engagement in three wars in three decades in this region? Does the increase in U.S. oil production change the significance of the Persian Gulf for the U.S.? What does the future portend?

 

IAFF 6378 - US Security Policy in the Middle East
Yaphe, J
R 05:10PM - 07:00PM

This course is intended to give you information and insight into the formulation of U.S. foreign policy and security strategy toward the region known as the Middle East. It will examine the factors that have shaped and will continue to influence the making of American foreign and security policies in a region important for its geo-strategic location, energy resources, and propensity for weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and autocratic governance.

 

IAFF 6378 - Religion/Politics in Post-Revolution Iran
TBD
W 07:10PM - 09:00PM

It has been three decades since religion has gone “public.” The Islamic Revolution in Iran, the Nicaraguan Revolution, and the establishment of the Moral Majority in the United States, all of which occurred in 1979, signified the “return of religion from exile.” Political scientists often refer to the Iranian Revolution and its impact on Islamist movements the world over as the ultimate example of the increasing role of religion in world politics.

 

IAFF 6378.13 - Politics of North Africa
Lawrence, W
R 07:10PM - 09:00PM

The goal of this course is to examine the post-colonial government and politics of the Maghreb - Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia - and other select states of the North African region, including, Libya and Mauritania. The course will consider the role that history and geography have played in shaping contemporary North Africa, and critically, the influence of nationalism and state-building in the aftermath of colonialism.

 

IAFF 6378.15 - Religion and Revolution in the Middle East: Security in the Post-Arab Spring Era
Yaphe, J
T 5:10PM - 7:00PM

This course focuses on identifying key factors which threaten security and stability in key countries in the region; the root causes of instability which produce revolution, reform, or resistance to change; and how governments cope with security crises.  Students will focus their research on one country or key transnational security issue. The course is designed primarily for students anticipating academic study (Capstone or other focused research) or a professional career in/on the region.

 

PSC 6476 - The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Jouejati, M
M 05:10PM - 07:00PM

 

REL 6202 - Qur'an & Hadith
Faghfoory, M
T 07:10PM - 09:40PM

 

REL 6441 - Islamic Law
Moussavi, A
W 03:30AM - 06:00P


Consortium Graduate Elective Offerings—Fall 2014

Note: Consortium registration is not guaranteed. See here for details.

American University

SIS 619-023 – Islam & Democracy
S. Mokhtari
Tuesday 2:35 pm to 5:15 pm

SIS 619-027 – US-Iran conflict and reconciliation
F. Simone
Wednesday 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

SIS 619-037 – Identity & Politics in the Middle East
M. Hassan
Wednesday 8:10 pm to 10:40 pm

SIS 619-038 – Islam, Peace, and Conflict Resolution
M. Hassan
Thursday 2:35 pm to 5:15 pm

Catholic University

HIST 678A – Gender and the Family in the Islamic World
Lev Weitz
Wednesday 9:40 am to 12:10 pm

George Mason University

MEIS 500 -- Critical Issues/Debates
Bassam Haddad
Wednesday 7:20 pm to 10:00 pm

Georgetown University

MAAS 408-01 – Arab Intellectuals
Instructor TBA
Course taught in Arabic
Tuesday & Thursday 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm Walsh 398 

MAAS 510-01 – Environmental Security/Conflict
Marwa Daoudy
Wednesday 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm Walsh 497

MAAS 514-01 – Politics of Empire: Arab World
Daniel Neep
Tuesday 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm    Intercultural Center 217B

MAAS 546-01 – Politics of Water
Marwa Daoudy
Thursday 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm Reynolds 130

MAAS 561-01 – Continuity/Change: North Africa Pol
Noureddine Jebnoun
Wednesday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Intercultural Center 212

MAAS 567-01 – State/Society/Power Structure: Egypt
Emad Shahin
Wednesday 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm Intercultural Center 202

MAAS 628-01 – Media/Communication: Arab World
Adel T. Iskandar
Monday 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm  Intercultural Center 214

MAAS 640-01 – Development in Arab World: Theory/Issues/Institutions
Fida Adely
Tuesday 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm  Intercultural Center 212


Graduate Course Offerings —Summer 2014


Core

PSC 6377 - Comparative Politics - Middle East


Electives

IAFF 6186 - Intelligence of the Middle East

IAFF 6378 - Security in the Middle East: Issues and Options




Graduate Course Offerings —Summer 2014


Core

PSC 6377 - Comparative Politics - Middle East
Kiamie, C
MW 06:10PM - 08:20PM


Electives

IAFF 6186 - Intelligence of the Middle East
Siers, R
TR 06:10PM - 08:20PM

IAFF 6378 - Security in the Middle East: Issues and Options
Yaphe, J
TR 6:10PM - 8:20PM

Students identify and examine key issues challenging security and stability in the Middle East and assess impact and  options for region and U.S policy.  Students will focus research efforts on a country and/or issue of their choice. Course is open to advanced undergraduates and graduate students, especially those planning advanced academic work (Capstone or similar research projects) or post-graduate careers on or in the region.




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