Middle Eastern & South Asian

Courses

MESA 1000 - From Genghis Khan to Stalin: Invasions and Empires of Central Asia

Survey of Central Asian civilizations from the first to the twenty-first centuries, with particular emphasis on nomadism, invasions, conquests, and major religious-cultural developments.

Credits: 3

MESA 2110 - Intro to Middle East/South Asian Film History

"Transnational Circuits of Cinema: An Introduction to Middle East - South Asia Film History" - Since its very inception as a traveling fairground attraction, cinema has been a globally-circulating medium. This course begins in the moment of early cinema and proceeds through the contemporary moment, with a focus on Middle East - South Asia genealogies of filmmaking.

Credits: 3

MESA 2300 - Crossing Borders: Middle East and South Asia

A survey of the deep cultural, religious, political and economic historical relationship between the Middle East and South Asia, suggesting we need to understand the two "regions" comprehensively and comparatively.

Credits: 3

MESA 3110 - Sustainable Environments in the Middle East and South Asia

From arid cities to irrigated fields, hot deserts to high mountains, the Middle East and South Asia encompasses a range of environments for thinking through the relationships between nature and society, people and animals, human and nonhuman worlds.

Credits: 3

MESA 3111 - Film Festivals and Global Media Cultures: ME/SA Spotlight

With an emphasis on transnational film festival histories and collective media cultures in the Middle East and South Asia, this course offers a semester-long study of film festivals, as an intersection of historical and media industry approaches to cinema. Tie-ins will include comparative analyses of local film cultures and film festivals.

Credits: 3

MESA 3120/5120 - Classics of Islamic Literature: Islamic Mystical Writing

This course surveys the classics of Islamic mystical writing, spanning from the Middle East to South Asia and the Arabic, Persian, Urdu, and Indian vernacular languages. With an eye to both form and content, we will examine the literary productions - both poetry and prose - of some of the most influential Sufi figures in Islamic history, including Rabi`a, Ibn al-Farid, Rumi, Hafiz, Khusrow, Bulleh Shah, and others. Readings in English translation.

Credits: 3

MESA 3470 - Language and Culture in the Middle East

This course provides an introduction to the peoples, cultures, and histories of the Middle East through an examination of language-use. We focus on Israel/Palestine--and the contact between Hebrew and Arabic--as a microcosm for the region as a whole. Readings present ethnographic, linguistic, and literary perspectives on language, identity, and the general processes of SELF/OTHER constructions in contexts of political and military confrontation. Prerequisites: previous coursework in Anthropology, Linguistics, or Middle East Studies.

Credits: 3

MESA 4998 - Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies Senior Thesis I

Prerequisites: DMP major and instructor permission.

Thesis research under the direction of a MESALC faculty member serving as thesis advisor and a second faculty member serving as second reader. The second faculty member may be from outside MESALC.

Credits: 0

MESA 4999 - Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies Senior Thesis II

Prerequisites: DMP major and instructor permission.

Thesis composition under the direction of a MESALC faculty member serving as thesis advisor and a second faculty member serving as second reader. The second faculty member may be from outside MESALC.

Credits: 6

MESA 5110 - Transnational Circuits of Cinema, Middle East/South Asia Film History

This course begins in the era of early cinema and proceeds through the contemporary moment, with a focus on Middle East -- South Asia genealogies of filmmaking. Its emphasis remains on the quintessentially transnational histories (parallels, intersections, circuits) of these cinemas - e.g., the centrality of popular Egyptian cinema within the Arab world; the prolific circulation of Hindi cinema across and beyond South Asia.

Credits: 3

MESA 8995 - MA Research Seminar

Required course for all candidates for the Master of Arts in Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies. During this course the final paper, required for the MA, is written. Includes instruction in research methodology, data analysis and a history of academic research on these areas.

Credits: 3

MESA 8998 - Non-Topical Research, Preparation for MA Research

For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.

Credits: 1-12

MESA 8999 - Non-Topical Research, MA

For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.

Credits: 1-12