Courses on the Middle East and Surrounding Regions

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The Ohio State University offers a wide variety of classes related to the Middle East area (270, total), across 30 disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, arts, professional schools, and applied sciences. Many of these courses have the ability to fulfill various core requirements for undergraduates (GECs). OSU also offers courses on less commonly taught languages such as Arabic, Persian/Dari, Hebrew, Hindi, Pashto, Turkish, Urdu, and Uzbek, as well as Biblical Hebrew, Qur’anic Arabic, and ancient Semitic languages. The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC) offers 80 language courses, and 67 non-language courses.

Courses offered Spring Semester 2023:

 

Near Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures Department:

ANTHROP 2241
The Middle East Close-Up: People, Cultures, Societies
Introduction to the culture of the Middle East as lived in its villages, towns, and cities. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for NELC 2241. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course. Cross-listed in NELC.

Lecture Section 0010 (28074)

Instructors

Nathan Paul Young


ARABIC 1102.01
Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II
Developing further language ability through learning how to perform certain functions orally and using them with fellow students; reading and writing passages reflecting their abilities. Classroom track. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Prereq: 1101.01 or 4 cr hrs of 1101.51. Not open to students with credit for 1102.02 or 4 cr hrs of 1102.51. This course is available for EM credit. GE for lang course. GE world languages course.

Lecture Section 10 (17020)

Instructors

Hekmat Dirbas


Lecture Section 20 (17021)

Instructors

Hekmat Dirbas


Lecture Section 30 (17022)

Instructors

Gergana Atanassova


Lecture Section 40 (17023)

Instructors

Hekmat Dirbas


ARABIC 2112
Colloquial Arabic II
Continued study of the phonology and grammar of the everyday spoken language used in the Eastern Arab world. Prereq: 2111 or 4111. Not open to students with credit for 4112.

Lecture Section 10 (27970)

Instructors

Marie-Therese Labaki


ARABIC 4106
High Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic
Continued development of language skills through reading and evaluating a variety of authentic Arabic texts and genres; writing compositions on various aspects of Arabic culture. Prereq: 3105.

Lecture Section 10 (20517)

Instructors

Marie-Therese Labaki

ARABIC 1103.01
Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I
Building on previously acquired functional abilities; using Arabic to express opinion and feelings; oral interaction in the classroom; reading authentic texts or various genres. Classroom track. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Prereq: 1102.01, 1102.02, or 4 cr hrs of 1102.51. Not open to students with credit for 1103.02 or 4 cr hrs of 1103.51. This course is available for EM credit. GE for lang course. GE world languages course.

Lecture Section 10 (28719)

Instructors

Gergana Atanassova

ARABIC 2241
Contemporary Arab Cultures: Arts, Mass Media, Society
This course explores the intersecting political, artistic, and intellectual currents and practices that have shaped contemporary Arab cultures. It is organized as a survey of different cultural phenomena in Arab societies and diasporas including: the Arabic language and its varieties, music, poetry, law, television & cinema, and more. GE culture and ideas and diversity global studies course.

Lecture Section 10 (33589)


ARABIC 3705
A Thousand and One Nights: Storytelling in Arabic and World Literature
In this course, we will read the 14th century collection of tales that constitute the earliest existing version of The Thousand and One Nights and analyze it both in relation to the medieval genres and concerns that shaped it and through contemporary theoretical frameworks. Prereq: English 1110. GE lit course. GE foundation lit, vis and performing arts course.

Lecture Section 10 (28720)

Instructors

Sean W Anthony


ARABIC 5628
Classical Arabic Prose
Selected readings reflecting the evolution of Arabic prose literature from its origins to the late Abbasid period. Prereq: 3105 (401), or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 628.

Lecture Section 010 (33617)

Instructors

Sean W Anthony


ARABIC 2001
Arabic Pronunciation
The Arabic Pronunciation course is designed to improve and perfect the student's pronunciation of Modern Standard Arabic. Students will learn the articulatory features of speech production and ways in which to correct and enhance their oral production. They will gradually be introduced to some basic linguistic terminology of articulatory phonetics. Students will develop functional intelligibility. Prereq: 1103 or equiv., or permission of instructor.

Lecture Section 10 (29601)


ARABIC 8891
Seminar in Arabic Studies
Intensive investigation of a selected topic or problem in Arabic linguistics, philology, literature, or literary culture. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 16 cr hrs.

Seminar Section 010 (33620)

Instructors

Ahmad Al-Jallad


ARABIC 2104.01
Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II
Initiating and sustaining communication, reading and understanding short authentic passages, and writing to express many language functions. Regular classroom track. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Prereq: 1103.01 or 4 credit hours of 1103.51. Not open to students with credit for 2104.02.

Lecture Section 10 (17024)

Instructors

Marie-Therese Labaki


Lecture Section 30 (20518)

Instructors

Gergana Atanassova


ARABIC 3702
Place, Space, and Migration in Modern Arabic Literature and Film
This course on modern Arabic literature and culture in translation focuses on questions of belonging, relationship to space, and migration. It examines how Arabic literary narratives, films, documentaries, and other arts have imagined modes of belonging to spaces such as cities and nations, the natural world (and even the universe!) from the early postcolonial period to the present. Prereq: English 1110. GE lit and diversity global studies course. GE theme lived environments course.

Lecture Section 10 (29603)

Instructors

Johanna Sellman


ARABIC 1101.01
Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I
Developing the ability to use Arabic functionally and communicatively in context; intensive oral interaction with instructor and fellow students; the basics of the writing system. Classroom track. Not open to native speakers of Arabic. Prereq: Not open to students with 1101.02 or 4 cr hrs of 1101.51. This course is available for EM credit. GE for lang course. GE world languages course.

Lecture Section 10 (27969)


ARABIC 5628
Classical Arabic Prose
Selected readings reflecting the evolution of Arabic prose literature from its origins to the late Abbasid period. Prereq: 3105 (401), or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 628.

Lecture Section 010 (33619)

Instructors

Sean W Anthony


ARABIC 4120
Arabic Media
Reading/Listening to contemporary media in Arabic--youth culture, politics, contemporary issues. Prereq: 2104.01 or 2104.02. Not open to students with credit for 420.

Lecture Section 10 (17025)

Instructors

Hekmat Dirbas


ARABIC 2701
Classical and Medieval Arabic Literature in Translation
Reading and analysis of major works of Arabic literature from the 6th to the 17th centuries including classical poetry, the Qur'an, and the Arabian Nights. Prereq: English 1110 (110). Not open to students with credit for 371. GE lit and diversity global studies course. GE foundation lit, vis and performing arts course.

Lecture Section 10 (29602)

Instructors

Ahmad Al-Jallad


HEBREW 2700
The Hebrew Bible in Translation
Reading and analysis of selected chapters from the Hebrew scriptures and post-biblical Hebrew writings representative of major historical, cultural, and literary trends. Prereq: English 1110. Not open to students with credit for 2700H, JewshSt 2700, or 2700H. GE lit and diversity global studies course. GE foundation lit, vis and performing arts course. Cross-listed in JewshSt.

Lecture Section 10 (29604)

Instructors

Sam Meier


HEBREW 1102.01
Elementary Hebrew II
Reading of passages from various periods of Hebrew literature; review of salient points of elementary grammar & introduction to elements of classical Hebrew. Not open to native speakers of this language through regular course enrollment or EM credit. Prereq: 1101, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 102. This course is available for EM credit. GE for lang course. GE world languages course.

Lecture Section 10 (28134)

Instructors

Galit Elli Golan


HEBREW 2241
Culture of Contemporary Israel
An introduction to the Culture of modern Israel: historical roots, socio-political institutions and developments, and literary and artistic creations reflecting the realities of contemporary Israeli society. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for Hebrew 2241H (241H), 241, JewshSt 2242, or 2242H. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course. Cross-listed in JewshSt 2242.

Lecture Section 10 (34922)

Instructors

Adena V. Tanenbaum


HEBREW 2105
Intermediate Hebrew II
Development of communication skills in Modern Hebrew; special emphasis on using new grammatical skills in advanced forms of composition and conversation. Not open to native speakers of this language or students with EM credit. Prereq: 1103, or permission of instructor.

Lecture Section 10 (26192)

Instructors

Galit Elli Golan

ISLAM 3205
Women in the Muslim Middle East
Examination of the position on women in the contemporary Middle East; impact of regional environment on gender identity; gender bias studies in various Middle Eastern countries. Prereq: English 1100. Not open to students with credit for NELC 3205. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course.

Lecture Section 010 (30306)

ISLAM 3501
Introduction to Islam
Examination of Islam as a world religion, enabling an understanding of its major tenets and beliefs as they are envisioned by insiders and outsiders. Prereq: English 1110. Not open to students with credit for NELC 3501. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course.


Lecture Section 10 (29611)

JEWSHST 2242
Culture of Contemporary Israel
An introduction to the Culture of modern Israel: historical roots, socio-political institutions and developments, and literary and artistic creations reflecting the realities of contemporary Israeli society. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 2242H, Hebrew 2241 (241), or 2241H (241H). GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course. Cross-listed in Hebrew 2241.

Lecture Section 10 (34924)

Instructors

Adena V. Tanenbaum

JEWSHST 3205
Art and Judaism
An exploration of the nature and function of art in Judaism from the standpoints of history, cultural history, and material culture. Prereq: English 1110. Not open to students with credit for 2205, Hebrew 2205, 3205, or HistArt 3205. GE VPA course. GE foundation lit, vis and performing arts course. Cross-listed in HistArt.

Lecture Section 10 (34925)

Instructors

Michael Dov Swartz


JEWSHST 2700
The Hebrew Bible in Translation
Reading and analysis of selected chapters from the Hebrew scriptures and post-biblical Hebrew writings representative of major historical, cultural, and literary trends. Prereq: English 1110. Not open to students with credit for 2700H, Hebrew 2700, or 2700H. GE lit and diversity global studies course. GE foundation lit, vis and performing arts course. Cross-listed in Hebrew.

Lecture Section 10 (29609)

Instructors

Sam Meier

LING 3901
Language Evolution and Language Change
A study of how and why languages change and evolve over time, taking into account the linguistic, historical, ideological and cultural factors involved. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for NELC 3101. GE cultures and ideas course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course.

Lecture Section 10 (26699)

Instructors

Ian Stewart Cameron

NELC 5121
Jewish Aramaic
Provides students grammatical and textual skills to read Jewish post-biblical Aramaic and to introduce them to some of the most important texts written in the language. Introduces grammar of Jewish Aramaic, dialectical differences among the Aramaic of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Palestine, and Jewish Babylonia, and how these differences are reflected in the manuscript and inscriptional evidence. Prereq: Hebrew 1103, or permission of instructor.

Lecture Section 10 (29615)

Instructors

Michael Dov Swartz


NELC 7301
Theorizing Literature
Accelerated introduction to literary theory and criticism, surveying significant developments in modern and contemporary literary and cultural studies. Prereq: Grad standing, or permission of instructor(s). Not open to students with credit for CompStd 7301. Cross-listed in CompStd 7301.

Lecture Section 010 (30376)


NELC 5121
Jewish Aramaic
Provides students grammatical and textual skills to read Jewish post-biblical Aramaic and to introduce them to some of the most important texts written in the language. Introduces grammar of Jewish Aramaic, dialectical differences among the Aramaic of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Palestine, and Jewish Babylonia, and how these differences are reflected in the manuscript and inscriptional evidence. Prereq: Hebrew 1103, or permission of instructor.

Lecture Section 10 (29616)

Instructors

Michael Dov Swartz

NELC 2680
It's The End of The World!: Apocalypticism in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
This course will explore how the end of the world-generally understood to be preceded by enormous wars and disasters as well as the judgment of people and a reckoning of their deeds-was imagined over two millennia by Christians, Jews, and Muslims. The course will cover primary and secondary historical works, as well as fictional bestsellers, about the apocalypse from around the world. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for History 2680. GE historical study and diversity global studies course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course. Cross-listed in History.

Lecture Section 10 (34931)


NELC 2241
The Middle East Close-Up: People, Cultures, Societies
Introduction to the culture of the Middle East as lived in its villages, towns, and cities. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for Anthrop 2241. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course. Cross-listed in Anthrop.

Lecture Section 10 (27981)

Instructors

Nathan Paul Young

NELC 2244
Films of the Middle East
Overview of contemporary films from different Middle Eastern countries; how filmmakers of the region view, present, and construct their countries using particular modes of representation. Prereq: English 1110. GE VPA and diversity global studies course.


Lecture Section 10 (29612)

Instructors

Mehrak Kamali Sarvestani


NELC 3700
Mythology of Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia
An introductory comparative survey of the mythology of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Prereq: English 1110. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. GE theme lived environments course.

Lecture Section 10 (29614)

Instructors

Sarah Maria Schellinger

PERSIAN 1102
Elementary Persian II
Further development of listening, writing, speaking, and reading skills; reading of simplified Persian texts. Closed to native speakers of this language. Prereq: 1101. This course is available for EM credit. GE for lang course. GE world languages course.

Lecture Section 10 (23747)

Instructors

Mehrak Kamali Sarvestani


PERSIAN 2104
Intermediate Persian II
Extensive reading from literary texts, with practice in conversation and composition. Prereq: 1103.

Lecture Section 10 (23748)

Instructors

Mehrak Kamali Sarvestani


PERSIAN 3101
Advanced Persian: Reading and Composition
Extensive reading of classical and modern Persian literary texts, with practice in grammar and composition at an advanced level. Prereq: 2105.

Lecture Section 010 (33646)

Instructors

Mehrak Kamali Sarvestani


PERSIAN 3350
Iranian Society Today: Internal Conflicts and Social Movements
This multi-disciplinary course is a journey through political, social, and intellectual history of Iran. The course will discuss intellectual interpretations of post-1979-revolution Iranian society, various new nonviolent social movements in recent two decades, and the role of globalization and media politics in contemporary Iran. GE soc sci indivs and groups and diversity global studies course.

Lecture Section 10 (29617)

Instructors

Mehrak Kamali Sarvestani


TURKISH 1102
Elementary Turkish II
Further development of listening, writing, speaking, and reading skills; reading of simplified Turkish texts. Not open to native speakers through regular enrollment or EM credit. Prereq: 1101. This course is available for EM credit. GE for lang course. GE world languages course.

Lecture Section 10 (20529)

Instructors

Ceyda Steele


TURKISH 2101
Intermediate Turkish II
Extensive reading from literary texts, with practice in conversation and composition. Not open to native speakers of this language. Prereq: 1103. Not open to students with credit for 201.

Lecture Section 10 (29618)

Instructors

Ceyda Steele

TURKISH 2241
Beyond Harems and Belly Dancers: Turkish Culture
An introduction to Turkish culture through reading of literature and criticism, and listening and viewing of films, slides, and performances arranged for the class. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course.

Lecture Section 010 (30324)

Instructors

Danielle Schoon


Communications:

COMM 3597.01
International Perspectives on Communication
Perspectives on communication media from different parts of the world. GE diversity global studies and cross-disciplinary seminar course.

Lecture Section 0010 (29600)

Instructors

Laura Paige Brooks Partain

French and Italian Department:

FRIT 3054
The 21st-Century Skill: Intercultural Competence for Global Citizenship
In this course students will develop cultural self-awareness, intercultural empathy, and an understanding of the patterns of behavior and values of people from different cultural contexts - all skills necessary for working and succeeding in the 21st century. GE diversity global studies course.

Lecture Section 10 (35014)

Instructors

Janice Marie Aski
Cindy Xinquan Jiang

History Department:

HISTORY 1682
World History from 1500 to the Present
Survey of the human community, with an emphasis on its increasing global integration, from the first European voyages of exploration through the present. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx., or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 2642. This course is available for EM credit. GE historical study and diversity global studies course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course.

Lecture Section 010 (29042)

Instructors

Catalina Hunt


HISTORY 2211
The Ancient Near East
The ancient history of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Anatolia, Persia, Israel, and the Levant to the establishment of the Persian Empire. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx. Not open to students with credit for 500. GE historical study course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course.

Recitation Section 20 (35588)

Instructors

Celine Marquaire


HISTORY 2301
African Peoples and Empires in World History
A thematic course focusing on African world history, empire building, and commercial and cultural links across the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean worlds before and during the Atlantic slave trade. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx. GE historical study course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course.

Lecture Section 10 (35843)

Instructors

Ahmad Alawad Sikainga

HISTORY 2453
History of Zionism and Modern Israel
The history of Zionist movement and the modern state of Israel from beginnings to present. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for JewshSt 2453. GE historical study course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course. Cross-listed in JewshSt.

Lecture Section 10 (30530)

Instructors

Ori Yehudai

HISTORY 2455
Jews in American Film
A study of how modern Jews appear in film compared with historical reality. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for JewshSt 2455. GE historical study course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies and race, ethnicity and gender div course. Cross-listed in JewshSt.

Recitation Section 10 (35193)

Instructors

Matt Goldish


HISTORY 2302
History of Modern Africa, 1800 - 1960s
Thematic survey of African history from 1800 to the 1960s. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx. GE historical study course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course.

Lecture Section 10 (33782)

Instructors

Thomas F. McDow

HISTORY 2352
The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1922
Studies the Ottoman Empire from the 13th to early 20th century, with an emphasis on the conquest of Istanbul, the consolidation of the borders of the empire, the establishment of the state apparatus in the classical period, a period of turbulence leading to a substantial transformation of the state in the early 19th century, and finally the empire?s dissolution in the aftermath of WWI. Prereq: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 3356. GE historical study course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course.

Lecture Section 10 (33655)

Instructors

Yigit Akin


HISTORY 2675
The Indian Ocean: Communities and Commodities in Motion
This course examines the history of the Indian Ocean world, a dynamic inter-regional arena that touches three continents. The course will explore historical processes as they cross traditional boundaries between geographic regions. With its focus on communities and commodities, this course will expose students to the continuities and change that have created the modern Indian Ocean world. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. GE historical study and diversity global studies course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course.

Lecture Section 0010 (35241)

Instructors

Amanda S Respess

HISTORY 3312
Africa & World War II
This course will focus on the oft-neglected African dimension of WWII. The course will explore the importance of Africans as soldiers and producers; the effects of WWII on class, race, and gender relations within the continent; and the importance of WWII in provoking crises in colonial empires and transforming the nature of political mobilization across the African continent. Prereq: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. GE historical study course.

Lecture Section 10 (33795)

Instructors

Ahmad Alawad Sikainga

HISTORY 3219
Historical Jesus
The purpose of this course is to consider the problem of how historical facts and religious persuasion are related where a religion, such as Christianity, lays claim to historical truth through examination of the figure of Jesus. Students will learn about historical methodology and a major religious figure about which there is considerable academic and theological debate. Prereq: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. GE historical study course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course.

Lecture Section 10 (33742)

Instructors

Bert Harrill


HISTORY 3505
U.S. Diplomacy in the Middle East
Survey of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East emphasizing the Cold War, Arab-Israeli conflict, Iran, and wars against Iraq. Sometimes this course is offered in a distance-only format. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for JewshSt 3505. GE historical study and diversity global studies course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course. Cross-listed in JewshSt.

Lecture Section 010 (29555)

Instructors

Zaynab Aamer Quadri

HISTORY 4475
Seminar in Jewish History
Advanced research and readings on selected topics in Jewish History. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx, a grade of C or above in History 2800, and any 3000-level History course; or permission of instructor.

Seminar Section 10 (33801)

Instructors

Ori Yehudai

HISTORY 7350
Studies in Islamic History
Graduate reading seminar on a topic in Islamic history, stressing topical coverage and/or historiography. May be repeated for credited when the topic changes. Prereq: Grad standing. Repeatable to a maximum of 15 cr hrs.

Seminar Section 010 (29568)

Instructors

Yigit Akin

Philosophy Department:

PHILOS 3120
Engaging Time: Philosophical Dimensions of Temporality
This course introduces the philosophical concept of time. Topics may include: how we measure time; whether time is real or is it the result of subjective perception; God's knowledge of the future; and, the coherence of 'time-travel'. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for Hebrew 3120. GE cultures and ideas course.

Lecture Section 0010 (33883)

Instructors

Tamar Rudavsky

 

Linguistics Department:

Linguistics 5906:
Introduction to Hittite (3 credits) 
(Undergrad section: 34657 // Graduate section: 34658)
Instructor: Brian Joseph (joseph.1@osu.edu)
Hittite is the ancient Indo-European language that was discovered (literally dug up out of the ground) in what is now central Turkey. It was deciphered in the early 20th century. Written in a cuneiform syllabary, it revolutionized our understanding of the development of the Indo-European language family.

 

Political Science Department:

POLITSC 4327
Politics in the Middle East
Politics of Arab-Israeli relations, Persian Gulf, Islamic fundamentalism, and oil; processes of change and their effects on governments and international relations.This course will focus on such topics as the systemic, psychological, and political economic dimensions of Middle East politics, intra-Arab politics, the Arab-Israeli conflict, forms of governance in the nation-states of the Middle East, secular-religious tensions within and between Middle East states, and the interaction between the politics of the Middle East and international politics, including U.S. foreign policy. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 546.

Lecture Section 0010 (22890)

Instructors

Donald Avery Sylvan

 

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