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Minor in Middle East Studies

Note

This Minor is different from the Minor in Arabic Studies.  Consult the Department of Classics to learn more about this particular minor.

Dalhousie University has the strongest and most well-recognized complement of specialists in Middle East and Islamic Studies in Eastern Canada. Classes in history and religious studies, as well as in the Arabic language, are available for students interested in pursuing Middle East Studies. This Minor is a perfect complement to students majoring in History, as well as Political Science, SOSA, IDS, and Classics.  This program would also blend well for those students in other Faculties (Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Management) who are interested in supplementing their core program.

Requirements

  • Students minoring in Middle East Studies must take three full credits (i.e. six classes with the X or Y designation).
  • At least one half-course must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.
  • Students are required to take one of the following:
HIST 2502 The Ottoman Empire and Its Legacy, 1750-1923
HIST 2503 Medieval Islamic Civilization
HIST 2504 History of the Modern Middle East
RELS 2001 Judaism
RELS 2003 Islam

Department of History Courses for Minor in Middle East Studies

No History courses for Minor in Middle Eastern Studies offered in 2017-18

HIST 2502 X or Y
The Ottoman Empire and Its Legacy, 1750-1923
HIST 2503 X or Y Medieval Islamic Civilization
HIST 2504 X or Y
History of the Modern Middle East
HIST 2505 X or Y Turbans and Berets: A Modern History of Iraq
HIST 3509 X or Y Arab Caliphs, Turkish Commanders, Persian Viziers: Islamic History, 750-1200
HIST 3510 X or Y Sultans and Shahs: Politics and Religion in the Islamic Gunpowder Age (1500-1800)
HIST 3511 X or Y Ancient and Medieval History of the Persianate World
HIST 3512 X or Y
Modern History of Iran
HIST 3513 X or Y From Cairo to Capetown: Religious Revival, Identity, and Colonialism in Muslim Africa
HIST 3515 X or Y
Food for Thought: History and the Culinary Cultures of the Islamic World
HIST 4510 X or Y
Topics in Middle Eastern and Islamic History
HIST 4545 X or Y Scripture and Statecraft: History of Islamic Political Philosophy
HIST 4550 X or Y Orientalism and Occidentalism
HIST 4555 X or Y
Dream Palace or a Bitter Reality?: Arab Intellectuals and their Ideologies in the Modern Period

 

Program of Religious Studies Courses for Minor in Middle East Studies

Courses in bold are offered 2017-18

RELS 2001 X or Y Judaism
RELS 2003 X or Y Islam
RELS 2208 X or Y Science and Medicine in Islamic Societies, 750-1500
RELS 3001 X or Y Islam and Others
RELS 3009 X or Y Christianity in the Lands of Islam
RELS 3012 X or Y Mystics of the Middle East
HIST 4010 X or Y
Islamic Philosophy: al-Ghazali

 

Department of Classics Courses for Minor in Middle East Studies

Courses in bold are offered in 2017-18

CLAS 2216 X or Y Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Kings: Transforming Ancient East and West
CLAS 2220 X or Y Ancient Israel
CLAS 2281 X or Y The Orthodox and Oriental Churches
CLAS 2900 X/Y Intermediate Hebrew
CLAS 3016 X Meetings between Hellenism and the East to Philo the Jew
CLAS 3017 Y Meetings between Hellenism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam
CLAS 3382 X or Y
Medieval Philosophy from Arabic and Jewish Thinkers to Aquinas
CLAS 4011 X or Y Jewish Philosophy: Maimonides
CLAS 4018 X or Y Christian Thought in Islamic Lands
CLAS 4110 X or Y Rome and the East

 

Program of Arabic Courses for Minor in Middle East Studies

Courses in bold are offered in 2017-18

ARBC 2020 X/Y Intermediate Arabic
ARBC 2100 X or Y A Cultural Introduction to the Arab World
ARBC 3030 X or Y Advanced Arabic
ARBC 3031 X or Y Advanced Arabic II (Readings)
ARBC 3040 X or Y Arabic Philosophical Texts (al-Ghazali)
ARBC 3050 X or Y Arabic Philosophical Texts (Maimonides)
ARBC 3100 X or Y Arabic Pre-Islamic Poetry