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Islamic World Studies Courses

This minor will familiarize you with the common histories that have created an Islamic World and to foster an appreciation of the social and geographical diversity that exists within it. More broadly, it will provide you with an understanding of the complex relationships between religion, politics, geography, and culture that produce all world regions.

Core Courses

Select two courses from the following:

  • ANTH 310 - Cultures of Islam
  • ANTH 311 - Middle Eastern Cultures
  • GEOG 226 - Geography of the Middle East
  • HIST 104 - Introduction to the Civilization of the Islamic Middle East (offered fall 2017)
  • RELG 250 - Introduction to Islam (offered fall 2017)

Electives (12 hours)

Select four courses from the listing of courses below. Course choices must include at least one of the listed courses in Religious Studies unless taken to fulfill other degree requirements.

  • ANTH 310 - Cultures of Islam
  • ANTH 311 - Middle Eastern Cultures
  • ANTH 315 - South Asian Cultures
  • ANTH 316 - Southeast Asian Cultures
  • ANTH 515 - Tradition and Transformations in Islamic Cultures
  • ANTH 516 - Indonesian Culture Through Film
  • ARAB 201 - Intermediate Arabic (offered fall 2017)
  • ARAB 202 - Intermediate Arabic (offered fall 2017)
  • ARAB 280 - Introduction to Modern Arab Culture
  • ARAB 301 - Advanced Arabic Language I
  • ARAB 302 - Advanced Arabic Language II (offered fall 2017)
  • ARAB 310 - Conversational Arabic
  • ARAB 320 - Introduction to Modern Arab Literature in Translation
  • ARAB 398 - Selected Topics: Almaghreb Alar'abi/ The Arabic Maghreb (offered fall 2017)
  • FREN 453 - Francophone Literatures and Cultures
  • GEOG 226 - Geography of the Middle East
  • HIST 104 - Introduction to the Civilization of the Islamic Middle East (offered fall 2017)
  • HIST 327 - The Crusades
  • HIST 347 - The Middle East in Modern Times
  • HIST 348 - North Africa from Colonialism to Revolution: 1830-1962
  • HIST 349 - The Contemporary Middle East and North Africa
  • HIST 365 - East Africa and the Indian Ocean World
  • HIST 386 - Islamic Institutions and Traditions
  • HIST 562 - The Middle East and the United States: 1800 to the Present
  • HIST 389 - Science, Magic and Religion
  • IBUS 428 - Islamic Economics and Finance (offered fall 2017)
  • JSTU 387 - Jews and Muslims
  • POLI 103 - Controversies in the Politics of Global Regions (offered fall 2017)
  • POLI 449 - International Relations of the Middle East (offered fall 2017)
  • POLI 483 - Middle East Politics
  • RELG 250 - Introduction to Islam (offered fall 2017)
  • RELG 358 - The Qur'an and Hadith (offered fall 2017)
  • RELG 359 - Islamic Theology and Philosophical Thought
  • RELG 367 - Sufism
  • RELG 369- Islamic Law
  • RELG 387 - Jews and Muslims