Middle East Studies Summer Courses
MEST 3620 PW1 - Islam in America
Session III, May 28-August 6, 2019
This course will examine the history of Islam and the experience of Muslims in America from the time of the slave trade to the present day. Through a close analysis of both primary and secondary materials, students will explore - through speaking and writing exercises - the rich diversity of U.S. Muslim communities and their multi-faceted contributions to the global umma and the formation of an "American Islam". Fulfills the Pluralism requirement in Fordham's core curriculum.
MEST 4701 L21 - Urban Theatre, Music, Dance: Culture and the Formation of Middle East Identities
Session II, July 2-August 6, 2019
Lincoln Center: TWTh with weekly field trips, 1-4 p.m.
This course draws on the two disciplines of the performing arts (as viewed through performance studies) and anthropology to examine how Middle East identities are embodied, constructed, and transcended through gesture, sound and enactment – both religious and aesthetic -- in the cities of Casablanca, Cairo, & Istanbul. Anthropological approaches to the study of Muslim ritual traditions and devotional practices (e.g., dhikr, ziyarāt, majlis, hajj, ta’zīya, ṣalāt and tajwīd) that seek to discern a more transcendent human experience, nature and identity in relation to the divine, will be compared/contrasted with performing studies’ approaches to speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle that emphasize contingency, aesthetics, and shifting social, political, and cultural influences on identity formation over time. Fulfills the Global Studies and Interdisciplinary Capstone requirements in Fordham's Core Curriculum.