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Middle East Studies Summer Courses

Classes listed as "online" during Session I or II will meet synchronously online during a portion of their scheduled meeting times with additional coursework to be completed asynchronously. Session III online courses are all asynchronous.

MEST 3620 PW1 - Islam in America
Session III, June 1 - August 5, 2021
Online, Asynchronous

This course will examine the history of Islam and the experience of Muslims in American 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 US Muslim communities and their multi-faceted contributions to the global umma and the formation of an “American Islam”. Fulfills the EP3 and Pluralism requirements in Fordham's core curriculum.

CRN: 12829
Instructor: Kueny
4 credits


MEST 3901 PW1 - The Middle East in Film
Session III, June 1 - August 5, 2021
Online, Asynchronous

Using documentaries and features from Algeria to Yemen, this course examines politics, religion, gender, and minorities as well as love, comedy, and music, sometimes all together, and their impact on the region's diverse societies.

CRN: 12830
Instructor: Appels
4 credits


MEST 4701 PW1 - Urban Theatre, Music, Dance: Culture and the Formation of the Middle East Identities
Session III, June 1 - August 5, 2021
Online, Asynchronous

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, and 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.

CRN: 12831
Instructor: Appels
4 credits