Academic Catalog

2018-2019

Middle East & North African Studies (MENA)

MENA 121 - Islamic History before 1800 (4 Credit Hours)

A survey of the history of the Islamic World from the rise of Islam to the 1800's. Beginning with the revelation of Islam and the emergence of the first Islamic Empire in the seventh century A.D., the course will examine the formation and development of Islamic Societies through a study of religion, political theory and practice, social structure, art, literature and the sciences.

MENA 122 - The Modern Middle East (4 Credit Hours)

This course examines the transformation of the Middle East in the 19th and 20th centuries. It will cover such topics as political reform, integration into the world economy, changing role of religion, debates about women and gender, the rise of nationalism and recent political struggles such as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

MENA 150 - Introductory Special topics in Middle East and North Africa Studies (4 Credit Hours)

Introductory special topics with Middle East and North African focus.

MENA 199 - Introductory Topics in Middle East and North Africa Studies (1-4 Credit Hours)

A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.

MENA 250 - Intermediate Special Topics in Middle East and North Africa Studies (4 Credit Hours)

MENA 299 - Intermediate Topics in Middle East and North Africa Studies (1-4 Credit Hours)

A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.

MENA 347 - The Middle East in World Affairs (4 Credit Hours)

The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the political history, international significance, and the dimensions of political life in the Middle East. Owing to the ever-present potential for conflict, the seeming intractability of disputes, and the oil factor, what happens in the Middle East is of vital importance to international politics. We examine the role that politics in the Middle East has played in world affairs as well as the region's importance in the future.

MENA 350 - Advanced Special Topics in MENA (4 Credit Hours)

Advanced special topics with Middle East and North African Studies focus.

MENA 361 - Directed Study (1-4 Credit Hours)

MENA 362 - Directed Study (1-4 Credit Hours)

MENA 363 - Independent Study (1-4 Credit Hours)

MENA 364 - Independent Study (1-4 Credit Hours)

MENA 399 - Advanced Topics in Middle East and North Africa Studies (1-4 Credit Hours)

A general category used only in the evaluation of transfer credit.

MENA 450 - Advanced Special Topics in MENA (4 Credit Hours)

Advanced special topics with Middle East and North African Studies focus.

MENA 451 - Senior Research (1-4 Credit Hours)

MENA 452 - Senior Research (4 Credit Hours)

MENA 463 - Political Economy of the Middle East (4 Credit Hours)

A study of the general features of the economic development experience of the Middle East. This course will note the elements of similarity and the extent of diversity among the economies of the region, and will examine the strategies of planning and patterns of economic development in these economies. We will study the structural transformation of these economies and the dynamics of their relations with the colonial and modern West. We will examine the interactive relation between economic policymaking and class formation, as well as the economics of internal and international migration. OPEC and the oil market, and the economics of war, occupation and sanction. In the past decades, many Middle Eastern countries have been confronted with an Islamic revivalist movement that seeks to transform the economic organization of society according to what has been proposed as "Islamic economics." In this course we will study the theoretical basis of various interpretations of Islamic economics and will examine their policy and planning proposals.

Prerequisite(s): ECON 301 and ECON 302.