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Middle Eastern Studies
 


        

The Middle Eastern Studies concentration is designed for students interested principally in the art and architecture, culture, economics, history, and politics of the Arab world, Iran, Israel, and Turkey.

Concentration requirements: Four subjects from the list below with no more than two subjects from a single area. A HASS Concentration may include only one subject that also counts toward the HASS Distribution Requirement. You may include more than one only if the additional subject will NOT count as a HASS Distribution subject in your degree audit.

HUMANITIES AND THE ARTS

4.610 Civic Architecture in Islamic History, HASS-A
4.614 Architecture in the Islamic World, HASS-A
4.615 The Architecture of Cairo, HASS-A
4.617 Issues in Islamic Urbanism (G)
4.619 Historiography of Islamic Architecture (G)
4.621 Orientalism and Representation (G)

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HISTORICAL STUDIES

3.993 Archaeology of the Middle East, HASS-S
17.405 Seminar on Politics and Conflicts in the Middle East, HASS-S
17.565/17.567 Israel: History, Politics, Culture, and Identity, HASS-S
21H.160 Islam, the Middle East, and the West, HASS-H
21H.161 The Middle East in the Twentieth Century, HASS-H, CI-H
21H.260 Cities in the Middle East: History, Politics, and Society, HASS-S
21H.262 Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, HASS-H
21H.365 Cultural Plurality in Modern Middle East, HASS-H
WGS.220 Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa, HASS-H
WGS.221 Women in the Developing World, HASS-S

LANGUAGE

With the permission of the Concentration Advisor, students may take one or two introductory, intermediate, or advanced subjects in one of the following languages offered by Harvard University or Wellesley College: Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish. The advisor may also approve other Middle Eastern languages, such as Armenian, Greek, or Kurdish.

This list is not exhaustive. Relevant subjects that are no longer offered and subjects with variable topics (such as “special subjects” or “selected topics” courses, for example) may also be counted at the discretion of the concentration advisor.

[ ] Jointly listed subjects
(G) Graduate subjects which are open to qualified undergraduates, with the permission of the instructor

Additional information can be obtained from the Concentration Advisor:
Professor Philip S. Khoury, 10-280, x3-0887
Or from the History Office, E51-255, x3-4965