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Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES)
 
Courses

Courses
Below are the courses offered by CAMES. These courses are not offered every semester, so please contact
CAMES for an accurate course schedule for each semester.

MEST 201 Introduction to the Middle East  (3 cr.)
This course provides a introductory survey of the history, politics, political economy, international relations, and cultures of the contemporary Middle East.

MEST 210 Special Topics in Middle Eastern Studies (3 cr.)

MEST 301 - Introduction to the Middle East (3 cr.)
A general seminar in Middle Eastern Studies designed to introduce students to the interdisciplinary study of the Middle East. Faculty from the various departments associated with CAMES such as History and Archaeology, Philosophy, Arabic, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Economics and Political Science are asked to present one or two seminars that illustrate the approaches and methodologies used in their respective fields to study the region. Only CAMES MA students may register in this course.

MEST 310 - Seminar in Early Islamic History (3 cr.)
A seminar that provides a social and intellectual introduction to approximately the first five hundred years of Arabic Islamic history, using a thematic rather than chronological approach.

MEST 311 - Special Topics in Medieval Islamic Cultural History (3 cr.)
A seminar that investigates topics within the cultural history of Islam during the medieval period using a historiographical rather than a historical approach.In recent years, the following topics have been taught under this course title:
- MEST 311A Early Islam: People, Places and Problems
- MEST 311B Approaches to the Quran
- MEST 311C Islam: Law, History

MEST 315 - Special Topics in Modern Middle Eastern Social and Political History (3 cr.)
The purpose of this seminar is to investigate topics within society and politics in the modern Arab Middle East. In recent years, the following topics have been taught under this course title:
- MEST 315A Building Cities and Nations
- MEST 315B Readings in Contemporary Arabic Political Writing
- MEST 315C Iran 1800-1979
- MEST 315E Oral History: Migration and Identity
- MEST 315F The Palestinians in Lebanon
- MEST 315G Political Economy of the Middle East
- MEST 315H Civil War Leb.1975-1990
- MEST 315I Sectarianism and Secularism in Lebanon
- MEST 315J Theories of Colonialism and Post-Colonialism
- MEST 315K The Palestinians in Lebanon: Oral History Approaches
- MEST 315L Gender and the Arab Muslim World: Oral History Approaches
- MEST 315M History of the Modern Middle East
- MEST 315N The Making of Modern Jordan
- MEST 315O Imperialism and Colonialism in the Modern Middle East
- MEST 315P Displacement, Migration and Identity in the Arab East: Oral History as a Research Method
- MEST 315Q Occidentalism: The View from the East
- MEST 315R Occidentalism: Post-WWI

MEST 316 - Special Topics in Modern Arabic Cultural and Intellectual History (3 cr.)
The purpose of this seminar is to investigate intellectual life in the Arab Middle East from the Nahda (Literary Renaissance) of the mid-Nineteenth century until the present day. In recent years, the following topics have been taught under this course title:
- MEST 316A The Nahda in the 19th and 20th Centuries
- MEST 316B Contemporary Arab Political Thought
- MEST 316C Culture and Politics in the Middle East
- MEST 316D Contemporary Art in the Middle East
- MEST 316E Orientalism
- MEST 316F Ideology and Violence
- MEST 316G A the Limits of Postcolonial Theory: Rethinking Orientalism and Arab Modernity
- MEST 316H History and Memory

MEST 317 - Special Topics in Contemporary Middle Eastern Politics
The purpose of this seminar is to investigate topics in politics in the contemporary Arab Middle East. In recent years, the following topics have been taught under this course title:
- MEST 317A Social Reform in the Arab World: NGOs and the Politics of Meaning Making
- MEST 317B Elites in Arab Society
- MEST 317C Anthropology of Development in the Arab World
- MEST 317D Arab Revolutions
- MEST 317E Elites in Arab Society
- MEST 317F Agrarian Change and the Social Foundations of the Arab State
- MEST 317G Democracy and Contemporary Islamic Political Thought
- MEST 317H Revolution and State Formation in the Modern Middle East
- MEST 317I Arab Monarchies
- MEST 317J Nations and Nationalism in the Middle East
- MEST 317K Arab Uprisings and Development
- MEST 317L State Formation and Social Movements in the Modern Middle East
- MEST 317M The United States in the Middle East
- MEST 317N Government and Politics in Lebanon
- MEST 317O Economic Development

MEST 318 - Special Topics in Contemporary Middle Eastern Society
The purpose of this seminar is to investigate topics in society in the contemporary Arab Middle East. In recent years, the following topics have been taught under this course title:
- MEST 318A Contemporary Issues in Social Anthropology of the Arab World
- MEST 318B Arab World Ethnographies
- MEST 318C Anthropology of Youth in Arab World
- MEST 318D Middle Eastern Culture and Society

MEST 302 / 303 / 305 - Graduate Tutorial (3 cr. each)
With permission from CAMES, students may take a graduate tutorial on a topic to be agreed upon with the professor.

MEST 321/322 - Arabic as a Foreign Language I and II (3 cr. each)
A thorough course in Modern Standard Arabic, with emphasis on the vocabulary of modern literature, the press and current affairs. Grammar and structure taught enable the students to read, understand and translate, from and into Arabic, within a tightly controlled syntactical milieu. A placement exam and consent of the instructor are required for registration in these courses. 

MEST 323/324 - Arabic as a Foreign Language III and IV (3 cr. each)
A continuation of the approach begun in MEST 321 and 322. A placement exam and consent of the instructor are required for registration in these courses.

MEST 325/326 - Arabic as a Foreign Language V and VI (3 cr. each)
The main goal for this level is to reach a superior level of proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic. Reading texts contain options, hypotheses and intellectual discussions, in addition to selections from classical Arabic literature. Grammar consists of largely details, such as full conjugation of "irregular" verb classes and fine points of complex sentence structure. Instruction is totally in Arabic. A placement exam and consent of the instructor are required for registration in these courses. 

MEST 327/328 - Arabic as a Foreign Language VII and VIII (3 cr. each)
The main goal of this level is to move from a Superior level of proficiency towards fluency. Texts used for this level are a mixture from a variety of literary and non-literary genres. All four language skills will be focused on: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Greater attention will be paid to precision in the use of grammar both in speaking and writing and upon correct sentence structure and syntax.

MEST 340/240 - Introduction to Lebanese Arabic (3 cr.)
This course is for non-native speakers of Arabic only. The course builds proficiency in Lebanese Arabic through the introduction of the grammatical features of the Lebanese dialect and the practice of interactive functional skills, including listening comprehension, conversation tasks, and vocabulary building. A placement interview and consent of the instructor are required for registration in this course.

MEST 341/241 - Intermediate Lebanese Arabic (3 cr.)
This course is for foreign speakers of Arabic only. Intermediate Lebanese Arabic is a continuation of Introduction to Lebanese Arabic. The course emphasizes the further development of conversational skills in Lebanese Arabic, and will therefore target primarily speaking and listening skills. This course concentrates on increasing students' vocabulary and command of syntax enabling students to reach a higher level of fluency. Knowledge of the Arabic alphabet is required for registration in this course. A placement interview and consent of the instructor are required for registration in this course.

MEST 342/242 - Advanced Lebanese Arabic
This course is designed to meet the needs and expectations of non-native young adults and adults who are seeking to develop a comfortable level of proficiency in a variety of complicated communicative tasks and social situations. It focuses on spoken rather than written Arabic, and will therefore target primarily the oral/aural skills; speaking and listening. Knowledge of the Arabic alphabet is required for registration in this course. A placement interview and consent of the instructor are required for registration in this course.

MEST 389 - M.A. Project

MEST 399 - M.A. Thesis

Other courses
In addition to the CAMES courses above, students choose the remainder of their courses from any of the following departments: History and Archaeology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arabic and Near Eastern Languages, Political Studies and Public Administration, and Economics. You may check the
online catalogue for courses in these departments.

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