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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2006

MES 322K • Middle East and North Africa

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42865 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
EPS 10128

Course Description

The course will focus on how the Middle East is discussed in anthropological literature. The class will use the categories of religion, gender, ethnicity and politics, among others, to examine the complexity of everyday life in the region. Further, the readings will help students analyze how historically orientalist perceptions of the Middle East continue to inform contemporary representations of diverse and complex societies. The course will enable the students to understand and appreciate the histories and contemporary life of Arabic and Non Arabic speaking populations that inhabit the Middle East.

This course contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing.

Grading Policy

3 papers (7-10 pages each) map reading assignment attendance class participation


Mitchell, Timothy, 1988 Colonising Egypt. Cambridge University Press. Abu Lughod, Lila, 1998 Remaking Women. Princeton University Press. Hourani, Albert., 1991 A History of the Arab People. Harvard University Press. Burke, Edmund III, 1993 Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East. University of California Press. Messick, Brinkley, 1993 The Calligraphic State. University of California Press.


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