Major Concentration World Islamic & Middle East Studies (36 credits)

Offered by: Islamic Studies     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

World Islamic and Middle East Studies is an interdisciplinary program focusing on Muslim cultures and societies both past and present. Recognizing the variety of approaches within Islam, its global reach, but also its regional specificities, and that of the Middle East in particular, the program aims at providing students with training in the textual traditions and social life of Muslims across different times and places.

For information about instructors and course descriptions, visit the program’s website at http://www.mcgill.ca/islamicstudies/.

Complementary Courses (36 credits)

12-15 credits (2 levels) in one language: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, or Urdu. In the case of Arabic, the first two levels involve 15 credits. The extra 3 credits will be counted toward the remainder of the complementary courses requirement.

21-24 credits (21 if Introductory Arabic has been chosen), of complementary courses selected from the World Islamic and Middle East Studies course lists as follows:

3 credits of 100-/200-level non-language ISLA courses;

6 credits of 300-level non-language ISLA courses;

6 credits of 400-/500-level non-language ISLA courses;

6-9 credits at any level, including more language courses, but no more than 6 credits overall at the 100/200 level. Students might fulfill these credits by taking complementary courses from other departments listed as relevant to the program.

Languages (12-15 credits)

Arabic

  • ISLA 521D1 Introductory Arabic (4.5 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Modern Standard Arabic. Focus on the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, with an emphasis on the functional use of the language.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Hala Jawlakh, David Nancekivell (Fall)

    • Fall and Winter

    • 5 lecture hours and laboratory

    • Prerequisite: Placement Test or permission of instructor

    • Students must register for both ISLA 521D1 and ISLA 521D2.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 521D1 and ISLA 521D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • ISLA 521D2 Introductory Arabic (4.5 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : See ISLA 521D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Hala Jawlakh, David Nancekivell (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 521D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 521D1 and ISLA 521D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • ISLA 522 Lower Intermediate Arabic (6 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The course brings students to the intermediate level, using authentic materials and emphasizing reading and grammar analysis more than the introductory level. It uses the communicative approach, stressing active participation in class discussions. It focuses on writing skills and developing vocabulary. Students should speak Arabic at all times.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Shokry Gohar, Hala Jawlakh, David Nancekivell (Fall) Shokry Gohar, Hala Jawlakh, David Nancekivell (Winter)

    • Summer

    • 3 hours and laboratory

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 521D1/D2 or equivalent, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.

  • ISLA 522D1 Lower Intermediate Arabic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The course brings students to the intermediate level, using authentic materials and emphasizing reading and grammar analysis more than the introductory level. It uses the communicative approach, stressing active participation in class discussions. It focuses on writing skills and developing vocabulary. Students should speak Arabic at all times.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Shokry Gohar, Hala Jawlakh, David Nancekivell (Fall)

  • ISLA 522D2 Lower Intermediate Arabic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The course brings students to the intermediate level, using authentic materials and emphasizing reading and grammar analysis more than the introductory level. It uses the communicative approach, stressing active participation in class discussions. It focuses on writing skills and developing vocabulary. Students should speak Arabic at all times.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Shokry Gohar, Hala Jawlakh, David Nancekivell (Winter)

  • ISLA 523D1 Higher Intermediate Arabic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Uses authentic materials to bring students to the higher intermediate level. Uses the communicative approach and emphasizes writing and reading analysis more than the previous level. Students are taught to produce more precise and coherent articles and develop a solid vocabulary and repertoire of common phrases. Classes are in Arabic.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: David Nancekivell, Shokry Gohar (Fall)

    • Fall and Winter

    • 3 hours and laboratory

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 522D1/D2 or equivalent, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.

    • Students must register for both ISLA 523D1 and ISLA 523D2.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 523D1 and ISLA 523D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • ISLA 523D2 Higher Intermediate Arabic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Uses authentic materials to bring students to the higher intermediate level. Uses the communicative approach and emphasizes writing and reading analysis more than the previous level. Students are taught to produce more precise and coherent articles and develop a solid vocabulary and repertoire of common phrases. Classes are in Arabic.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Shokry Gohar, David Nancekivell, Robert Wisnovsky (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 523D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 523D1 and ISLA 523D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • ISLA 524 Advanced Arabic 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Advanced level of the Arabic language study.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Shokry Gohar (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 523D1/D2, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ISLA 624 or ISLA 624D1/2.

    • Note: Language of instruction is Arabic.

  • ISLA 525 Advanced Arabic 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Advanced level of the Arabic language study.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 524 or ISLA 624, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ISLA 624D1/2 or ISLA 625.

    • Note: Language of instruction is Arabic.

Persian

  • ISLA 541D1 Introductory Persian (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : This course starts with an intensive focus on Persian alphabet and corresponding sounds and rules to combine them in writing and in pronunciation, followed by basic vocabulary and grammatical structures needed to communicate in simple dialogues, to read simple texts, and to write simple paragraphs. Colloquial Persian is also introduced through simple dialogues. The dialogues, example sentences, reading texts, and photo captions are all presented through Persian culture and literature. The objective is to introduce basic principles of Persian grammar and a range of vocabulary to facilitate reading and writing simple texts in Persian. Taught in Persian and English.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (Fall)

    • Fall and Winter

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisite: Placement Test or permission of instructor

    • Students must register for both ISLA 541D1 and ISLA 541D2.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 541D1 and ISLA 541D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • ISLA 541D2 Introductory Persian (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : This course starts with an intensive focus on Persian alphabet and corresponding sounds and rules to combine them in writing and in pronunciation, followed by basic vocabulary and grammatical structures needed to communicate in simple dialogues, to read simple texts, and to write simple paragraphs. Colloquial Persian is also introduced through simple dialogues. The dialogues, example sentences, reading texts, and photo captions are all presented through Persian culture and literature. The objective is to introduce basic principles of Persian grammar and a range of vocabulary to facilitate reading and writing simple texts in Persian. Taught in Persian and English.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 541D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 541D1 and ISLA 541D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • ISLA 542D1 Lower Intermediate Persian (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : This course contains various genres of texts. Since Persian language and Persian literature are closely tied, different modern and classical prose and poetry are presented throughout the course. In addition, morphological, semantic and syntactic complexities of the Persian language will be addressed. The objective is to cover a wide variety of classical and modern Persian texts both in prose and poetry to facilitate reading, writing, understanding and speaking about a variety of literary, historical, cultural and journalistic topics in Persian. This course is mainly in Persian.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (Fall)

    • Fall and Winter

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 541D1/D2 or equivalent, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.

    • Students must register for both ISLA 542D1 and ISLA 542D2.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 542D1 and ISLA 542D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • ISLA 542D2 Lower Intermediate Persian (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : This course contains various genres of texts. Since Persian language and Persian literature are closely tied, different modern and classical prose and poetry are presented throughout the course. In addition, morphological, semantic and syntactic complexities of the Persian language will be addressed. The objective is to cover a wide variety of classical and modern Persian texts both in prose and poetry to facilitate reading, writing, understanding and speaking about a variety of literary, historical, cultural and journalistic topics in Persian. This course is mainly in Persian.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 542D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 542D1 and ISLA 542D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • ISLA 543 Upper Intermediate Persian 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : This course is mainly on media Persian, especially news excerpts from newspapers printed in Iran. In addition to the news terminology, other complex expressions used throughout the news articles are discussed. The objective is to present a vast scope of vocabulary and news terminology, as well as different ways of paraphrasing to facilitate reading and translating complex texts from Persian to English and English to Persian. In addition to the media texts, there are weekly translation workshops in class on a variety of literary genres. This course is solely in Persian.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 542D1/D2, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ISLA 642 or ISLA 643D1/D2.

    • Note: Language of instruction is Persian.

  • ISLA 544 Upper Intermediate Persian 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : This course addresses a variety of text genres, including but not limited to newspapers, classical literature prose, and modern literature prose. In addition, there are in-class translation workshops once a week, where an unseen text is translated from English to Persian or Persian to English.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 543 or ISLA 642, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ISLA 643 or ISLA 643D1/2.

    • Note: Language of instruction is Persian.

  • ISLA 545 Advanced Persian 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Advanced level of Persian language study.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 544 or ISLA 643, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ISLA 644 or ISLA 644D1/2.

    • Note: Language of instruction is Persian.

  • ISLA 546 Advanced Persian 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Advanced level of Persian language study.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 545 or ISLA 644, Placement Test, or permission of instructor.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ISLA 644D1/2 or ISLA 645.

    • Note: Language of instruction is Persian.

Turkish

Urdu

  • ISLA 551D1 Introductory Urdu-Hindi (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Introduction to Urdu-Hindi language including pronunciation and reading and writing of either Urdu or Hindi script, speaking and comprehension of basic sentences, commands, statements in the present tense.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Sabeena Shaikh, Mohamad Khan (Fall)

    • Fall and Winter

    • 3 hours

    • Students must register for both ISLA 551D1 and ISLA 551D2.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 551D1 and ISLA 551D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • ISLA 551D2 Introductory Urdu-Hindi (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Introduction to Urdu-Hindi language including pronunciation and reading and writing of either Urdu or Hindi script, speaking and comprehension of basic sentences, commands, statements in the present tense.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Aqsa Ijaz, Mohamad Khan, Ashutosh Kumar (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 551D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 551D1 and ISLA 551D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • ISLA 552D1 Intermediate Urdu-Hindi (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Assuming a knowledge of basic grammar and vocabulary, this course continues with the study of more complex grammatical structures including the subjunctive, future, and past tenses. Reading and composition exercises in Urdu or Hindi scripts are designed to give intermediate competency in the language.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Mohamad Khan (Fall)

  • ISLA 552D2 Intermediate Urdu-Hindi (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Assuming a knowledge of basic grammar and vocabulary, this course continues with the study of more complex grammatical structures including the subjunctive, future, and past tenses. Reading and composition exercises in Urdu or Hindi scripts are designed to give intermediate competency in the language.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Mohamad Khan (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 552D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ISLA 552D1 and ISLA 552D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • ISLA 553 Advanced Urdu 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • ISLA 554 Advanced Urdu 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

ISLA 100-/200-Level

3 credits from:

  • ISLA 199 FYS: Narrations of the Middle East (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : An introduction to competing narratives about crucial moments in the history and culture of the Middle East. Reading and discussion of texts drawn from a variety of perspectives and genres, including historical accounts, poetry, fiction, memoir and others.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Restriction(s): Only open to newly-admitted students in U0 or U1, who may take only one FYS.

    • Note: Enrollment limit 25. Students who register for more than one FYS will be obliged to withdraw from all but one of them.

    • Note: Language of instruction is English.

  • ISLA 200 Islamic Civilization (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : An introduction to, and survey of, the religious, literary, artistic, legal, philosophical and scientific traditions that constituted Islamic civilization from the 7th Century until the mid-19th Century.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Ahmed Ibrahim (Winter)

    • Fall

    • Note: All readings are in English.

  • ISLA 210 Muslim Societies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : An introduction to the different, often disparate, ways in which Muslims live and think in the modern world (19th-21st centuries). Muslim social contexts across the globe and cyberspace.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Malek Abisaab (Fall)

    • Winter

ISLA 300-Level

6 credits from:

  • ISLA 310 Women in Islam (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The socio-legal status, conditions, and experiences of various groups of women in Middle Eastern societies. These features are explored within the framework of Islamic feminism and Western feminist discourses, and the tensions and conflicts between them. The dynamics of seclusion, veiling, and polygamy are explored in connection to Medieval Arab ruling elites as a background to some of the discussions and debates over the status of women in modern postcolonial Arab society. Socio-economic divisions, state policies, patriarchy, and colonialism are investigated as key factors in understanding the modern historical transformation of gendered relations and women's roles.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • ISLA 320 Art of Islam (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : This course will focus on visual culture of the Islamic world from the origins of the Muslim faith to the present. We will study a variety of objects across a wide range of media, from well-known and significant buildings, lavish illustrated manuscripts, and courtly objects to everyday textiles and contemporary film.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • ISLA 325 Introduction to Shi'i Islam (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Developments in doctrines, legal school, rituals and political thought of Twelver Shi'ite Muslims during early and late medieval periods (centuries VII-XIII). The emergence of the earliest Shi'ite communities in Arabia, Yemen, Iraq and Iran stressing the relationship of the Shi'ite Imams and their religious scholars to the Sunnite Caliphates.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Rula Abisaab (Winter)

    • Winter

  • ISLA 330 Islamic Mysticism: Sufism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The varieties of "mystical" thought in Islam, primarily as seen in Sufism, its historical development and its place in Islamic culture. Analytical study of major authors, their writings and their central problems.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Mohamad Khan (Fall)

    • Prerequisite(s): ISLA 200 or permission of instructor.

  • ISLA 340 Islamic Law and Human Rights (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The impact of modernity on Islamic legal discourse and practice, with particular focus on hermeneutical approaches devised to create an overlapping consensus with liberal democracy. The counter discourse – popularly known as Salafism -- to which Islamic modernism gave rise will also be examined.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 200 or permission of instructor.

  • ISLA 345 Science and Civilization in Islam (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : History of scientific traditions and ideas in Islamic civilization, from the origins of Islam to the early modern period. Emphasis is on the derivation, development and transmissions of Islamic science, as well as on the assimilation and influence of science within Islamic culture.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Sajjad Nikfahm Khubravan, Fateme Savadi (Fall)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 200 or permission of the instructor.

    • Note: All readings are in English.

  • ISLA 350 From Tribe to Dynasty (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The political and intellectual developments shaping Arab and Persian societies from the rise of Islam in the 7th century until the early mid 8th century, including the major social changes, political revolts, religious schisms, and the consolidation of lasting cultural institutions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

  • ISLA 355 Modern History of the Middle East (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Assessment of the historical transformation of the modern Middle East concentrating on its internal socio-economic changes, as well as the colonial experience and encounters with the West since the early 19th century. Examination of the historical conditions that led to the rise of nationalism, the nation-state, the Arab-Israeli conflict.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 210 or permission of instructor.

  • ISLA 360 Islam and Politics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Assessment of the relationship between Islam and politics in the contemporary Middle East and Africa through various analytic themes, including political economy, social movement and gendered analysis.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 210 or permission of instructor.

  • ISLA 370 The Qur’an: History and Interpretation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : It examines the history of the codification of the text, its form, and modes of interpretation in both the modern and pre-modern periods. Presentation of different schools of Qur’anic exegesis, including traditional hermeneutical approaches, and modern approaches such as feminist interpretations of the Qur’ān.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite(s): ISLA 200 or permission of instructor

  • ISLA 380 Islamic Philosophy and Theology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : A survey of the most important philosophers and theologians in Islamic intellectual history, with a focus on the theories they articulated and the movements they engendered. The impact of European thought on 19th and 20th century Islamic intellectual history is also examined.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Muhammad Attar (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 200 or permission of instructor.

    • Note: Reading and discussion in English.

  • ISLA 383 Central Questions in Islamic Law (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : An integrative view of Islamic law in the past and present, including landmarks in Islamic legal history (e.g., sources of law; early formation; intellectual make-up; the workings of court; legal change; legal effects of colonialism; modernity and legal reform) and a structured definition of what it was/is.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Ahmed Ibrahim (Fall)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 200 or permission of instructor.

  • ISLA 385 Poetics & Politics in Arabic Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Major issues in classical and modern Arabic literature; how poetics and politics interact in classical and modern, popular folktales and high literature, novels and poetry. The politics of translation from Arabic into English.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Michelle Laura Hartman, Ralph Haddad (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 210 or permission of instructor.

    • Note: Reading and discussion in English.

  • ISLA 388 Persian Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Examination of literature produced in the Persian-speaking world from the mid 10th to the late 20th century C.E. A broad selection of texts (prose and poetry) will be studied in translation.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Prashant Keshavmurthy (Winter)

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 200 or permission of instructor.

    • Note: Readings in English.

  • ISLA 392 Arabic Literature as World Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Consideration of Arabic literature as part of world literature, including exploration of tensions between reading Arabic literature as local, discrete and self-contained and as part of larger global phenomena.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 210 or permission of instructor.

ISLA 400-/500-Level

6 credits from:

  • ISLA 410 History: Middle-East 1798-1918 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : A study of the Middle East from Napoleon's invasion of Egypt to the end of WWI. Emphasis will be on the emergence of nationalisms in the context of European imperialism; political, social, and economic transformation; religion and ideology; and changing patterns of alliances.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • 3 hours

  • ISLA 411 History: Middle-East 1918-1945 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The impact of WWI on Middle Eastern society and politics; the British and French mandates; the growth of nationalisms, revolutions and the formation of national states; WW II and the clash of political interests within the region.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Laila Parsons (Winter)

    • 3 hours

  • ISLA 415 Modern Iran: Anthropological Approach (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The modern history, social, and cultural anthropology of contemporary Iran.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 210 or permission of instructor.

  • ISLA 420 Indo-Islamic Civilization: Medieval (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The rise of Islam in South Asia in the 8th Century and its subsequent expansion; evolution of Indo-Islamic civilization and its apogee during Mughal rule up to 1707. Themes include state and religion; ruling institutions; political theory, Sufism and the process of conversion, as well as the formation of a composite culture.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Prashant Keshavmurthy (Fall)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 200 or permission of instructor.

  • ISLA 421 Islamic Culture - Indian Subcontinent (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Survey of Islamic culture (faith systems, literature, music, art) on the Indian subcontinent from the early modern period to the present, with a focus on conflict and relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, and between majority and minority Muslim groups.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • ISLA 430 Islamdom: Baghdad to Cordoba (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The course examines the major socio-political developments in Iraq, Persia, Syria, Egypt, North Africa and Spain from the 9th to the 13th Century. Emphasis is laid on the Umayyad Caliphate centered in Cordoba, and the 'Abbasid Caliphate centered in Baghdad, and the rise of important local dynasties leading up to the Mongol invasion. The course underscores the formation of Islamic cultures in distinct geographical settings and the transformation of religious life under new socio-economic conditions. It also explores shifting notions of civil society and orthodoxy.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • ISLA 488 Tales of Wonder-Islamic World (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Reading of literary masterpieces of Islamic world focused on three collections of marvelous tales in Arabic, Persian and Urdu: The Arabian Nights, the Shahnameh, and the Adventures of Amir Hamza. May include film screenings, visual art, viewing of rare materials.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Mohamad Khan (Winter)

    • Prerequisite(s): ISLA 200, ISLA 210, or permission of instructor.

    • Taught in translation.

  • ISLA 502 Art in the Age of Empires (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : This course offers a wide-ranging survey of visual culture under the three Muslim superpowers of the early modern period: the Mediterranean-based Ottomans, the Safavids of Iran, and the Mughals of India. The course will examine the nature of these states and their distinctive and vibrant artistic idiom on a comparative basis. Topics include the formation of imperial ideology and its visual articulation; palaces and court culture; artistic organization, authorship, and agency; patronage, gender, piety, as well as cross-cultural interaction.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite(s): ISLA 320 or permission of instructor.

  • ISLA 505 Islam: Origin and Early Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The Qur'an, Hadith, the Shari'a and their major themes. The early development of law, theology and Sufism. The development and formation of an Islamic "orthodoxy", the development and nature of competing interpretations of Islam during the Classical Period. Topics: God, revelation, prophecy, the community and the individual and the meaning of history.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Ahmed Ibrahim (Fall)

    • 3 hours

  • ISLA 506 Islam: Later Developments (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : How the basic elements of Islam have been understood in the course of later Islamic history up to the present day. The nature and development of Shi'ism, Sufi brotherhoods, major intellectual trends, Islam in a world of nation states, diaspora. The challenges of modernity and the contemporary world.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • 3 hours

  • ISLA 512 Art of the Ottoman Empire (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : This course examines artistic production of the large and long-lived empire of the Ottomans. Focusing on key monuments of art and architecture, discussion will revolve around issues relating to imperial identity, patronage, court-culture, and cross-cultural exchange.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite(s): ISLA 320 or permission of instructor.

  • ISLA 515 The Medieval School in Islam (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Schooling in medieval Islamic society particularly in Iraq, Greater Syria, Persia, and Egypt. Sheds light on the structure of learning, aims of education, the life of students including women, and their relationship to their teachers. Illuminates forms of academic evaluation, and looks closely at the "scholarly license" as an accrediting tool delineating its function and scope. Through a set of representative studies on the medieval school, it brings attention to the heated debates surrounding the academic rigor of this form of learning, and the place of scientific learning in it, as well as the historical connection between it and the early European college.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Rula Abisaab (Winter)

  • ISLA 516 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : The historical circumstances surrounding the Crusades against Muslims in Greater Syria and Egypt. The socio-economic, political, and cultural transformation of Muslim society following the destruction of the Abbasid Caliphate, and the rise of the Ikl-Khanid Mongols in Iran and Iraq, as well as the Mamluks in Syria and Egypt. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of new Persian, Turkish, and Indian populations into Islamic imperial culture.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • ISLA 555 Urdu Poetry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Interpretation of Urdu poetry for students with intermediate to advanced-level knowledge of Urdu-Hindi language. Includes advanced grammar topics, cultural and historical background, and interpretation and analysis.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite(s): ISLA 552D1/D2 or permission of the instructor.

  • ISLA 585 Arab Women's Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Islamic Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Islamic Studies : Explorations of writings by Arab women. Issues include: translation/reception, gender and genre, categories of knowledge about Arab women, feminist and post-colonial theories/methodologies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: ISLA 392 or permission of instructor.

    • Note: Readings in English translation.

6-9 credits at any level, including ISLA 499, or more language courses (from the language lists above), but no more than 6 credits overall at the 100/200 level. Students might fulfill these credits by taking complementary courses from other departments listed as relevant to the program.

Non-ISLA Courses

  • ANTH 327 Anthropology of South Asia (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Anthropology : An introduction to anthropological research in India and greater South Asia. Topics include politics, caste, class, religion, gender and sexuality, development and globalization.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Katherine Lemons, Abdul Majeed Ottakandathil Puthen Peedikayil (Fall)

  • ANTH 340 Middle Eastern Society and Culture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Anthropology : Exploration of daily life, culture and society in the Middle East, through examination of ethnographic accounts.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • HIST 240 Modern History of Islamic Movements (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Islamic revival in the Middle East which led to the rise of different versions of Islamic traditions and beliefs. Emphasis on the nature and character of leading nationalist and Islamic movements and their ideologues since the late 19th century.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Malek Abisaab (Fall)

  • HIST 339 Arab-Israeli Conflict (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : The political, military, and diplomatic history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, with a focus on a number of historiographical debates over specific issues, such as the 1948 and 1967 wars, and the failures of the various peace initiatives.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Restriction: Open to U2 or U3 students only or permission of instructor.

  • HIST 341 Themes in South Asian History (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Exploration of a theme in the history of South Asia.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Subho Basu (Fall) Subho Basu (Winter)

    • Themes may vary from year to year.

  • HIST 435 Topics in South Asian History (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : In-depth discussion and research on a topic in the history of South Asia.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Subho Basu (Fall)

  • HIST 448 Women, Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : A focus on women in the history of the late-19th- and 20th-Century Middle East, and on the ways in which gender analysis and sexuality illuminate the history of national and religious communities. Topics such as: education, masculinity, sexuality, Western representations of Middle Eastern women, and gender and the nation.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: A course on women, gender or sexuality or permission of instructor.

  • HIST 591D1 Modern Middle East History (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Topics in the history of the modern Middle East.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Laila Parsons (Fall)

    • Prerequisite(s): HIST 240 or HIST 339 or HIST 340 or HIST 448 or permission of instructor.

    • Students must register for both HIST 591D1 and HIST 591D2. No credit will be given for this course unless both HIST 591D1 and HIST 591D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.

    • Restriction(s): Open only to history honours and graduate students or advanced students who have permission of instructor.

  • HIST 591D2 Modern Middle East History (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Topics in the history of the modern Middle East.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Laila Parsons (Winter)

    • Prerequisite(s): HIST 240 or HIST 339 or HIST 340 or HIST 448 or permission of instructor.

    • Students must register for both HIST 591D1 and HIST 591D2. No credit will be given for this course unless both HIST 591D1 and HIST 591D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.

    • Restriction(s): Open only to history honours and graduate students or advanced students who have permission of instructor.

  • JWST 220D1 Introductory Hebrew (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Language acquisition - introductory Hebrew.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Lea Fima, Rina Michaeli (Fall)

  • JWST 220D2 Introductory Hebrew (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : See JWST 220D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Lea Fima, Rina Michaeli (Winter)

  • JWST 261 History of Jewish Philosophy & Thought (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : An introduction to Jewish philosophy and thought from the Hellenistic period (Philo) to the beginning of the modern era (Spinoza) focusing on topics such as prophecy and philosophy, God and the world; the Law as a canon of ethical rules and as a political constitution. Survey of the treatment of such issues by Jewish thinkers from Philo to Maimonides.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Lawrence Kaplan (Winter)

  • JWST 320D1 Intermediate Hebrew (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : This course is designed to integrate students at various levels into one group with the aim of improving their basic language skills and preparing them for advanced Hebrew.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Rina Michaeli (Fall)

  • JWST 320D2 Intermediate Hebrew (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : See JWST 320D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Rina Michaeli (Winter)

  • JWST 323 The Israeli Novel (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : In-depth examination of selected Israeli novels written during the past fifty years of national formation and consolidation. Authors may include Agnon, Yehoshua, Oz, Shabtai, Shalev and others.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • JWST 338 Jewish Philosophy and Thought 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Focuses on either a period, a current of thought or the work of a thinker in the history of Jewish thought from the Middle Ages to Modern Times, paying particular attention to the relationship of Jewish thinkers to intellectual trends in their respective cultural contexts. themes and concerns of Jewish theology and on Jewish responses to contemporary trends in European thought.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Lawrence Kaplan (Winter)

    • Winter

  • JWST 340D1 Advanced Hebrew (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Language acquisition - advanced Hebrew.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Lea Fima (Fall)

  • JWST 340D2 Advanced Hebrew (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : See JWST 340D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Lea Fima (Winter)

  • JWST 366 History of Zionism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : An examination of the development of the Zionist idea, the most influential expression of modern Jewish nationalism, which led to the creation of the Jewish state. The transformation of elements of traditional Jewish messianism into a modern political ideology. Hibbat Zion, Political Zionism, Cultural and Synthetic Zionism will be discussed.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Daniel Heller (Fall)

  • JWST 367 Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : A post-advanced study of Hebrew language through an encounter with Israeli film, music and art as well as academic, journalistic, literary, and dramatic texts (all materials are in Hebrew).

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Lea Fima (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite: JWST 340 or permission of instructor

  • JWST 368 Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : A post-advanced study of Hebrew language through an encounter with Israeli film, music and art as well as academic, journalistic, literary, and dramatic texts (all materials are in Hebrew).

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Lea Fima (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: JWST 340 or permission of instructor

  • JWST 369 Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : A post-advanced study of Hebrew language through an encounter with Israeli film, music and art as well as academic, journalistic, literary, and dramatic texts (all materials are in Hebrew).

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite: JWST 340 or permission of instructor

  • JWST 370 Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture 4 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : A post-advanced study of Hebrew language through an encounter with Israeli film, music and art as well as academic, journalistic, literary, and dramatic texts (all materials are in Hebrew).

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: JWST 340 or permission of instructor

  • JWST 562 Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Deals with the manifold points of contact between medieval Muslim and Jewish intellectual history. Muslim and Jewish philosophers, theologians and mystics belonged to the same currents of thought, used the same language and studied the same sources in translation, proposing similar answers to questions that arose in the context of their respective religious traditions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: one course in Greek, Islamic or Jewish Philosophy, or permission of instructor.

  • PHIL 356 Early Medieval Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of selected works in the Christian, Islamic and Jewish traditions. Topics in moral and political philosophy, logic and metaphysics, philosophical psychology and epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophical theology may be discussed.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • POLI 340 Developing Areas/Middle East (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : An examination of the societies, political forces and regimes of selected countries of the Eastern Arab world (Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia).

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Rex J Brynen (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: A basic course in Comparative Politics or a course on the region or written permission of the instructor

    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developing Areas.

  • POLI 341 Foreign Policy: The Middle East (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : An examination of the changing regional security environment and the evolving foreign policies and relationships of Arab states in three areas - relations with non-Arab regional powers (Israel, Iran), inter-Arab relations, Great Power relations. The course will focus particularly on Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: A 200- or 300- level course in International Relations or Middle East politics or permission of the instructor

    • Note: The field is International Politics.

  • POLI 347 Arab-Israel Conflict, Crisis, Peace (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : Concepts - protracted conflict, crisis, war, peace; system, subsystem; Conflict-levels of analysis; historical context; images and issues; attitudes, policies, role of major powers; Crises-Wars - configuration of power; crisis models; decision-making in 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982 crisis-wars; conflict- crisis management; Peace-Making - pre-1977; Egypt-Israel peace treaty; Madrid, Oslo, Israel-Jordan peace; prospects for conflict resolution.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: 160-243 prior to 1997-98; or POLI 244

    • Note: The field is International Politics.

  • POLI 437 Politics in Israel (3 credits)

    Offered by: Political Science (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Political Science : An analysis of the nature and development of the Israeli political system, including historical background, Zionist ideology, the electoral system, the political parties, the institutions of government, constitutional issues, and religion and politics. The relationship between domestic politics and foreign policy will also be explored.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Harold M Waller (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: POLI 211 or POLI 212. Recommended JWST 366

    • Note: The area in the field of Comparative Politics is Developed Areas.

  • RELG 204 Judaism, Christianity and Islam (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An introduction to the beliefs, practices, and religious institutions of these three world religions.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Jonathan Waind, Mohammad Miraly, Eric Caplan (Winter)

    • Winter

  • RELG 208 World Religions and Cultures They Create (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The course explores multiple links between a wide range of religions and the cultural landscapes that nourish them and are shaped by them. It does so through a voyage across time that explores the mutual entanglements of selected religions and cultures originating and thriving in varied regional contexts, including Montreal. Course goals include highlighting the significance of religions for everyday culture, rituals of the body, religious responses to the environment as well as artistic expression and literary cultivation.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Armando Salvatore (Fall)

  • RELG 256 Women in Judaism and Islam (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The role of women in Judaism and Islam from the point of view of institutionalized religious traditions and of women's religious subjectivity; how women's spiritual and social roles within their religious traditions are shaped by Revealed Law, Holy Text and the Authority of Interpretation. Comparative sociology of religion approach.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Summer

  • RELG 307 Bible, Quran & Interpretations (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Jewish, Christian and Muslim scriptures as responses to earlier sacred texts and in the light of post-scriptural interpretations. The debates, polemics, interpretative strategies, and intellectual and spiritual sharing produced by these three religions in accepting, explaining, amplifying, modifying, and selectively rejecting their and other sacred scriptures.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Winter

  • RELG 573 Religions in Global Society (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : This seminar is devoted to the study of a plurality of often intersecting religious traditions in a globalizing world, based on interdisciplinary scholarship drawing from history, sociology, anthropology and archaeology. It starts from locating religious phenomena within intersecting social, cultural and political fabrics around the world. It articulates the relation between a multi-faith appreciation of the role of religions in a variety of societies and the emergence of diverse patterns of secularity in them. It facilitates a rich understanding of a complex past to shed light on the new challenges of globalization, including the opening of horizons of postsecular understandings and arrangements.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Armando Salvatore (Winter)

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