Arab Studies Minor; Middle East/South Asia Studies

(College of Letters and Science)

Smriti Srinivas, Ph.D., Program Director

Program Office. 155 Kerr Hall; 530-754-4926; http://mesa.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://mesa.ucdavis.edu/directory-of-people/affiliated-faculty

The minor in Arab Studies covers an area of utmost historical, cultural, economic and geopolitical significance. Several key contemporary issues make the region as a whole a focus of interest for scholarly study. The Arab Studies minor is an interdisciplinary minor open to undergraduates in all four colleges.

Minor Advisor. Consult the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program in 155 Kerr Hall 530-754-4926 or the Middle East/South Asia Studies website at http://mesa.ucdavis.edu.


Arab Studies
Units: 20-24
MSA 100
Middle East and South Asia: Comparative Perspectives (Active)
4
MSA 180
Topics in Middle East and South Asian Studies (Active)
4
Choose one:
4
HIS 193A
History of the Modern Middle East, 1750-1914 (Active)
4
HIS 193B
History of the Modern Middle East, From 1914 (Active)
4
Choose one:
4
MSA 181C
Topics in Regional ME/SA Studies: Arab Studies (Active)
4
MSA 182C
Undergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia: Arab Studies Seminar (Active)
4
Choose additional electives from the Core Course list:
4-8
Core Course List:
 
MSA 111A
Great Cities of Arab Middle East and South Asia (Active)
4
MSA 121A
Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings (Active)
4
or
ARB 140
A Story for a Life: The Arabian Nights (Active)
4
MSA 122A
Themes in the Arabic Novel (Active)
4
MSA 150
Women and Islamic Discourses (Active)
4
or
WMS 185
Women and Islamic Discourses (Active)
4
MSA 181C
Topics in Regional ME/SA Studies: Arab Studies (Active)
4
MSA 182C
Undergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia: Arab Studies Seminar (Active)
4
ANT 142
Peoples of the Middle East (Active)
4
ARB 001
Elementary Arabic 1 (Active)
5
or
ARB 001A
Accelerated Intensive Elementary Arabic (Active)
15
ARB 002
Elementary Arabic 2 (Active)
5
ARB 003
Elementary Arabic 3 (Active)
5
ARB 021
Intermediate Arabic 21 (Active)
4
ARB 022
Intermediate Arabic 22 (Active)
4
ARB 023
Intermediate Arabic 23 (Active)
4
ARB 121
Advanced Arabic (Active)
4
ARB 122
Advanced Arabic (Active)
4
ARB 123
Advanced Arabic (Active)
4
ARB 198
Directed Group Study (Active)
1-5
AHI 155
The Islamic City (Active)
4
COM 053C
Literatures of the Islamic World (Active)
4
COM 155
Classical Literatures of the Islamic World 600-1900 (Active)
4
COM 166
Literatures of the Modern Middle East (Active)
4
HIS 006
Introduction to the Middle East (Active)
4
HIS 102R
Undergraduate Proseminar in History; Muslim Societies (Active)
5
HIS 112C
History of Jews in the Muslim World (Active)
4
HIS 115F
History of Modern North Africa, 1800 to the Present (Active)
4
HIS 190A
Middle Eastern History I: The Rise of Islam, 600-1000 (Active)
4
HIS 190B
Middle Eastern History II: The Age of the Crusades, 1001-1400 (Active)
4
HIS 190C
Middle Eastern History III: The Ottomans, 1401-1730 (Active)
4
HIS 193A
History of the Modern Middle East, 1750-1914 (Active)
4
HIS 193B
History of the Modern Middle East, From 1914 (Active)
4
POL 135
International Politics of the Middle East (Active)
4
POL 136
The Arab-Israeli Conflict (Active)
4
RST 060
Introduction to Islam (Active)
4
RST 065C
The Qur'an and Its Interpretation (Active)
4
RST 160
Introduction to Islamic Thought (Active)
4
RST 161
Modern Islam (Active)
4
RST 162
Introduction to Islamic Law (Active)
4
RST 163
Social Life of Islam (Active)
4
RST 167
Iraq (Active)
4
WMS 178A
Women Writers and the Transnational Imaginary; The Arab World (Active)
4
WMS 184
Gender in the Arab World (Active)
4
With prior consultation with an advisor, students can petition in advance the Program Committee to accept other elective courses toward the minor program if the content is 50% or more on the Arab World. Under no circumstances may more than one lower division course be offered in satisfaction of requirements for the minor.
 
With prior consultation with an advisor, students can petition in advance the Program Committee to accept more than four units of Middle East/South Asia 181C and/or Middle East/South Asia 182C towards the minor program.
 
Total: 20-24
Courses in MSA:
MSA 092ME/SA 92. Internship in Middle East/South Asia Studies (3-15) Active
Internship. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Work experience on and off campus in all subject areas offered as part of the ME/SA Studies program. Internship supervised by a member of the ME/SA faculty. May be repeated up to 15 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2007 Fall Quarter.
MSA 098Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable—3-15 hour(s). May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2006 Fall Quarter.
MSA 099Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2006 Fall Quarter.
MSA 100Middle East and South Asia: Comparative Perspectives (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Ethnographic and historical points of intersection and divergence in various aspects of the Middle East and South Asia in precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial societies. Anthropological, historical, and theoretical debates surrounding the region. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2004 Summer Session 1.
MSA 111AGreat Cities of Arab Middle East and South Asia (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Some knowledge of Islamic/Middle Eastern history is very useful. In-depth examination of the great cities of North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia as cultural and historical artifacts. Topics include: the concept of the Islamic city, processes of modernity, and representations that reinforce imagination, memory and personal identity. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
MSA 112History of South Asian Islam (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Comparative study of Muslim communities of South Asia. Commonalities in cultural identity and historical experience. Rise and spread of Islam, comparative history of Islamic Empires, colonial rule, and post-colonial nationalism. (Letter.) Effective: 2007 Fall Quarter.
MSA 121AShahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. In-depth analysis of the Persian Book of Kings (Shahnameh) by Abu al-Qasim Ferdowsi (d. 1020 CE) in its historical context with a comparative perspective on the role of this work in Persian and world literature. (Same course as COM 175.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
MSA 121CA Story for a Life: The Arabian Nights (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. In-depth exploration of The Arabian Nights, the best-known work of pre-modern Arabic literature and a major work of world literature. Analysis of the work in its historical context and in comparison to other frame tales in world literature. (Same course as COM 172 and ARB 140.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
MSA 122AThemes in the Arabic Novel (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Independent Study; Extensive Writing. Class size limited to 30 students. Select modern Arabic fiction (novels and short stories) in translation. Thematically connected readings supplemented by non-fictional writings when appropriate. May be repeated up to 2 Time(s) if the texts/theme of required course readings sufficiently change. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
MSA 131AModern Iranian Cinema (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing, or consent of instructor. Iranian cinema of the 20th century in the context of profound cultural and social changes in Iran especially since the Iranian Revolution. Productions by representative directors such as Kiarostami, Makhmalbaf, Bahram Beizaie are included. Knowledge of Persian not required. (Same course as CTS 146A.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
MSA 131BModern South Asia Cinema (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper-division standing or consent of instructor. South Asian cinema of last 100 years in the context of cultural, social, and political changes. South Asian history, Independence, Partition, urban life, class, migration, postcolonial identity, diaspora, gender, sexuality, religion, sport, performance, etc (Same course as CTS 146B and ANT 147.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
MSA 131CReligion and Media in Arab World (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Exploration of the role and experience of media technologies in the Arab world. Study of digital and electronic media as well as alternative media practices. Investigation of new trends in political activism and identity formation. (Same course as RST 166.) (Letter.) GE credit: OL, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
MSA 131DModern Turkish Cinema (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s); Film Viewing—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper-division standing or consent of instructor. Turkish cinema of the 20th & 21st century in the context of cultural, social, & political changes. Issues covered include history, nationalism, political dissent, identity, migration, diaspora, gender, sexuality, religion, and incorporate viewpoints of Kurdish & other minority members. (Same course as CTS 146D and HIS 193E.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
MSA 150Women and Islamic Discourses (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): WMS 050; Or comparable course. Introduction to the debates/discourses about women and Islam. Transformations in debates/discourses in colonial and postcolonial periods in the Middle East & South Asia. Comparative study of debates/discourses on family, work, law, sexuality, religion, comportment, human rights, feminist and religious movements. (Same course as WMS 185.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC. Effective: 2008 Fall Quarter.
MSA 151AIranian Society & Culture (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Term Paper; Discussion—1 hour(s). In-depth investigation of modern Iranian society and culture. Exploration of structures of Iranian society: family, gender, religion, minorities, economy, politics, and state. Iran’s role in the globalizing world, and the role of Iranian diasporas. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2013 Spring Quarter.
MSA 180Topics in Middle East and South Asian Studies (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Comparative perspective on the Middle East and South Asia. Topics may include: modernity, religious traditions, colonialism, subalternity and social movements, gender and sexuality, history and memory, science and development, ritual and performance, public culture, diasporas. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s) topic varies. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2004 Fall Quarter.
MSA 181ATopics in Regional ME/SA Studies (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Iran & Persian topics for students specializing in region-specific Middle East and South Asia Studies. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s). (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
MSA 181BTopics in Regional ME/SA Studies (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Indian/South Asia topics for students specializing in region-specific Middle East and South Asia Studies. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s). (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
MSA 181CTopics in Regional ME/SA Studies: Arab Studies (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Arab Studies topics. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s) when different topics and themes are studied. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
MSA 182AUndergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): MSA 100 recommended. Class size limited to 15 students. Seminar in Iran & Persian topics specializing in region-specific Middle East and South Asia studies. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s). (Letter.) Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
MSA 182BUndergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): MSA 100 recommended. Class size limited to 15 students. Seminar in India/South Asia topics specializing in region-specific Middle East and South Asia studies. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s) when different topics and themes are studied. (Letter.) Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
MSA 182CUndergraduate Proseminar in Middle East/South Asia: Arab Studies Seminar (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): MSA 100 recommended. Class size limited to 15 students. Seminar in Arab Studies topics. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s). (Letter.) GE credit: WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
MSA 192Internship (1-12) Active
Internship—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Supervised internship on and off campus in the area of Middle East and South Asia Studies. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
MSA 194HSpecial Study for Honors Students (1-5) Active
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Open only to majors of senior standing who qualify for honors program. Independent study of a problem in Middle East/South Asian studies involving the writing of an honors thesis. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s). (Letter.) Effective: 2009 Winter Quarter.
MSA 198Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
MSA 199Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.