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-1

(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-1

The Major Program

A study of the Middle East and South Asia as a whole allows students to explore a unique set of issues of both historical and contemporary importance. In order to guide students in comparative analysis, faculty help majors deepen their inquiries through coursework on antique, medieval, and early modern empires and political systems. Given the dynamism of modern cultural contexts, majors are invited to concentrate their studies on a wide range of variables including the evolution of states along with new understandings of citizenship, the rise and development of nationalist movements, political conflicts informed by religious majorities, the nuclearization of India and Pakistan, the growth of information societies and computer industries, the production of oil and its social and cultural legacies, labor migrations, urbanization, the emergence of sizeable middle classes, transnational literary movements using sophisticated media technologies, the expansion and intrusion of global security regimes into everyday life, and peace initiatives that shape struggles for justice across the world. Our program's focus on both the Middle East and South Asia is a pioneering achievement in the United States rivaled by only four other colleges or universities.

By the end of their studies, majors will have acquired an in-depth understanding of the common historical experience shared by many peoples in these regions, and of the legacies of culture, social exchange, power and empowerment across diverse settings. Students are also required to complete at least two years of training in a language appropriate to their area of expertise.

The major in Middle East/South Asia Studies at UC Davis offers a unique opportunity to study exchanges, complementarities, and correspondences in such fields as history, political economy, culture, literature and film, religion, family structures, gender relations, media, anthropology, law, international relations, development, diasporas, and urbanism. Students who complete our major will be well suited to embark on careers in non-governmental organizations, journalism and media industries, education and research, governmental service and diplomacy, and business.

Major 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.

Programs, Internships, and Career Alternatives. Many internship opportunities are available for the Middle East/South Asia Studies major and minor, consult with your advisor.

Middle East/South Asia Studies Abroad Program. University of California Education Abroad Program. More information can be found at http://eap.ucop.edu/ and http://summer-abroad.ucdavis.edu/.

Preparatory Subject Matter
Units: 8-38
HIS 006
Introduction to the Middle East (Active)
4
HIS 008
History of Indian Civilization (Active)
4
Two years (or the equivalent) of Arabic, Hebrew, or Hindi/Urdu (other Middle East/South Asia Studies regional languages accepted with petition).
30
ARB 001
Elementary Arabic 1 (Active)
5
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
HEB 001
Elementary Hebrew (Active)
5
HEB 002
Elementary Hebrew (Active)
5
HEB 003
Elementary Hebrew (Active)
5
HEB 021
Intermediate Modern Hebrew I (Active)
4
HEB 022
Intermediate Modern Hebrew II (Active)
4
HEB 023
Intermediate Modern Hebrew III (Active)
4
HIN 001
Elementary Hindi/Urdu I (Active)
5
HIN 002
Elementary Hindi/Urdu II (Active)
5
HIN 003
Elementary Hindi/Urdu III (Active)
5
HIN 021
Intermediate Hindi/Urdu I (Active)
4
HIN 022
Intermediate Hindi/Urdu II (Active)
4
HIN 023
Intermediate Hindi/Urdu III (Active)
4
Depth Subject Matter
Units: 40-42
MSA 100
Middle East and South Asia: Comparative Perspectives (Active)
4
MSA 180
Topics in Middle East and South Asian Studies (Active)
4
Choose two:
8
ANT 142
Peoples of the Middle East (Active)
4
COM 166
Literatures of the Modern Middle East (Active)
4
HIS 113
History of Modern Israel (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 160
Introduction to Islamic Thought (Active)
4
RST 162
Introduction to Islamic Law (Active)
4
WMS 184
Gender in the Arab World (Active)
4
Choose two:
8
ANT 145
Performance, Embodiment, and Space in South Asia (Active)
4
HIS 102Q
Undergraduate Proseminar in History; India (Active)
5
HIS 196A
Medieval India (Active)
4
HIS 196B
Modern India (Active)
4
RST 170
Buddhism (Active)
4
WMS 178B
Women Writers and the Transnational Imaginary; Asia (Active)
4
Additional Electives from Core Course List
16-18
ANT 142
Peoples of the Middle East (Active)
4
ANT 145
Performance, Embodiment, and Space in South Asia (Active)
4
ARB 001
Elementary Arabic 1 (Active)
5
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
AHI 001E
Islamic Art and Architecture (Active)
4
AHI 155
The Islamic City (Active)
4
ASA 150F
South Asian American History, Culture, & Politics (Active)
4
ASA 189E
Topics in Asian American Studies: Comparative Racial Studies (Active)
4
CLA 001
Ancient Near East and Early Greece: 3000-500 B.C.E. (Active)
4
COM 053B
Literature of South Asia (Active)
4
COM 053C
Literatures of the Islamic World (Active)
4
COM 166
Literatures of the Modern Middle East (Active)
4
HEB 001
Elementary Hebrew (Active)
5
HEB 002
Elementary Hebrew (Active)
5
HEB 003
Elementary Hebrew (Active)
5
HEB 021
Intermediate Modern Hebrew I (Active)
4
HEB 022
Intermediate Modern Hebrew II (Active)
4
HEB 023
Intermediate Modern Hebrew III (Active)
4
HIN 001
Elementary Hindi/Urdu I (Active)
5
HIN 002
Elementary Hindi/Urdu II (Active)
5
HIN 003
Elementary Hindi/Urdu III (Active)
5
HIN 021
Intermediate Hindi/Urdu I (Active)
4
HIN 022
Intermediate Hindi/Urdu II (Active)
4
HIN 023
Intermediate Hindi/Urdu III (Active)
4
HIS 102Q
Undergraduate Proseminar in History; India (Active)
5
HIS 102R
Undergraduate Proseminar in History; Muslim Societies (Active)
5
HIS 113
History of Modern Israel (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
HIS 196A
Medieval India (Active)
4
HIS 196B
Modern India (Active)
4
MSA 092
ME/SA 92. Internship in Middle East/South Asia Studies (Active)
3-15
MSA 098
Directed Group Study (Active)
1-5
MSA 099
Special Study for Undergraduates (Active)
1-5
MSA 180
Topics in Middle East and South Asian Studies (Active)
4
MSA 192
Internship (Active)
1-12
MSA 198
Directed Group Study (Active)
1-5
MSA 199
Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (Active)
1-5
MUS 129B
Musics of Africa, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent (Active)
4
MUS 148
Hindustani Vocal Ensemble (Active)
2
POL 135
International Politics of the Middle East (Active)
4
POL 136
The Arab-Israeli Conflict (Active)
4
RST 021
The Bible and Its Interpreters (Active)
4
RST 023
Introduction to Judaism (Active)
4
RST 060
Introduction to Islam (Active)
4
RST 065C
The Qur'an and Its Interpretation (Active)
4
RST 068
Hinduism (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 170
Buddhism (Active)
4
WMS 178A
Women Writers and the Transnational Imaginary; The Arab World (Active)
4
WMS 178B
Women Writers and the Transnational Imaginary; Asia (Active)
4
WMS 184
Gender in the Arab World (Active)
4
Note: With prior consultation with an advisor, students can petition in the Program Committee in advance to accept other elective courses toward the major program, including language courses. Note: While some courses are identified as fulfilling more than one requirement, a given course can only fulfill one such requirement. Restriction: No more than six units of MSA 092, 098, 099, 192, 198, 199 may be offered in satisfaction of the major requirements. However, students must have completed at least 40 units of upper division course work in satisfaction of the major requirements.
 
Total: 48-80

(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-1

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.

Middle East/South Asia Studies
Units: 20-24
MSA 100
Middle East and South Asia: Comparative Perspectives (Active)
4
Choose one:
4
ANT 142
Peoples of the Middle East (Active)
4
ASA 189E
Topics in Asian American Studies: Comparative Racial Studies (Active)
4
COM 166
Literatures of the Modern Middle East (Active)
4
HIS 113
History of Modern Israel (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
MUS 129B
Musics of Africa, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent (Active)
4
RST 160
Introduction to Islamic Thought (Active)
4
RST 161
Modern Islam (Active)
4
RST 162
Introduction to Islamic Law (Active)
4
WMS 178A
Women Writers and the Transnational Imaginary; The Arab World (Active)
4
WMS 184
Gender in the Arab World (Active)
4
Choose one:
4
ANT 145
Performance, Embodiment, and Space in South Asia (Active)
4
ASA 150F
South Asian American History, Culture, & Politics (Active)
4
ASA 189E
Topics in Asian American Studies: Comparative Racial Studies (Active)
4
HIS 102Q
Undergraduate Proseminar in History; India (Active)
5
HIS 196A
Medieval India (Active)
4
HIS 196B
Modern India (Active)
4
MUS 129B
Musics of Africa, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent (Active)
4
MUS 148
Hindustani Vocal Ensemble (Active)
2
RST 168 (Discontinued 2005)
4
RST 170
Buddhism (Active)
4
WMS 178B
Women Writers and the Transnational Imaginary; Asia (Active)
4
Additional Electives from Core Course list for major
8-12
With prior consultation with an advisor, students can petition the Program Committee in advance to accept:
 
Other elective courses toward the minor program. Under no circumstances may more than one lower division course be offered in satisfaction of requirements for the minor.
 
More than four units of Middle East/South Asia Studies 192, 198, and/or 199 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.