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Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES)


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

ISLM 301 - Sources and Methods (3 cr.)
This course familiarizes students with the sources, research tools and methods in Islamic Studies, by also looking at the history of the discipline and survey its major research areas, including history, language, literature, religious sciences, intellectual sciences, and social studies (Arabic native speakers can replace ISLM 301 with the equivalent Arabic course: ARAB 309).

ISLM 302 - Islamic Civilizations (3 cr.)
This course examines key aspects of the Islamic civilizations, cultures, and thought. It will focus on the political, social and religious institutions that shaped the Islamic civilizations as well as on the intellectual and scholarly traditions which characterized the Muslim world from the foundation of Islam onwards, and across various geographical regions and cultures. Beginning with the geographical, cultural and historical context of the rise of Islam, the life of the Prophet, the Qur’an, it will extend through modernity and beyond, with a special emphasis on texts. The readings consist of a selection of translated primary sources from languages that are central to the literature of Islam, as well as complementary secondary source literature.

ISLM 315 - The Qur’an in History (3 cr.)
A historical study of the Qur'an and other allied disciplines. Themes include the Islamic concept of the Qur'an; thematic and formal aspects of the Qur'an; modes of interpretation and principles of exegesis; and medieval and modern controversies regarding its history, formal structure, authorship, and authority.

ISLM 317 - Approaches to the Qur’an (3 cr.)
This interactive graduate seminar presents an introduction to the corpus of Sunni Islamic exegesis (tafsir) from the 9th to the 20th century.

ISLM 321 - Graduate Seminar in Islamic Philosophy and Theology (3 cr.)
This course is intended to cover the major debates, concepts, modes of reasoning, figures, and texts of Islamic philosophy (falsafa) and theology (kalam) in their intellectual historical contexts.

ISLM 325 - Graduate Seminar in Sufism (3 cr.)
A general presentation of Sufism that, while not aiming at exhaustiveness, will seek to acquaint students with the place and function of Sufism in Islam; the main outlines of its history; doctrinal and ritual features; the relationship between Sufism and literature, especially poetry. The course will give an overview of the sources of classical Sufism. Students will read Islamic mystical texts dealing with the Sufi Path, the nature of God and the hidden meanings of the Qur’an, dreams and miraculous powers, and the different Sufi stations.

ISLM 331 - Islamic Movements and Reform (3 cr.)
An in-depth course on modern Islamic political thought. This course focuses on the historical and intellectual developments that have fueled both revolutionary and conservative trends in Islamic political movements and states. Discussions over issues such as the relationships between religion and politics, political philosophy and ideology, and political action and revolution.

ISLM 333 - Islamic Thought and Modernity (3 cr.)
This course starts by examining the main reform movements of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the transformations in Islamic thought in the wake of the encounter with Europe. The course then explores various models of Islamic political and social activism, and major themes addressed by leading thinkers of Islamic movements in the twentieth century. The focus is on Islamic movements from Egypt and the Arab Middle East, India/Pakistan, and Iran. Topics include the intellectual networks of scholars in the eighteenth century, the contexts of various forms of reform and revival, questions of continuity and European influence, the effects of the encounter with colonialism and imperialism, the attitude toward nationalism and other modern ideologies, and Islamic discussions of modernity and liberalism. In addition to background essays, primary sources in translation will be studied; the selected texts are classics that have wide circulation within contemporary Islamic movements.

ISLM 341 - Christian-Muslim Encounters (3 cr.)
A collaborative investigation of select topics in Arab and Middle Eastern History viewed from multiple perspectives. Periodic progress reports and the incorporation of findings in an interpretive term paper are required.

ISLM 361 - Readings in Classical Texts (3 cr.)
Negotiating Classical Arabic Literature through the historical method, the thematic approach, or direct textual engagement, the selective focuses of this course cover a wide spectrum of Arabic literary production before 1258/657

ISLM 363 - The Arab Historians, I and II (3 cr.)
A systematic analysis of a select Arab historian in the context of his time, employing primary sources and recent secondary literature on the subject

ISLM 365 - History Tutorial in Islamic Studies (3 cr.)

ISLM 396 - Special Topics in Islamic Studies (3 cr.)

ISLM 397 - Tutorial in Islamic Studies (3 cr.)

ISLM 398 - MA in Islamic Studies Project (3 cr.)

ISLM 399 - MA in Islamic Studies Thesis (6 cr.)

ISLM 395 A/B - Islamic Studies Comprehensive Exam (0 cr.)

Other courses

In addition to the CAMES courses above, students choose the remainder of their courses from any of the following departments: Arabic and Near Eastern Languages, History and Archaeology, Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies, Arabic and Near Eastern Languages, Political Studies and Economics. You may check the online class schedule for courses in these departments.



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