Near Eastern Studies (NES)Arts and Sciences

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Course descriptions provided by the Courses of Study 2016-2017. Courses of Study 2017-2018 is scheduled to publish mid-June.

NES 1101

Intended for beginners. Provides a thorough grounding in reading, writing, grammar, oral comprehension, and speaking. Students who complete the course are able to function in basic situations ... view course details

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    Combined with: JWST 1101

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6590NES 1101  SEM 101

    • MTWRF
    • Shoer, S

  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6591NES 1101  SEM 102

    • MTWRF
    • Shoer, S

  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

NES 1103

Sequel to NES 1101-NES 1102. Continued development of reading, writing, grammar, oral comprehension, and speaking skills. view course details

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    Combined with: JWST 1103

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6602NES 1103  SEM 101

    • MTWR
    • Shoer, S

  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

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    Combined with: JWST 1103

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6603NES 1103  SEM 102

    • MTWR
    • Shoer, S

  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

NES 1201

This two-course sequence assumes no previous knowledge of Arabic and provides a thorough grounding in the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It starts with the alphabet ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASRC 1201

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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    Combined with: ASRC 1201

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    Combined with: ASRC 1201

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    Combined with: ASRC 1201

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 1203

In this two-course sequence learners continue to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing and grammar foundation through the extensive use of graded materials on a ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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    Combined with: ASRC 1203

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    Combined with: ASRC 1203

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 1320

Intended for beginners and heritage speakers alike, this course is a quick and easy way to a popular worldly language in a modern day context (Farsi)!  Students develop all four skills - speaking, listening, ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 1322

The course is designed with strong integration of modern colloquial Persian (Farsi).  Only colloquial Persian is used for all speaking and listening activities, while reading and writing tasks are performed ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 1330

Elementary Turkish is intended for students with no previous knowledge of Turkish and who are interested in developing a solid base in modern Turkish language. Emphasis will be placed on laying a strong ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 1332

Intermediate Turkish is for students who have an adequate elementary knowledge of Turkish including students who have taken Elementary Turkish.  This course introduces students to more complex grammatical ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 1410

This course is a basic introduction to Akkadian, the language that dominated the writing of ancient Iraq for 2,500 years. It was the language of the empires of Babylonia and Assyria and the Epic of Gilgamesh. ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 1561

This course will introduce students to the study of the Ottoman Empire from its inception in the late 13th century until the early part of 19th century. The classes will follow the main timeline of the ... view course details

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    Combined with: HIST 1561

  • 4 Credits Graded

NES 2201

This course is designed to develop competence in Urdu reading and writing for students with a first-year knowledge of Hindi and knowledge of Urdu script. May be taken concurrently with Intermediate ... view course details

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    Combined with: URDU 2225

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

  •  6563NES 2201  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Rizvi, N

  • Prerequisite: URDU 1125 or permission of instructor.

NES 2203

This course is designed for students who can speak and understand a spoken Arabic dialect (Egyptian, Lebanese, Syrian, Iraqi, etc.) but have little or no knowledge of written Arabic, known as Classical ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASRC 2105

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 2273

For description, see ASIAN 2273. view course details

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    Combined with: ASIAN 2273RELST 2273

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Sensational Religion

  • 16391NES 2273  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

NES 2516

This course introduces students to basic themes and topics in the history of women and gender in Middle Eastern societies by exploring the forces of social change that influenced the lives of women (and ... view course details

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    Combined with: FGSS 2516

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 2522

This course examines the production and exchange of wine, beer, coffee and tea, and the social and ideological dynamics involved in their consumption. We start in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and end ... view course details

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NES 2577

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    Combined with: JWST 2577RELST 2577

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 2607

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    Combined with: HIST 2607RELST 2617

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 2610

The Near East is often defined by "firsts": the first cities, writing, and complex societies. Archaeology has long looked to the region for explanations of the origins of civilization. The Middle East ... view course details

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    Combined with: ANTHR 2010ARKEO 2010

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 2620

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    Combined with: HIST 2910JWST 2920

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 2644

In this course, students will survey the development of Judaism from its roots in ancient Mesopotamia to modernity. Rather than thinking of Judaism as static and easily definable, we will explore a history ... view course details

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NES 2655

The seventh-century Arab conquests resulted in the creation of a vibrant new civilization that stretched from the Iberian peninsula in the west to Central Asia and the borders of India in the east. We ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 2530MEDVL 2655RELST 2655

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 2662

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NES 2674

This course examines major trends in the evolution of the Middle East in the modern era. Focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries and ending with the  "Arab Spring," we will consider Middle East history ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ASRC 2674GOVT 2747HIST 2674

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 2754

This survey course (which also fulfills an NES major requirement) is a multidisciplinary introduction to Near Eastern civilization, exploring history, literature, religion, art and archeology, and other ... view course details

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    Combined with: COML 2754JWST 2754

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 2985

Throughout Greek and Roman history, the idea of Egypt inspired powerful imaginative responses ranging from fascination to fear. This course investigates Egyptian interactions with the Greco-Roman world ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ANTHR 2285ARKEO 2285CLASS 2685

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 3101

Successful completion of NES 3101 fulfills Option 1 language requirement. Advanced study of the Hebrew Language both orally and through the analysis of mostly unedited texts of social, political, and cultural ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6165NES 3101  SEM 101

    • MW
    • Scharf, N

  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

NES 3108

This course is intended to continue the development of all aspects of the language. Emphasis on reading and discussion of Modern Literary works. Reading include adapted as well as authentic literary and ... view course details

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    Combined with: JWST 3108

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7802NES 3108  SEM 101

    • W
    • Scharf, N

  • For scheduling conflicts, contact instructor.

NES 3201

In this two-semester sequence, learners will be introduced to authentic, unedited Arabic language materials ranging from short stories, and poems, to newspaper articles dealing with social,  political,  ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASRC 3100

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 3203

In this four-credit, one semester, topic based course, students will be introduced to authentic, unedited Arabic language materials from Arabic newspapers, magazines, TV broadcasts and interviews, and ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 3206

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  • 12 Credits Graded

NES 3325

Designed for those students who have either taken Intermediate Urdu or are at the same level of competency in reading and writing skills. In this course you will be reading literary articles, novels and ... view course details

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    Combined with: URDU 3325

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

  •  9105NES 3325  LEC 001

    • TBA
    • Rizvi, N

  • Prerequisite: Intermediate Urdu or same level of written and oral proficiency.

NES 3625

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 3677

Unlike Moses or Jesus, Muhammad is said to have been born in the full light of history. The earliest extant biography of the Prophet, the Life of Muhammad by Ibn Hisham (d. 833), contains a full account ... view course details

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NES 4544

Ceramics are among the most ubiquitous materials in the archaeological record. From prehistory to the present, the manipulation of clay to form pottery and other synthetic objects has transformed domains ... view course details

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  • 16208NES 4544  SEM 101

    • W
    • Khatchadourian, L

NES 4547

In this seminar we will explore the Ottoman Empire's presence in the continent, and the continent's influence on the rest of the Ottoman Empire.  In addition to the focus on the history of Ottoman North ... view course details

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NES 4557

How and why do landscapes come to inspire the religious imagination? And how do sensory landscapes, more specifically-territories of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell-inform, inflect, and engage the ... view course details

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NES 4590

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    Combined with: SOC 4290

  • 4 Credits Graded

NES 4605

This seminar examines the dynamics of modern collective identities which dominated the Egyptian public sphere in the long twentieth century. We will explore the underpinnings and formation of territorial ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASRC 4650HIST 4091

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 4708

Alexandria, the Egyptian port city, has a long history of rich cultural interaction. In this course we will examine literary and artistic representations of modern Alexandria, which have played an important ... view course details

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NES 4745

The colonial expansion of Christian Europe continues to leave its mark on the world of the twenty-first century. Two of the peoples caught up in that colonial project, in very different ways, are Jews ... view course details

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NES 4914

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NES 4991

For undergraduates who wish to obtain research experience or do extensive reading on a special topic. Students select a topic in consultation with the faculty member who has agreed to supervise the course. For ... view course details

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  •  7128NES 4991  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Fahmy, Z

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7129NES 4991  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7130NES 4991  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Monroe, C

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7131NES 4991  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Monroe, L

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7132NES 4991  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Powers, D

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7133NES 4991  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Scharf, N

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7134NES 4991  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Shoer, S

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7135NES 4991  IND 609

    • TBA
    • Starr, D

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7136NES 4991  IND 610

    • TBA
    • Khatchadourian, L

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7137NES 4991  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Younes, M

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8372NES 4991  IND 612

    • TBA
    • Tenney, J

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8463NES 4991  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Weatherspoon, M

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 4998

Each fall, a small number of highly qualified seniors enter the Near Eastern Studies Honors Program. The Honors Program is open to NES majors who have done superior work and who wish to devote a substantial ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  6412NES 4998  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

  • To enroll in Honors, please email cmc40@cornell.edu to request a permission number.

NES 4999

Each fall, a small number of highly qualified seniors enter the Near Eastern Studies Honors Program. The Honors Program is open to NES majors who have done superior work and who wish to devote a substantial ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  7836NES 4999  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

NES 6544

Ceramics are among the most ubiquitous materials in the archaeological record. From prehistory to the present, the manipulation of clay to form pottery and other synthetic objects has transformed domains ... view course details

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NES 6547

In this seminar we will explore the Ottoman Empire's presence in the continent, and the continent's influence on the rest of the Ottoman Empire.  In addition to the focus on the history of Ottoman North ... view course details

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NES 6557

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NES 6677

Unlike Moses or Jesus, Muhammad is said to have been born in the full light of history. The earliest extant biography of the Prophet, the Life of Muhammad by Ibn Hisham (d. 833), contains a full account ... view course details

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NES 6708

Alexandria, the Egyptian port city, has a long history of rich cultural interaction. In this course we will examine literary and artistic representations of modern Alexandria, which have played an important ... view course details

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NES 6914

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NES 6991

For graduate students who wish to do intensive reading on a focused topic. Students select a topic in consultation with the faculty member that has agreed to supervise the course. view course details

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NES 7743

The conquests and death of Alexander served as catalysts for major cultural transformation. Throughout the Mediterranean and beyond, Greco-Macedonian dynasties came to rule over foreign populations, ... view course details

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    Combined with: ARKEO 7743CLASS 7743

  • 4 Credits Graded

NES 7745

The colonial expansion of Christian Europe continues to leave its mark on the world of the twenty-first century. Two of the peoples caught up in that colonial project, in very different ways, are Jews ... view course details

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