Near Eastern Studies (NES)Arts and Sciences

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NES 1660

Globalization may seem like a recent hot topic, but it was already very much in vogue 1000 years ago when Norse explorers burst out of Scandinavia to journey as far as North America, Azerbaijan, ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HIST 1660MEDVL 1660

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16564NES 1660  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Falk, O

NES 1776

Provides an introduction to reading, writing, aural comprehension, speaking and grammar, as well as to some of the basic elements of Ashkenazi Jewish culture. view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: JWST 1776

  • 2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17803NES 1776  SEM 101

    • W
    • Staff

NES 1950

A palimpsest is a manuscript that has been erased and overwritten, upon which traces of the original remain.  This course will examine women of the Bible (such as Eve, Sarah, and Mary) and the ways in ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18242NES 1950  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Smith, K

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/

NES 1952

This course will expose English-speaking students to the major ideas of the Quran, with attention to how those ideas emerged in conversation with the inhabitants of Arabia and the Near East in Late Antiquity. ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18243NES 1952  SEM 101

    • MW
    • Powers, D

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/

NES 1963

A casual reading of the Hebrew Scriptures might lead one to believe that the normative religion of the Israelites was that spelled out in the Torah and Prophets.  However, a more critical appraisal of ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18244NES 1963  SEM 101

    • MWF
    • Zorn, J

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/

NES 1970

In literary imagination, islands teem with aesthetic and functional possibilities.  They can be idealized as pure, innocent Edens, but also as objects of desire passively awaiting exploitation.  They can ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18257NES 1970  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Alhabian, R

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/

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. The goal of this course is to improve listening, ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: URDU 2225

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

  •  6043NES 2201  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Rizvi, N

  • Prerequisite: NES 1312 or permission of instructor.

NES 2523

Islamophobia and Judeophobia are ideas and like all ideas they have a history of their own. Although today many might think of Islamophobia or Judeophobia as unchangeable---fear of and hatred for Islam ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: COML 2523GOVT 2523JWST 2523RELST 2523

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16478NES 2523  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Brann, R

  • 16480NES 2523  DIS 201

    • F
    • Staff

  • 16481NES 2523  DIS 202

    • F
    • Staff

  • 16482NES 2523  DIS 203

    • F
    • Staff

  • 16483NES 2523  DIS 204

    • F
    • Staff

NES 2655

At the beginning of the 7th century, a new religion, Islam, appeared in Arabia and by the end of the century, Muslims had defeated the Byzantines and Persians and created an empire that stretched from ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HIST 2530MEDVL 2655RELST 2655

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8110NES 2655  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Powers, D

NES 2666

Jerusalem is a holy city to the adherents of the three great monotheistic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. For most of its existence it has also been a national capital or major provincial center ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ARKEO 2666JWST 2666RELST 2666

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16330NES 2666  LEC 001

    • MWF
    • Zorn, J

NES 2700

What does the representation of sexual encounter in the Arabian Nights ('Alf layla-wa layla) have to do with a politics of race and gender? This course explores the millenia-long history of mediations ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 2700ENGL 2917FGSS 2701

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16531NES 2700  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Vaziri, P

NES 2770

This course explores the role of gender and sexuality in shaping the lives of Muslims past and present. Through a close examination of ethnographies, intellectual histories, and religious treatises, we ... view course details

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  • 16537NES 2770  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Golestaneh, S

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. The goals of this class are to improve Urdu literary reading and ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: URDU 3325

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

  •  8129NES 3325  LEC 001

    • TBA
    • Rizvi, N

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

NES 3625

This course surveys the history and cultures of ancient Mesopotamia (e.g., Sumer, Babylonia, and Assyria) from the beginnings of civilization to the death of Alexander the Great. It will be taught from ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: JWST 3625NES 6625

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16575NES 3625  SEM 101

    • W
    • Tenney, J

NES 3639

This course is intended to provide a survey of the cultural history of the Jews in Spain from the late Visigothic period until the converso crisis of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and the expulsion. ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 16681NES 3639  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Brann, R

NES 3805

We are all the living dead – alive but bound to die, and know it. In this course we will learn how existential fears and anxieties shape our politics, partly through moral meaning-making. While the politics ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GOVT 3805JWST 3805

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17068NES 3805  SEM 101

    • M
    • Staff

  • New faculty member, Uriel Abulof (from Univ. Tel Aviv), will be teaching this class.

NES 4354

A seminar on the archaeology of the Byzantine Empire, from the late Roman through to the early modern periods. Topics to be covered include: long-term changes in settlement patterns and urban development; ... view course details

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  • 17078NES 4354  SEM 101

NES 4365

Throughout human history, and its modern incarnation, communities have clashed just as often as states. This course sheds light on ethnic communities and conflicts, explicating their historical dynamics ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GOVT 4365JWST 4365

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17685NES 4365  SEM 101

    • M
    • Staff

  • This class fulfills the government senior seminar requirement. Government Seniors and Juniors given preference. The instructor is new: Uriel Abulof.

NES 4468

The anthropology of Jews, Jewishness and Judaism is a wonderful laboratory for studying vital issues in the study of culture and society: textuality and orality; gender, reproduction and the ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 17070NES 4468  SEM 101

    • R
    • Boyarin, J

NES 4513

This course explores the implications and significance of using textual materials as anthropological evidence. While participant observation remains the cornerstone of ethnography, literary, archival, ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ANTHR 4013ANTHR 7013NES 6513

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16581NES 4513  SEM 101

    • T
    • Golestaneh, S

NES 4557

How and why do landscapes come to inspire the religious imagination?   And why do religious practices, rituals, traditions, and beliefs take place in particular landscapes? This seminar treats these questions ... view course details

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  • 16320NES 4557  SEM 101

    • T
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

NES 4666

This reading seminar will explore the expansion and influence of mass media in the Middle East from the late nineteenth to the turn of the twenty-first century.  We will examine how the intersection of ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HIST 4666HIST 6666NES 6666

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16925NES 4666  SEM 101

    • W
    • Fahmy, Z

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6559NES 4991  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Fahmy, Z

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6560NES 4991  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6561NES 4991  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Monroe, C

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6562NES 4991  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Monroe, L

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6563NES 4991  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Powers, D

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6564NES 4991  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Scharf, N

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6565NES 4991  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Shoer, S

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6566NES 4991  IND 609

    • TBA
    • Starr, D

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6567NES 4991  IND 610

    • TBA
    • Khatchadourian, L

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6568NES 4991  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Younes, M

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7628NES 4991  IND 612

    • TBA
    • Tenney, J

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7705NES 4991  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Weatherspoon, M

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8020NES 4991  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Gocheleishvili, I

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8206NES 4991  IND 615

    • TBA
    • Rock-Singer, A

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8857NES 4991  IND 616

    • TBA
    • Ozer Griffin, B

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9613NES 4991  IND 617

    • TBA
    • Golestaneh, S

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9614NES 4991  IND 618

    • TBA
    • Staff

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  5901NES 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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  7201NES 4999  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

NES 6112

Critical readings in medieval Hebrew lyrical and liturgical poetry and imaginative rhymed prose from tenth-century Islamic Spain to Renaissance and Baroque Italy. view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: JWST 6112

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17952NES 6112  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Brann, R

NES 6354

A seminar on the archaeology of the Byzantine Empire, from the late Roman through to the early modern periods. Topics to be covered include: long-term changes in settlement patterns and urban development; ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 17105NES 6354  SEM 101

NES 6513

This course explores the implications and significance of using textual materials as anthropological evidence. While participant observation remains the cornerstone of ethnography, literary, archival, ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ANTHR 4013ANTHR 7013NES 4513

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16582NES 6513  SEM 101

    • T
    • Golestaneh, S

NES 6557

How and why do landscapes come to inspire the religious imagination?   And why do religious practices, rituals, traditions, and beliefs take place in particular landscapes? This seminar treats these questions ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 16326NES 6557  SEM 101

    • T
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

NES 6625

This course surveys the history and cultures of ancient Mesopotamia (e.g., Sumer, Babylonia, and Assyria) from the beginnings of civilization to the death of Alexander the Great. It will be taught from ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: JWST 3625NES 3625

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16579NES 6625  SEM 101

    • W
    • Tenney, J

NES 6666

This reading seminar will explore the expansion and influence of mass media in the Middle East from the late nineteenth to the turn of the twenty-first century.  We will examine how the intersection of ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HIST 4666HIST 6666NES 4666

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16577NES 6666  SEM 101

    • W
    • Fahmy, Z

NES 6722

A series of lectures on a range of themes in the discipline sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Studies. Presentations include lectures by invited speakers and works in progress presented by faculty ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

  • 17402NES 6722  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Staff

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6569NES 6991  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Fahmy, Z

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6570NES 6991  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6571NES 6991  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Monroe, L

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6572NES 6991  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Powers, D

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6573NES 6991  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Starr, D

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6574NES 6991  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Tenney, J

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6575NES 6991  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Younes, M

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7127NES 6991  IND 609

    • TBA
    • Monroe, C

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8196NES 6991  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Khatchadourian, L

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8422NES 6991  IND 612

    • TBA
    • Rock-Singer, A

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9615NES 6991  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Golestaneh, S

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9616NES 6991  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Staff

NES 7468

The anthropology of Jews, Jewishness and Judaism is a wonderful laboratory for studying vital issues in the study of culture and society: textuality and orality; gender, reproduction and the ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 17074NES 7468  SEM 101

    • R
    • Boyarin, J