Near Eastern Studies (NES)Arts and Sciences

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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: GERST 1776JWST 1776

  • 2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8476NES 1776  SEM 101

NES 1880

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GERST 1880JWST 1880

  • 2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18745NES 1880  SEM 101

    • M
    • Forman, D

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: URDU 2225

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

  •  4862NES 2201  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Rizvi, N

  • Prerequisite: NES 1312 or permission of instructor.

NES 2515

This course explores the major debates that define the study of contemporary Iran. Drawing from ethnographic works, literary criticism, intellectual histories and more, we will examine historical events ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ANTHR 2415RELST 2515

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17105NES 2515  LEC 001

NES 2546

This introductory course explores the roles of amulets, love potions, curse tablets, and many other magical practices in ancient Greek and Roman societies. In this course, you will learn how to invoke ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ANTHR 2846ARKEO 2846CLASS 2646

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16494NES 2546  LEC 001

  • 16495NES 2546  DIS 201

  • 16496NES 2546  DIS 202

NES 2601

The pyramids and mummies of Egypt, the ziggurats of Babylonia, and the armies of Assyria are all part of the legacy of the ancient Near East. This course serves as a basic introduction to the history, ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: JWST 2601

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17717NES 2601  LEC 001

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HIST 2530MEDVL 2655RELST 2655

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6816NES 2655  LEC 001

NES 2668

The course surveys the history and culture of pharaonic Egypt from its prehistoric origins down to the early first millennium bce. Within a chronological framework, the following themes or topics will ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ARKEO 2668

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17450NES 2668  LEC 001

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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  •  8000NES 2700  LEC 001

NES 2750

This seminar offers an introduction to the humanities by exploring the historical, cultural, social and political stakes of the Society for the Humanities annual focal theme. Students will explore the ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ANTHR 2150ARKEO 2150SHUM 2750

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Fabrication: Humans and Things

  • 17783NES 2750  SEM 101

NES 2754

This course examines Near East's rich and diverse literary heritage. We will read a selection of influential and wondrous texts from ancient to modern times, spanning geographically from the Iberian peninsula ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 2754JWST 2754SHUM 2754

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17117NES 2754  LEC 001

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: URDU 3325

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

  •  6829NES 3325  LEC 001

    • TBA
    • Rizvi, N

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

NES 3511

What role does Islam take in the politics, history, arts and rituals of Southeast Asia? Structured as a seminar, this course takes you on a journey through Southeast Asia, home to almost a quarter of the ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  • 16506NES 3511  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: one course in the humanities.

NES 3687

This seminar examines the history of the United States' involvement with Middle East beginning with evangelical efforts in the 19th century and President Wilson's engagement with the colonial powers in ... view course details

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  • 17071NES 3687  SEM 101

  • Taught in Washington D.C. as part of the Cornell in Washington Program.

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GOVT 3805JWST 3805

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8213NES 3805  SEM 101

NES 3888

This course explores the interactions between Jews, Christians, and other religious groups in late antiquity, especially in Sasanian Persia circa the first through seventh century C.E. Students pay particular ... view course details

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  • 18434NES 3888  SEM 101

NES 4337

This course introduces students to the history, evolution and trajectory of state-labor relations, labor activism, and the politics of unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). As the region ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ILRIC 4337ILRIC 6337NES 6337

  • 4 Credits GradeNoAud

  • 17040NES 4337  LEC 001

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GOVT 4365JWST 4365

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8448NES 4365  SEM 101

  • This class fulfills the government senior seminar requirement. Government Seniors and Juniors given preference.

NES 4471

Jewish communities have thrived in diaspora since long before the destruction of the Second Temple. What binds and divides those communities? Diaspora may be the product of exile, but can also be a sign ... view course details

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  • 17761NES 4471  SEM 101

NES 4537

This course offers a broad survey of contemporary Shi'i beliefs, practices, and politics with a focus on Twelver or Imami Shi'ism. Through a close examination of ethnographies, intellectual and political ... view course details

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  • 17111NES 4537  SEM 101

NES 4550

The Phoenicians have long been an enigma, a people defined by distant voices. Originating from present-day Lebanon, they were Semitic speakers, renowned seafarers and transmitters of an innovative alphabet ... view course details

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  • 17486NES 4550  SEM 101

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASRC 4650HIST 4091NES 6605

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17435NES 4605  SEM 101

NES 4626

Narratives, particularly sacred narratives, are not static or fixed but rather infinitely flexible and malleable.   Subject to multiple retellings—elaborations, modifications, and deletions—stories take ... view course details

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  • 18081NES 4626  SEM 101

  • Restricted to undergraduate students. Graduate students should enroll under CLASS 7626/MEDVL 6626/NES 6626/RELST 6626.

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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5339NES 4991  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Fahmy, Z

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5340NES 4991  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5341NES 4991  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Monroe, C

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5342NES 4991  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Monroe, L

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5343NES 4991  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Powers, D

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5344NES 4991  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Staff

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5345NES 4991  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Shoer, S

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5346NES 4991  IND 609

    • TBA
    • Starr, D

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5347NES 4991  IND 610

    • TBA
    • Khatchadourian, L

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5348NES 4991  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Younes, M

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6371NES 4991  IND 612

    • TBA
    • Tenney, J

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6446NES 4991  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Weatherspoon, M

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6753NES 4991  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Gocheleishvili, I

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6902NES 4991  IND 615

    • TBA
    • Staff

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7414NES 4991  IND 616

    • TBA
    • Ozer Griffin, B

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7613NES 4991  IND 617

    • TBA
    • Golestaneh, S

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7614NES 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  4728NES 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

  •  5970NES 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

  • 18730NES 6112  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Brann, R

NES 6337

This course introduces students to the history, evolution and trajectory of state-labor relations, labor activism, and the politics of unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). As the region ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ILRIC 4337ILRIC 6337NES 4337

  • 4 Credits GradeNoAud

  • 17042NES 6337  LEC 001

NES 6537

This course offers a broad survey of contemporary Shi'i beliefs, practices, and politics with a focus on Twelver or Imami Shi'ism. Through a close examination of ethnographies, intellectual and political ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 17108NES 6537  SEM 101

NES 6550

The Phoenicians have long been an enigma, a people defined by distant voices. Originating from present-day Lebanon, they were Semitic speakers, renowned seafarers and transmitters of an innovative alphabet ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 17493NES 6550  SEM 101

NES 6605

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASRC 4650HIST 4091NES 4605

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17443NES 6605  SEM 101

NES 6626

Narratives, particularly sacred narratives, are not static or fixed but rather infinitely flexible and malleable.   Subject to multiple retellings—elaborations, modifications, and deletions—stories take ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 18086NES 6626  SEM 101

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

  •  8375NES 6722  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Staff

NES 6888

This course explores the interactions between Jews, Christians, and other religious groups in late antiquity, especially in Sasanian Persia circa the first through seventh century C.E. Students pay particular ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 18438NES 6888  SEM 101

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

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5349NES 6991  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Fahmy, Z

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5350NES 6991  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5351NES 6991  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Monroe, L

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5352NES 6991  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Powers, D

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5353NES 6991  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Starr, D

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5354NES 6991  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Tenney, J

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5355NES 6991  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Younes, M

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5902NES 6991  IND 609

    • TBA
    • Monroe, C

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6892NES 6991  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Khatchadourian, L

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7054NES 6991  IND 612

    • TBA
    • Ozer Griffin, B

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7615NES 6991  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Golestaneh, S

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7616NES 6991  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Staff

NES 7471

Jewish communities have thrived in diaspora since long before the destruction of the Second Temple. What binds and divides those communities? Diaspora may be the product of exile, but can also be a sign ... view course details

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  • 17764NES 7471  SEM 101

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 in ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ARKEO 7743CLASS 7743

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16526NES 7743  SEM 101