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NES 1102

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 1102

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 1200

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  • 8 Credits Graded

NES 1202

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 1202

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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    Combined with: ASRC 1202

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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    Combined with: ASRC 1202

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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    Combined with: ASRC 1202

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 1312

Introduction to Urdu reading and writing. Assumes some knowledge of spoken Hindi-Urdu.  May be taken concurrently with HINDI 1102. view course details

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    Combined with: URDU 1125

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

  •  7811NES 1312  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: HINDI 1101 or permission of instructor.

NES 1321

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 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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  • 3 Credits Graded

NES 2100

The course is aimed at training students in exact and idiomatic Hebrew, expanding vocabulary and usage of grammatical knowledge, and acquiring facility of expression in both conversation and writing. Uses ... view course details

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    Combined with: JWST 2100

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 2200

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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    Combined with: ASRC 2200

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 2202

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 2226

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

  •  7605NES 2202  LEC 001

  • Prerequisite: NES 2201 or permission of instructor.

NES 2204

This course is designed for students who are interested in reading the language of the Qur'an with accuracy and understanding. The first week (4 classes) will be devoted to an introduction of the history ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASRC 2204RELST 2204

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8202NES 2204  SEM 101

  • Taught in English. Does not count towards Arts and Sciences language requirement.

NES 2322

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 2343

Develops the student's proficiency in understanding, speaking, reading and writing modern Greek. Exposure to contemporary cultural material (newspapers, Greek websites, films, literary and musical material) ... view course details

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    Combined with: GREEK 2144

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17546NES 2343  SEM 101

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  • This is a distance learning course taught from Brown University. The instructor is Elissavet Amanatidou .

NES 2546

Modern perceptions of Classical civilizations often stress those aspects of their cultures that are compatible with contemporary concepts of "rational thought." Certainly, Greek and Roman scholars did ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ANTHR 2846ARKEO 2846CLASS 2646

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 2565

"Heritage" typically conjures images of a glorified human past, and evokes sentiments of care for lost or endangered cultures that symbolize humanity's diversity. But heritage is also the foundation for ... view course details

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    Combined with: ANTHR 2465ARKEO 2465

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 2575

This course will survey the cultic practices and beliefs of ancient Babylonia and Assyria, the two major civilizations of Mesopotamia. We will examine the major myths of this region, e.g., Ishtar's Descent ... view course details

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    Combined with: JWST 2575NES 6575RELST 2575

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

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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    Combined with: ARKEO 2668

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 2670

This lecture class will explore the socio-cultural history of modern Egypt from the late 18th century to the 21st century "Arab Spring." We will explore Egyptian history under the Ottomans and the Mamluks, ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASRC 2670GOVT 2673HIST 2672

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8531NES 2670  LEC 001

  • For students interested in an optional 1-credit section taught in Arabic, please enroll in NES 3366.

NES 2688

Under a Greco-Macedonian ruling dynasty, the Ptolemies, Egypt became a crossroads for the entire Mediterranean. Popular culture today remembers Ptolemaic Egypt best for the exploits of the famous queen ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ARKEO 2688CLASS 2688

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 2695

This course offers an introduction to the history of Christianity from the first century through the seventeenth and perhaps a bit beyond. Our emphasis will be on the diversity of Christian traditions, ... view course details

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NES 2728

In their acceptance speeches for the Nobel Prize in Literature, both the Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz (1988) and the Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk (2006) situate their work between Eastern and Western ... view course details

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    Combined with: COML 2728JWST 2728

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 3104

The course focuses and explores the development and changes of Modern Hebrew in all aspects of Israeli and Jewish culture.  A close reading of selected works of modern Hebrew fiction, poetry, drama in ... view course details

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    Combined with: JWST 3104

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16873NES 3104  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: NES 3101 or NES 3102 or permission of instructor.

NES 3202

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 3101

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 3223

Questions have arisen recently about the wisdom of the 2011 Western intervention in Libya, which resulted in the removal and assassination of Colonel Gaddafi, that country's long-time ruler. The question ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASRC 3220GOVT 3223

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 3414

Assyrian is a dialect of the Akkadian language spoken and written in northern Mesopotamia from roughly 2000 to 600 B.C.  It is the language used by the traders of Karum Kanesh and the rulers of the Neo-Assyrian ... view course details

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    Combined with: NES 6414

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18095NES 3414  SEM 101

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    • Tenney, J

  • Prerequisite: NES 1411, NES 3412, previous Akkadian language instruction, or permission of instructor.

NES 3432

The modern Jewish religious movement known as Hasidism began in Eastern Europe in the eighteenth century and thrives today.  We will approach Hasidism primarily through three avenues: recent critical social ... view course details

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NES 3519

In the conditions of strict censorship and numerous limitations on various forms of political organization and activism, literature and cinema, especially Iran's internationally acclaimed art cinematography, ... view course details

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    Combined with: HIST 3519

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 3542

This course will take the students through the age of reforms in the Ottoman Empire, the rising of nationalism, and the encroachment of colonialism in the Middle East, North Africa and the Balkans, and ... view course details

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    Combined with: HIST 3542

  • 4 Credits Graded

NES 3610

The Eastern Mediterranean is an ecologically diverse and varied landscape with a rich cultural heritage for studying long-term human-environmental interactions.  In this course we will explore how human ... view course details

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NES 3662

This course continues to expose students to the earliest written language, Sumerian, begun in Sumerian Language and Culture I. It also tackles important historical and cultural questions of third millennium ... view course details

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NES 3700

The objective of this course is to help students develop all four communicative skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) through the use of Arabic films coupled with other structured materials ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 4352

Cosmology can be understood as the search for order in the universe, for an underlying logic that structures and renders intelligible the raw chaos of sensory experience. In this sense, the production ... view course details

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NES 4517

For almost two thousand years the synagogue has been the focal point of Jewish life and identity. It has been the most prominent of Jewish buildings, for Jews and non-Jews. Thousands of synagogues have ... view course details

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NES 4520

Jews and cities have been shaping each other for thousands of years. Studying those interactions involves urbanism, cosmopolitanism, transnationalism, and the idea of "the ghetto." This course ranges through ... view course details

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NES 4525

This course examines the political, intellectual, and cultural expression of Palestinian citizens of Israel. Referred to by the Arab media as "1948 Arabs" or "Arabs within" and by the Israeli media as ... view course details

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    Combined with: JWST 4525NES 6525

  • 4 Credits Graded

NES 4548

This course will focus on the array of perspectives offered in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament on such contemporary social issues as: immigration; abortion rights, surrogate childbirth, gay marriage, ... view course details

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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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NES 4560

Requirement for NES majors.  Seminar offering advanced Near Eastern Studies students the opportunity to read and discuss the range of theories and methods that have been employed by scholars ... view course details

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    Combined with: NES 6560

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 4618

An examination of Islamic history from 600-750, with special attention to historiography and interpretive issues. Topics to be discussed will include: Arabia and the Near East before Islam; the collection ... view course details

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NES 4623

This seminar utilizes recent research on the concept of minorities in the Middle East during the late Ottoman Period, through the age of European colonialism, and post-colonial nationalisms.  Following ... view course details

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NES 4642

The primary emphasis of this discussion seminar is the historical development of gendered identities and the fluid manner in which different Middle Eastern communities responded to shifting ideas of sexuality, ... view course details

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    Combined with: FGSS 4640HIST 4642NES 6643

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 4652

Bodies and Diseases in the Middle East (1500-2000) will explore the history of medicine and science in the Middle East from early modern period to the present. It covers the main topics and questions regarding ... view course details

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    Combined with: BSOC 4651FGSS 4652NES 6652

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 4675

The period between around 1870 and World War I was an era of unprecedented global interconnectedness. Telegraph wires, steamships, and railways crossed oceans and continental frontiers, fundamentally changing ... view course details

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    Combined with: AMST 4175HIST 4175

  • 4 Credits Graded

NES 4711

The Babylonian Talmud is one of the most significant and influential books that the Jews of the ancient world produced. This complex and multi-faceted work comprises over five thousand pages of intricate ... view course details

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    Combined with: JWST 4711NES 6711RELST 4711

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17929NES 4711  SEM 101

  • Some reading knowledge of Hebrew and/or experience reading Talmud in its original language required.

NES 4992

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. ... view course details

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  •  7460NES 4992  IND 603

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    • Weatherspoon, M

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  •  7461NES 4992  IND 604

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    • Fahmy, Z

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7462NES 4992  IND 605

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    • Haines-Eitzen, K

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7463NES 4992  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Monroe, C

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7464NES 4992  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Monroe, L

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  •  7465NES 4992  IND 611

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    • Powers, D

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  •  7466NES 4992  IND 612

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    • Scharf, N

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  •  7467NES 4992  IND 613

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    • Shoer, S

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  •  7468NES 4992  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Starr, D

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  •  7470NES 4992  IND 616

    • TBA
    • Younes, M

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7554NES 4992  IND 618

    • TBA
    • Gocheleishvili, I

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7682NES 4992  IND 621

    • TBA
    • Tenney, J

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  •  7803NES 4992  IND 622

    • TBA
    • Khatchadourian, L

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 10148NES 4992  IND 623

    • TBA
    • Huntley, L

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

  •  7566NES 4998  IND 601

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  • NES 4998 is the FIRST course in the Honors two-part sequence.

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

  •  6794NES 4999  IND 601

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  • NES 4999 is the SECOND course in the Honors two-part sequence. To enroll in Honors, please email cmc40@cornell.edu to request a permission number.

NES 6200

This one-credit course consists of four main components. It starts with a survey of language teaching methodologies ranging from the grammar-translation to the modern communicative. Second, there will ... view course details

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  • 1 Credit Graded

NES 6352

Cosmology can be understood as the search for order in the universe, for an underlying logic that structures and renders intelligible the raw chaos of sensory experience. In this sense, the production ... view course details

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NES 6414

Assyrian is a dialect of the Akkadian language spoken and written in northern Mesopotamia from roughly 2000 to 600 B.C.  It is the language used by the traders of Karum Kanesh and the rulers of the Neo-Assyrian ... view course details

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    Combined with: NES 3414

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18096NES 6414  SEM 101

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    • Tenney, J

  • Prerequisite: NES 6411, NES 6412, previous Akkadian language instruction, or permission of instructor.

NES 6525

This course examines the political, intellectual, and cultural expression of Palestinian citizens of Israel. Referred to by the Arab media as "1948 Arabs" or "Arabs within" and by the Israeli media as ... view course details

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    Combined with: JWST 4525NES 4525

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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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NES 6560

Requirement for NES majors.  Seminar offering advanced Near Eastern Studies students the opportunity to read and discuss the range of theories and methods that have been employed by scholars ... view course details

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    Combined with: NES 4560

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 6575

This course will survey the cultic practices and beliefs of ancient Babylonia and Assyria, the two major civilizations of Mesopotamia. We will examine the major myths of this region, e.g., Ishtar's Descent ... view course details

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NES 6618

An examination of Islamic history from 600-750, with special attention to historiography and interpretive issues. Topics to be discussed will include: Arabia and the Near East before Islam; the collection ... view course details

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NES 6623

This seminar utilizes recent research on the concept of minorities in the Middle East during the late Ottoman Period, through the age of European colonialism, and post-colonial nationalisms.  Following ... view course details

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NES 6638

It has become impossible to conceive of the world in which we live without networks. Our social circles have become so connected that only 'six degrees of separation' stand between you and any other person ... view course details

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NES 6643

The primary emphasis of this discussion seminar is the historical development of gendered identities and the fluid manner in which different Middle Eastern communities responded to shifting ideas of sexuality, ... view course details

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    Combined with: FGSS 4640HIST 4642NES 4642

  • 4 Credits Graded

NES 6652

Bodies and Diseases in the Middle East (1500-2000) will explore the history of medicine and science in the Middle East from early modern period to the present. It covers the main topics and questions regarding ... view course details

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    Combined with: BSOC 4651FGSS 4652NES 4652

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

NES 6662

This course continues to expose students to the earliest written language, Sumerian, begun in Sumerian Language and Culture I. It also tackles important historical and cultural questions of third millennium ... view course details

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NES 6711

The Babylonian Talmud is one of the most significant and influential books that the Jews of the ancient world produced. This complex and multi-faceted work comprises over five thousand pages of intricate ... view course details

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    Combined with: JWST 4711NES 4711RELST 4711

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17933NES 6711  SEM 101

  • Some reading knowledge of Hebrew and/or experience reading Talmud in its original language required.

NES 6992

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 7520

Jews and cities have been shaping each other for thousands of years. Studying those interactions involves urbanism, cosmopolitanism, transnationalism, and the idea of "the ghetto." This course ranges through ... view course details

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NES 7710

The Eastern Mediterranean is an ecologically diverse and varied landscape with a rich cultural heritage for studying long-term human-environmental interactions.  In this course we will explore how human ... view course details

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