Near Eastern Studies (NES)Arts and Sciences

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NES 1312

This class is an introductory class for beginners. This course will teach students how to listen, speak, read and write Urdu through vocabulary, grammar, oral and written activities, with an emphasis on ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: URDU 1125

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

  •  7239NES 1312  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Rizvi, N

  • Prerequisite: HINDI 1101 or permission of instructor.

NES 1602

This introductory course surveys the archaeology of the ancient Greek and Roman Mediterranean. Each week, we will explore a different archaeological discovery that transformed scholars' understanding of ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARKEO 1702CLASS 1702

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16344NES 1602  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Barrett, C

NES 1660

Globalisation 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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  •   Combined with: HIST 1660MEDVL 1660

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17299NES 1660  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Falk, O

NES 1935

The Joseph "novella" is unique in the biblical text and the character of Joseph himself extends far beyond biblical boundaries, inspiring retellings and new accounts of Joseph's adventures.  To what can ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17656NES 1935  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Smith, K

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

NES 1985

This course examines Arabic fiction written under conditions of crisis, when the author's life or safety was under threat due to war, famine, a totalitarian regime, etc. All readings will be available ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17657NES 1985  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Lawandow, A

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

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

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  •   Combined with: URDU 2226

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

  •  7074NES 2202  LEC 001

    • TBA
    • Rizvi, N

  • Prerequisite: NES 2201 or permission of instructor.

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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  •  7420NES 2575  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Tenney, J

NES 2626

In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte led a French expedition to Egypt, fighting a campaign that would extend to Syria and last three years. Napoleon's journey, however, signalled far more than the beginning of ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Combined with: RELST 2626

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16063NES 2626  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Rock-Singer, A

NES 2629

This course provides a literary and historical introduction to the earliest Christian writings, most of which eventually came to be included in the New Testament. Through the lens of the gospel narratives ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: CLASS 2613JWST 2629RELST 2629

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15982NES 2629  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

  • 15986NES 2629  DIS 201

    • F
    • Staff

  • 15988NES 2629  DIS 203

    • F
    • Staff

NES 2649

Whether it is politics, society, the law, sexuality, popular culture or minorities' rights, the media are saturated with news on Islam. This course introduces topical issues in Islam as a religious, historical, ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Combined with: ASIAN 2247RELST 2247

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16094NES 2649  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Formichi, C

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: ARKEO 2668

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7419NES 2668  LEC 001

    • MWF
    • Monroe, C

NES 2676

Articulating and elaborating religious justifications for war is a cultural practice unique to the three monotheistic traditions and their respective textual communities. This notion and its practice have ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: JWST 2676MEDVL 2676RELST 2676

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15969NES 2676  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Brann, R

  • 16355NES 2676  DIS 201

    • F
    • Staff

  • 16356NES 2676  DIS 202

    • F
    • Staff

  • 16357NES 2676  DIS 203

    • F
    • Staff

  • 16358NES 2676  DIS 204

    • F
    • Staff

  • 16359NES 2676  DIS 205

    • F
    • Staff

  • 16360NES 2676  DIS 206

    • F
    • Staff

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
  • 16088NES 3511  SEM 101

    • MW
    • Formichi, C

  • Prerequisite: One course in the humanities.

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: HIST 3519

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7855NES 3519  LEC 001

    • MWF
    • Gocheleishvili, I

NES 3629

A weekly seminar that may be taken in addition to NES 2629. The seminar will provide an opportunity to read portions of the New Testament and other early Christian writings in Greek. We will work on grammatical ... view course details

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  • 16022NES 3629  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

  • Prerequisite: One-year of Greek. Must be enrolled in NES 2629 New Testament/Early Christian Literatures.

NES 3655

This course examines the historic diversity of the modern Middle East, exploring histories of inter-communal contact and conflict. We begin by investigating the legacy of the Ottoman Empire and the impact ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  • 16026NES 3655  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Starr, D

NES 3920

Since the events of September 11, 2001, the war on terrorism has been the focus of US foreign policy in Africa. This focus has led to major adjustments in US priorities in Africa, including the pairing ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 3420GOVT 3423

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16558NES 3920  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Grovogui, S

NES 4140

An annual film festival held in Sderot, calls itself "Cinema South." While the town is indeed in the south of Israel, the organizers adopted the term to refer to artistic creation that emerges from the ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: JWST 4140NES 6140

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16033NES 4140  SEM 101

    • T
    • Starr, D

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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Syllabi: 1 available
  • 16781NES 4520  SEM 101

    • R
    • Sampson, E

NES 4530

The Caucasus occupies a distinctive place within both the ancient and modern imagination. It is a region long anchored to tropes of disobedience, punishment, and redemption. It is also a place in which ... view course details

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  • 16030NES 4530  SEM 101

    • F
    • Khatchadourian, L

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: NES 6560

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5606NES 4560  SEM 101

    • T
    • Powers, D

NES 4644

In this seminar we will look at archaeological and textual evidence from one of the longest-running excavations in the Near East: the ancient city of Ugarit at Tell Ras Shamra in northwestern Syria. Students ... view course details

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  • 16016NES 4644  SEM 101

    • W
    • Monroe, C

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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Syllabi: 1 available
  •  8929NES 4652  SEM 101

    • R
    • Yilmaz, S

NES 4660

In the 1960s, religiosity was said to be a mere byproduct of tradition, increasingly marginalized by modernization. Yet, in an unexpected turn, the 1970s saw religious revival swept across the globe as ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Combined with: NES 6650RELST 4660

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16036NES 4660  SEM 101

    • W
    • Rock-Singer, A

NES 4913

This extraordinary figure died in 1941, and his death  is emblematic of the intellectual depradations of Nazism. Yet since World War II, his influence, his reputation, and his fascination for scholars ... view course details

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  • 15013NES 4913  SEM 101

    • R
    • Boyarin, J

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 ... view course details

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6938NES 4992  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Weatherspoon, M

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  •  

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6939NES 4992  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Fahmy, Z

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  •  

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6940NES 4992  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6941NES 4992  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Monroe, C

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6942NES 4992  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Monroe, L

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6943NES 4992  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Powers, D

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6944NES 4992  IND 612

    • TBA
    • Scharf, N

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  •  

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6945NES 4992  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Shoer, S

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6946NES 4992  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Starr, D

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6947NES 4992  IND 616

    • TBA
    • Younes, M

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  •  

  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7028NES 4992  IND 618

    • TBA
    • Gocheleishvili, I

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7144NES 4992  IND 621

    • TBA
    • Tenney, J

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7233NES 4992  IND 622

    • TBA
    • Khatchadourian, L

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8560NES 4992  IND 623

    • TBA
    • Rock-Singer, A

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

  •  7040NES 4998  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

  • 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

  •  6285NES 4999  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

  • 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 6140

An annual film festival held in Sderot, calls itself "Cinema South." While the town is indeed in the south of Israel, the organizers adopted the term to refer to artistic creation that emerges from the ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: JWST 4140NES 4140

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16035NES 6140  SEM 101

    • T
    • Starr, D

NES 6530

The Caucasus occupies a distinctive place within both the ancient and modern imagination. It is a region long anchored to tropes of disobedience, punishment, and redemption. It is also a place in which ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 16041NES 6530  SEM 101

    • F
    • Khatchadourian, L

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: NES 4560

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8400NES 6560  SEM 101

    • T
    • Powers, D

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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Syllabi: none
  •  8166NES 6575  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Tenney, J

NES 6644

In this seminar we will look at archaeological and textual evidence from one of the longest-running excavations in the Near East: the ancient city of Ugarit at Tell Ras Shamra in northwestern Syria. Students ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 16011NES 6644  SEM 101

    • W
    • Monroe, C

NES 6650

In the 1960s, religiosity was said to be a mere byproduct of tradition, increasingly marginalized by modernization. Yet, in an unexpected turn, the 1970s saw religious revival swept across the globe as ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: NES 4660RELST 4660

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16038NES 6650  SEM 101

    • W
    • Rock-Singer, A

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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  •  8928NES 6652  SEM 101

    • R
    • Yilmaz, S

NES 6655

This examines the historic diversity of the modern Middle East, exploring histories of inter-communal contact and conflict. We begin by investigating the legacy of the Ottoman Empire and the impact of ... view course details

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  • 16029NES 6655  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Starr, D

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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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6286NES 6992  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Starr, D

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6406NES 6992  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Monroe, L

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6413NES 6992  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6948NES 6992  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Monroe, C

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6949NES 6992  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Brann, R

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6950NES 6992  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Weatherspoon, M

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6951NES 6992  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Fahmy, Z

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6952NES 6992  IND 609

    • TBA
    • Scharf, N

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6953NES 6992  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Younes, M

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6954NES 6992  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Powers, D

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7234NES 6992  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Tenney, J

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7235NES 6992  IND 615

    • TBA
    • Khatchadourian, L

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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  • 16785NES 7520  SEM 101

    • R
    • Sampson, E

NES 7913

This extraordinary figure died in 1941, and his death is emblematic of the intellectual depradations of Nazism. Yet since World War II, his influence, his reputation, and his fascination for scholars in ... view course details

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  • 15023NES 7913  SEM 101

    • R
    • Boyarin, J