New Middle East Studies Courses in Fall 2013

* New Middle East Studies Courses in Fall 2013

*    Three Lectures on Iranian History and Culture in

    Two Weeks (including one today!)

* New Degree Minor in Iranian Studies


* New Courses for Fall 2013

MDES 313: Modern Iran (now on the schedule, MW 10-11:15)

MDES 324: Classical Persian Literature in Translation (pending to appear on the schedule in the next few days, TTh 2-3:20pm)

These upper-division courses count towards the major and minor in Middle East Studies and the new minor in Iranian Studies.

* Come hear afternoon lectures presented by visiting experts on different aspects of pre-modern Iranian history and literature.

1) “Demigods, Ingrates, and Ideals of Kingship in Early Modern Iran” by Hani Khafipour (University of Chicago)-Today, April 25, 4 PM in VKC 211

 2) “Restoring the ‘Good Religion,’ Renovating the World: Ardashir’s Battle against a Giant Worm” [on an important episode in the Shahnameh], by Dr. Nasrin Askari (University of Toronto)

Tuesday, April 30, 4 PM in VKC 211

 3) “Mirrors of Glory: Persian Salvation Histories and Visions of the Past in the Post-Mongol Historiography of Iran” by Dr. Khodadad Rezakhani (London School of Economics)

Thursday, May 1, 4 PM in VKC 211

* Minor in Iranian Studies, available Fall 2013

Required Courses, Lower Division

MDES 120            Persian I               4 Units

MDES 150            Persian II             4

MDES 220            Persian III            4

MDES 250            Persian IV            4

Some or all of these may be waived by placement examination.

Required Courses, Upper Division

Four courses—16 units from among the following

MDES 320            Advanced Persian I                         4 Units

MDES 350            Advanced Persian II                        4

MDES 349g          Ancient Empires                               4

MDES 312            Iran in the Middle Ages                 4

MDES 313            Modern Iran                                      4

MDES 324            Classical Persian Literature           4

MDES 325            Modern Persian Literature          4

MDES 461            Topics in Ancient Iranian Languages and Cultures              4


One of these four may alternatively be chosen from the following list of existing upper-division courses that cover material relevant to Iran or which situate an aspect of Iran in a broader context.

ANTH 335            Comparative Muslim Societies

CLAS 360              Classical Arabic Literature in Translation [covers period 500-1500]

HIST 324g             Islam in Russia and the Soviet Union

HIST 382               The Middle East 500-1500

POSC 351             Middle East Politics

REL 315                 Thought and Life of Islam

REL 316                 Women and the Islamic Tradition

REL 414                 History of Islamic Law

If you have any questions about these developments and events, just ask! I hope to see you at the lectures. –Prof. Kevin van Bladel, Director, Middle East Studies Program


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