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MESA 295 - Special Topics in Middle East and South Asian Studies

Credits: 3. Prerequisites vary with topic. Topics vary with instructor and term. Repeatable for credit if topics are different.

Spring 2021, MESA 295-01: Special Topics in Middle East and South Asian Studies: Social Justice in Arabic Literature, Arts, Films, and Thought (3). Prerequisites: none. The course will examine social justice issues from the vantage point of classical and modern Arab intellectuals and literary figures, in addition to contemporary artists, feminists and filmmakers. Through studying a plethora of texts chosen from across historical periods from the Arabo-Islamic tradition on justice, students having little or no academic background on the subject, will gain a new appreciation for the diversity and novelty in the social justice discourse amidst diverse ideologies in the Arab culture. The course also aims to help students develop analytic skills in order to discover and evaluate the interconnections between social movements and activism for social justice and the artistic expressions of these issues in works of literature, arts, and films. This interdisciplinary course encourages a broad-based approach to the topic, drawing upon intellectual history, sociology, religious and gender studies, literature, and films. (HL) Al-Ahmad.

 



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