200 Level Courses:
RELG 202: Religions of the World: Middle Eastern
300 Level Courses:
ARTH 371: Early Islamic Art and Architecture
HIST 360: Islam and Politics in the Modern Middle East
HIST 375: Arab-Israeli Conflict
PLSC 365: Egypt and the Third World
SOCI 355: Islam and Women
ARTH 371: Early Islamic Art and Architecture. 3 hours.
An in-depth examination of Islamic art and architecture in its formative period from the seventh through the fourteenth centuries. This course seeks an understanding of Islamic art and architecture in its cultural context by locating both its unique characteristics and its roots in Sassanian, Byzantine and Arabic traditions.
HIST 360: Islam and Politics in the Modern Middle East. 3 hours.
Study of the historical development of modern political Islam from the nineteenth century to the present. Topics include Islamic sectarianism, religious minorities and the state in the Middle East and debate on the compatibility of Islam and liberal democracy. Offered spring semester of even numbered years. Same as PLSC 360.
HIST 375: Arab-Israeli Conflict. 3 hours.
An in-depth examination of the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, tracing its historical, political, cultural, and religious roots; the course also uses the Arab-Israeli conflict to address broader issues of international conflict and conflict resolution. Offered fall semester of even numbered years. Same as PLSC 375.
PLSC 365: Egypt and the Third World. 3 hours.
Examination of Egypt as a case study to illuminate common issues and themes among developing countries and to explore the diversity of historical experiences, political systems, economic realities and social/cultural values in the Third World. Offered spring semester of odd numbered years.
RELG 202: Religions of the World: Middle Eastern. 3 hours.
A comparative study of the major ideas of those religions most directly related to and influencing the West: Zoroastrianism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Offered annually.
SOCI 355: Islam and Women. 3 hours.
This course provides an in-depth sociological understanding of the relationship between religion and gender roles in Islam. The course helps students to understand the cultural practices of Islamic society in regards to gender roles.