This course will engage students in the study of a variety of artistic and socio-cultural aspects of the modern Arab world. There will be an emphasis on representative cultural artifacts (from literature and other arts) that have come to define the region, as well as on culturally specific constructions of gender, ethnicity, race, and diversity. Special attention will be given to the characteristics of the Arabic language, family, gender relations, the Arab experience in the U.S., Arab-American relations, the role of the past, social change, Arab literature, art and music. It promotes tolerance and understanding by providing students with a realistic view of the cultural contours of the modern Arab World and the richness of the Arab cultural heritage.
Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016