Cross Listed GMES Course Descriptions within Humanities


Spring Quarter (S18)

Dept/Description Course No., Title  Instructor

This course will explore social movements in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that mobilize a politics of gender and/or feminism. While the focus will be on 20th and 21st century movements, we will also consider these efforts as part of particular historical legacies, contexts, and conditions. What issues have been central to the political organization of women and others concerned with gender justice? What strategies and methods have activists and citizens used to create social change? How have social movements contended with colonialism, nationalism, war, religion, patriarchy, globalization, modernization, and The War on Terror? In what ways has gender been central to social and political change? We will investigate movements coming out of specific countries, and examine regional and transnational collaborations and networks. Along with required readings, class lectures and discussions, and guest speakers, we will watch and analyze films and other forms of visual culture that explore and represent gender and social change in the Middle East.
Days: TU TH  09:30-10:50 AM


Examination of the rich world of Jewish Mysticism in its historical and modern day contexts and its place in Jewish Tradition and Israeli culture. We will focus on Kabbalah and Chassidism and will note their differences and their interconnections. The original texts of the great Kabbalists and Chassidic Masters will provide our source material throughout the course.  Our clear and definite goal will be the demystification of the mystical!  Weekly quizzes & assignments, midterm, and final exam.

No knowledge of Hebrew is required; all readings are in English.

This course satisfies GE IV and VIII.
Days: TU TH  02:00-03:20 PM


This survey course is designed to introduce students to the history of ancient Iran, from the earliest times to the Muslim conquest of Iran in the seventh century. In a chronological sequence, we will look at the history of Iran before the Iranians, the formidable Elamite civilization and the history of its rise, apogee, and decline; the emergence of Iranian speaking people on the Plateau, and the formation of ancient Iranian empires and their development and expansion throughout the late Sasanian period. For this purpose a selection of ancient Iranian texts will be studied in translation based on the relevant archaeological, historical, and geographical sources.
Days: MO WE  08:00-09:20 AM


This course covers the most important themes in the history of Armenians and Armenia in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries and does so within a regional (i.e., Middle East and Caucasus) and global context. It focuses on the Armenians living in ancestral lands within the Russian and Ottoman empires as well as those living outside, especially in the post-genocide period. It examines the problems and impact of imperialism, revolution, and genocide on the development of the history of Armenians. This course will proceed in chronological order from imperial rule in the nineteenth century through twentieth-century genocide, brief independence, sovietization, and independence again, but it will also have a strong thematic approach. As we explore this history, we will focus not only on Armenians as imperial and national subjects in ancestral lands but also as transimperial and transnational subjects in a diaspora that has had a complex relationship with the idea and reality of homeland. Readings include secondary and primary sources by and about Armenians themselves.
Days: MO WE  12:30-01:50 PM


The course explores the historical roots of the contemporary Middle East, covering the most important themes in the history of nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries Middle East within a global context. It will focus on several events -- the partition of the Middle East in the first world war, genocide, the Iranian Revolution to name a few -- that shook and changed the Modern Middle East. The aim is to explore larger concepts and contexts that have shaped Modern Middle Eastern history but to do so through the study of specific key episodes.
Days: MO WE  09:30-10:50 AM


Courses Offered by Global Middle East Studies or other Schools at UCI

Spring Quarter (S18)

Dept Course No., Title   Instructor

Introduces students to the broad set of approaches to studying the Middle East as a global zone of cultural, political, and economic interaction, focusing on the disciplines related to Social Ecology.
Days: TU TH  09:30-10:50 AM