Summer Sessions | Courses | Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

The Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies Department offers a dynamic range of Arabic language courses in the summer term. 

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Summer 2022 Session Information

  • SESSION A (First Half Term) courses are May 23–July 1, 2022
  • SESSION B (Second Half Term) courses are July 5–August 12, 2022
  • SESSION X (Full Term) courses are May 23–August 12, 2022

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CRITICAL THEORY: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
MDES1001W001 4 points.

The purpose of this foundational course is to introduce Columbia undergraduate students, in the context of their Global Core curriculum, to the seminal field of critical theory. The historical domain of this course is within the last century and its geographical spectrum is global. European critical thinkers are included in this course but not privileged. Thinkers from Asia, Africa, Europe, North, South, and Latin America, are examined here in chronological order and in equal democratic footing with each other. This course as a result is decidedly cross-cultural, one step forward towards de-alienating critical thinkers from around the globe and the issues they address without pigeonholing them as something “other” or “different.” The course is designed and offered in the true spirit of the “Global Core.” The purpose of the course is to reach for the common denominator of serious critical thinking about the fate of our humanity and the health of our social relations in an increasingly fragile world—where the false binaries of “the West” and “the Rest” no longer hold. The roster of critical thinkers we will examine is by no means exhaustive but representative. Any number of other critical thinkers can be added to this roster but none of those we will examine can be excluded from them. The course is divided into thirteen successive weeks and for each week a number of seminal, original, and groundbreaking texts are identified. Each week we will examine selected passages from these texts. The course is designed as a lecture course, and my lectures are based on the totality of these texts but students will be assigned specific shorter passages to read.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
MDES1001W001 001/10256 Session A Tu 09:00 AM–12:10 PM
Th 09:00 AM–12:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Hamid Dabashi
4 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
CRITICAL THEORY:G.P.-DISC
MDES1002W001 0 points.

Corequisites: MDES UN1001. Discussion sections (TWO) to accompany the course MDES UN1001, Critical Theory: A Global Perspective.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
MDES1002W001 001/10361 Session A Mo 09:10 AM–10:00 AM
We 09:10 AM–10:00 AM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
0 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
CRITICAL THEORY:G.P.-DISC
MDES1002W002 0 points.

Corequisites: MDES UN1001. Discussion sections (TWO) to accompany the course MDES UN1001, Critical Theory: A Global Perspective.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
MDES1002W002 002/11578 Session A Mo 01:10 PM–02:00 PM
We 01:10 PM–02:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
0 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
CRITICAL THEORY:G.P.-DISC
MDES1002W003 0 points.

Corequisites: MDES UN1001. Discussion sections (TWO) to accompany the course MDES UN1001, Critical Theory: A Global Perspective.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
MDES1002W003 003/12216 Session A Tu 01:10 PM–02:00 PM
Th 01:10 PM–02:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
0 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
FIRST YEAR ARABIC I
MDES1210S001 5 points.
Prerequisites: Students that are not registering for MDES S1211 will be required to request professor permission (tb46@columbia.edu) to enroll.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
MDES1210S001 001/10257 G Summer Session Mo 09:00 AM–01:00 PM
Tu 09:00 AM–01:00 PM
We 09:00 AM–01:00 PM
Th 09:00 AM–01:00 PM
Fr 09:00 AM–01:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Ouijdane Absi
5 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
FIRST YEAR ARABIC II
MDES1211S001 5 points.
Prerequisites: MDES S1210, or the equivalent.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
MDES1211S001 001/10277 J Summer Session Mo 09:00 AM–01:00 PM
Tu 09:00 AM–01:00 PM
We 09:00 AM–01:00 PM
Th 09:00 AM–01:00 PM
Fr 09:00 AM–01:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Reem Faraj
5 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
SECOND YEAR ARABIC I
MDES1214S001 5 points.
Prerequisites: MDES UN1211-UN1212, or the equivalent.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
MDES1214S001 001/10278 G Summer Session Mo 09:00 AM–01:00 PM
Tu 09:00 AM–01:00 PM
We 09:00 AM–01:00 PM
Th 09:00 AM–01:00 PM
Fr 09:00 AM–01:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Rym Bettaieb
5 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
SECOND YEAR ARABIC II
MDES1215S001 5 points.
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: MDES UN1211-UN1212 and UN1214 or the equivalent.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
MDES1215S001 001/10279 J Summer Session Mo 09:00 AM–01:00 PM
Tu 09:00 AM–01:00 PM
We 09:00 AM–01:00 PM
Th 09:00 AM–01:00 PM
Fr 09:00 AM–01:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Youssef Nouhi
5 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI POLIT/SOC
MDES3042S001 4 points.

This course covers the history of Zionism in the wake of the Haskala in mid nineteenth century Europe and its development at the turn of the century through the current 'peace process' between the state of Israel and the Palestinian national movement. The course examines the impact of Zionism on European Jews and on Asian and African Jews on the one hand, and on Palestinian Arabs on the other --in Israel, in the Occupied Territories, and in the Diaspora.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
MDES3042S001 001/10263 Session A Mo 02:10 PM–04:00 PM
Tu 02:10 PM–04:00 PM
We 02:10 PM–04:00 PM
Th 02:10 PM–04:00 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Joseph Massad
4 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person