SRJC Course Outlines

6/12/2024 9:13:48 PMHUMAN 21 Course Outline as of Fall 2010

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HUMAN 21Title:  HUMANITIES IN MID. EAST  
Full Title:  The Humanities in the Middle East
Last Reviewed:3/14/2016

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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An interdisciplinary exploration of the arts, ideas and values among the cultures of the Middle East (aka Near East), with focus upon works of literature, film, visual art, music, theatre and dance. Class will focus on philosophy and religion as pertaining to the various disciplines of the humanities in the Middle East.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An interdisciplinary exploration of the arts, ideas, and values among the cultures of the Middle East (aka Near East) with focus upon works of literature, film, visual art, music, theatre and dance. Class will focus on philosophy and religion as pertaining to the various disciplines of the humanities in the Middle East.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 2007
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 2007
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 2007
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2007Inactive:Fall 2023
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2007Inactive:Fall 2023

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Analyze representative works from specific Middle Eastern cultures and
   describe their distinguishing characteristics within cultural
2.  Discuss the ideas, beliefs, and values communicated in artistic
   expressions of at least three Middle Eastern cultures.
3.  Compare, contrast and evaluate specific Middle Eastern ideas, beliefs
   and values with specific Western ideas, beliefs and values and with
   their own ideas, beliefs and values.
4.  Analyze class, gender and other sociopolitical concerns as
   reflected in literature and the arts.
5.  Demonstrate an ability to compare, contrast, and link cultural
   expressions of the various disciplines in the humanities including
   mythology, literature, visual arts, film, theatre, music, dance,
   religion and philosophy.

Topics and Scope
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I.  The course must cover at least three distinct geo-cultural areas such
   as Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran,
   Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco,
   Oman, Palestinian  Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria,
   Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Western Sahara and/or Yemen.
II.  The course may be arranged chronologically, by period,
   geographically, by region or thematically.
III.  The course may include major forms of expression including use
   of representative primary sources and texts in areas such as
   mythology, literature, visual arts, film, theatre, music, dance,
   religion and philosophy such as:
   A.  Visual arts: The effect of Islam on cultural
       production.  Principal achievements in Islamic architecture
       680-1600 AD/CE.  Mosque architecture, decorative arts, mosaic
       and calligraphy.  Pre-Islamic and Islamic architecture design and
       decoration.  Persian miniatures as well as Muslim and Sufi
       illuminated manuscripts.  Byzantine art and architecture.
   B.  Primary philosophical/religious texts:  Hebrew
       Bible, New Testament, The Q'uran, The Egyptian Book of the Dead,
       origin and development of Sufism.
   C.  Pre-historical and pre-Islamic literature and
       philosophy from such civilizations as Mesopotamia (Babylonian
       creation story, Epic of Gilgamesh, Code of Hammurabi),
       Sumer/Mesopotamia, Assyria, Egypt (Book of the Dead),  Graeco/Roman
       and Judeo/Christian influences in the Near East.
   D.  Film:  Cairo, Egypt as a center of cinema.  Middle Eastern film
       history such as Youssef Chahine's Cairo Station (1968) and
       Saladin (1963), Bourlem Guerdjou's Living in Paradise
       (1998, Algeria) and Silences of the Palace by Moufida Tlatli.
   E.  Music:  Arab culture in World Music.  Storytelling and
       chant.  Egyptian epic poetry as the basis of the Arab musical
       tradition.  Classic vocalists such as Umm Kulthum, or
       instrumentalists such as Abdesadek Chekara.  Popular music:  Cheb
       Mami, Assi Al-Hilani, or Hakim.
   F.  Dance:  Folk dance from Morocco, origins of belly dance.
   G.  Literary arts:  Poets such as Mohamed Bennis (Morocco), Nizar
       Qabbani (Syria), Salma Khadra Jayyusi and Mahmoud Darwish
       (Palestine).  Dramatists such as Sa'dallah Wannus.  Prose fiction
       by writers such as Abdelrahman Munif, Tariq Ali, Naguib Mahfouz,
       Amin Malouf, Nawal Al Sa'adawi, Fatima Mernisi, Ibn Khaldun,
       Ibn Batutta, Mohammed-Ali Jamalzadeh, Sadeq Hedayat, Sadeq Chubak,
        Simin Daneshvar, Bozorg Alavi, Ebrahim Golestan, Bahman Sholevar,
        Zoya Pirzad, Orhan Pamuk, Sait Faik Abasiyanik, Beyaz Kale, Nihal Atsiz,
        Orkun Ucar, Burak Turna, or Ihsan Oktay.
IV.  The course will cover cultural interactions between the Middle East
   and the West such as the effect of the Silk Road, the Crusades,
   cultural developments in el Andalus (Muslim Spain) and North Africa,
   Byzantium, the Ottoman Empire as well as the colonial period and
   the discourse of Orientalism. Travel writings from and about the
   Middle East. Post-colonial and modern topics may also be included.
V.  The historical role of women in the Middle East. Modern feminist discourse and
   cultural contributions of women in post-colonial Middle East.  Effect
   of religious law on family structure.
VI  The course may examine minority communities such as the Kurds and
   Berbers, religious minorities who are Arab but not Muslim, and
   Jewish communities in the Arab countries. Course may also cover
   traditional practices of caravan culture, (Bedouin) nomadic cultural
   production, oasis life.
VII.  Class relations in the Middle East

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Assignments will include:
1.  Reading and analysis of 20-50 pages of assigned primary texts and supplemental
   readings to establish cultural context.
2.  Two to ten examinations or projects, which include quizzes, midterm exams
   and/or take-home exams.  A final is required.
3.  Two to four written essays (1 to 5 pages) requiring students to analyze representative works of
   Middle Eastern literature, visual art, music, theater, dance, philosophical and religious thought.
   Students may be asked to examine, compare and contrast  ideas, values
   and beliefs, and integrate materials from more than one discipline.
4.  Optional assignments may include participation in cultural activities, museum, field trips and panel discussions.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
50 - 85%
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
15 - 50%
Quizzes, midterms and final exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 30%
Activities, field trips, creative projects (optional)

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Samples include:
The Arabian Nights:  Tales From A Thousand And One Nights by Byatt, A.S.
   (Introduction). Burton, Richard.   Modern Library:  2004
The Egyptian Book Of The Dead.  Wallis, E.A Budge.  Kessinger
  Publishing:   2005
Essential Rumi (Paperback).   Barks, Coleman.  Harper  San Francisco: 1997
The Exploits Of The Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin/The Subtleties Of The
  Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin,  Shah, Idries. Paperback Octagon Press:  1989
Gilgamesh:  A New English Version.  Mitchell, Stephen.  Free Press:  2006
The Hebrew Bible And New Testament
The Muqaddimah:  An Introduction To History.  Khaldun, Ibn and Trans:
  Dawood, Lawrence, and Rosenthal. Princeton University Press:  2004
Night & Horses & The Desert:  An Anthology Of Classical Arabic Literature:
   Irwin, Robert (Ed) Anchor.  2002
The Qua'ran (Koran), Anonymous and Dawood, N.J. Penguin Classics:  2004
The Rubaiyat Of Omar Khayyam, Trans. by  Whinfield, Edward Henry (HTML at
  Fordham).  2008
Architecture of The Islamic World:  Its History And Social Meaning.  
   Mitchell, George Ed. Thames & Hudson:  1995
Beauty In Arabic Culture.  Behrens-Abouseif, Doris and  Weiner, Marcus:  1999
Islamic Art And Architecture (The World of Art).  Hillenbrand, Robert
    Thames & Hudson:  1998
Culture and Imperialism.  Said, Edward.  Vintage International: 1994
Orientalism.  Said, Edward.  Random House:  1979
A Mansion In The Sky and Other Short Stories. Taraghi, Goli.  Faridoun
  Farrokh, U Texas at Austin:  2003
An Introduction to Arabic Literature.  Allen, Roger.  Cambridge University:  2000
Islam And The West.  Lewis, Bernard.  Oxford U Press:  1994
Modern Arabic Fiction:  Jayusi, Salma Khadra.  Columbia University
  Press:  2005
Modern Arabic Poetry.  Jayusi.  Salma Khadra.  Columbia University
  Press:  1987
Novels/ Fiction/Travel Narratives:
Balthasar's Odyssey.  Malouf, Amin.   Arcade Books:  2000
The Book of Saladin.  Ali, Tariq.   Verso Press:  1998
The Bookseller of Kabul.   Seierstad, Asne.  Back Bay Press:  2002
Cities of Salt:   Munif, Abdelrahman.  Vintage International: 1987
Fountain and Tomb.   Mahfouz, Naguib.  Lynne Rienner Publications:  1998
Shadows of The Pomegranate Tree. Tariq, Ali.   Verso Press:  1993.
The Storyteller's Daughter.  Shah, Saira.  Anchor Books:  2003
The Trench.  Munif, Abdelrahman.  Vintage International: 1993
Variations on Night and Day.   Munif, Abdelrahman. Vintage International:  1994
Women's Studies
A Walnut Sapling On Masih's Grave and Other Stories by Iranian Women.
   Green, J. and  Yazdabfar, F.  Eds. Heinemann Press:  1993
Dreams Of Trespass, Tales of a Harem Childhood.  Mernissi, Fatima.  Perseus
   Books:  1994
The Forgotten Queens of Islam.  Mernissi, Fatima  and  Lakeland,Mary Jo
   Univeristy of Minnesota Press:  1997
The Hidden Face of Eve, Women In The Arab World.  Sa'a'dawi, Nawal Al.
   Zed Books:  1980
Memoirs from the Women's Prison.  Al Sa'a'dawi, Nawal.  UC Press: 1994
Memoirs of A Woman Doctor.  Sa'a'dawi, Nawal.  AlCity Lights: 1989
The Sewing Circles Of Herat.  Lamb, Christina .  Harper Collins Perennial:  2002.
Writing Woman's Worlds:  Bedouin Stories.  Abuilughod, Lila.  UC
  Berkeley Press:  1993

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