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Courses in LSA II: Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS)
MENAS 243 / HISTORY 243. Islamic World History
(4; 3 in the half-term). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

This course studies the history of the Islamic world in its global dimensions and contexts. It introduces the key concepts, schools of thought, and problems in the study of Islamic history and challenges popular conceptions of Islam by highlighting the divergent pathways of Islamic thought and societies through world history.

MENAS 244 / AAPTIS 244 / HISTORY 244 / HJCS 244 / JUDAIC 244. The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
(4; 3 in the half-term). (SS). (R&E). May not be repeated for credit.

This course assesses the origins, dynamics, and the amazing, chameleon-like persistence of Arab-Jewish conflict for over a hundred years, from the late 1800s to the present. How did the rivalry begin? Why is no end in sight? And what does the conflict say about truth and morality in international relations?

MENAS 334 / AAPTIS 364 / HISTORY 334. Selected Topics in Near and Middle Eastern Studies
(1 - 3). May not be repeated for credit.

MENAS 340 / AAPTIS 340 / ASIAN 340 / HISTORY 340 / REEES 340. From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
(4; 3 - 4 in the half-term). (SS). (R&E). May not be repeated for credit.

This course provides an overview of modern Central Asian history. It focuses on the empires of the last 300 years: especially in Russian and Soviet Central Asia, but also the neighboring areas dominated by Britain and China (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang).

MENAS 398. MENAS Internship
Consent of instructor required. AAPTIS 101 or higher for Arabic or AAPTIS 151 or higher for Turkish. (1 - 3). (EXPERIENTIAL). May not be repeated for credit.

This course allows students to receive credit for an internship in the Middle Eastern and North African region arranged through the UM Center for International Business Education (CIBE). Students may use the internship experience as the basis for a substantial academic paper in English or in the language of the country under the supervision of a country expert.

MENAS 490. Proseminar on Iran, Turkey and the Gulf
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

MENAS 493 / AAPTIS 493. Comparative Perspectives of the Middle East and North Africa
(1). May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This 1-credit course, jointly offered by CMENAS and the Near Eastern Studies, brings together a diverse cohort of specialists covering 5000 years of history, languages, and culture, and a geographical area stretching from the Atlantic to Central Asia. Through a series of lectures by UM faculty and outside speakers, addressing a particular theme chose for that semester, students consider multiple perspectives of comparative research across the ages and cultures.

MENAS 495. Senior Honors Thesis
Consent of instructor required. Open only to Honors concentrators with senior standing. (3 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term of MENAS 496, the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

MENAS 496. Senior Honors Thesis
Consent of instructor required. MENAS 495; Open only to Honors concentrators with senior standing. (3 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

MENAS 591. Interdisciplinary Middle East Topics Seminar
Upperclass standing; concentration in MENAS, NES or other fields with main interest in Middle Eastern Studies. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

This is a seminar for students beginning graduate study of the Middle East and North Africa. It introduces them to a broad range of disciplinary approaches and methodologies. The course will concentrate on different areas and problems each year.

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