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Courses in LSA II: Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS)
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 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.

MENAS 595. Directed Reading in Near Eastern and North African Studies
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

MENAS 639 / HISTORY 639 / REEES 639. Graduate Colloquium in Central Eurasian History
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This class is intended to introduce M.A. and Ph.D. students to Central Asia (or depending on who is making the definitions, "Central Eurasia") as a research and teaching field. It explores the emergence of "Central Asia" as a separately defined region by approaching it both internally (geographically, culturally, environmentally) and through its variable connections with Russian, Chinese, South Asian, and Islamic/Middle Eastern affairs. The course offers an opportunity to read classic as well as more recent interdisciplinary scholarship in Central Eurasian studies. We will cover places often discussed separately: in current pariance, this means five former Soviet republics (Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan) along with other parts of Central / Inner Asia such as Afghanistan, Xinjiang, Mongolia, and area of Iran, Pakistan, and the Russian Federation. This course explores the salience of such political lines, and throughout the semester we will consider the changing connections, exchanges, influences (and Conflicts) that stretch across them.

MENAS 695 / AAPTIS 793 / HISTORY 793. Seminar: The Study of the Near East
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

MENAS 698. Masters Thesis in Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Graduate standing and approval of instructor. (3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Designed for individual students who are researching and writing a masters thesis. An individual instructor must agree to supervise the project, and the requirements are specified when approval is granted.

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