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  • Locations: Virtual, International
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Non-IILE applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 02/03/2022
Rolling Admission 02/05/2022 06/04/2022

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Program Description:
This course aims to provide students with multiple perspectives from which to understand the modern Arab world. Using both social sciences and humanities approaches, this course will give students a wide variety of texts through which they can enhance their understanding of the Arab world. The course will be structured around the theme of “the gaze”.  In the first section, we will explore philosophical and historical approaches to “gazing at” the Middle East.  How has the Middle East been understood by non-Arabs, and how did this define an understanding of the Arab self? In the second section, we will “gaze through” the Arab Gulf States, a region of the Middle East that has, in the span of twenty short years, made a name for itself as the epicenter of commerce and industry. More recently, and specifically in the last ten years, since the rise of the so-called Arab Spring, the region has attempted to assert itself politically by influencing regional politics, and creating intra-regional alliances. Far beyond the simplistic paradigm of oil, in this section, we will explore underlying currents that have come to characterize the Arab Gulf States.

And in the final section, we will attempt to “gaze within” the Middle East, and explore those themes that most in the Arab world would prefer not to discuss. What are the undercurrents in these societies that continue to remain undiscussed? What of the role of gender, sexuality, and subaltern identities? What role does the citizen play (if any, or indeed if citizenship does exist) in the Arab world? How have shifting dynamics (political and social) affected how its people see themselves? 

Course Days and Times
Monday/Wednesday, 18:30-19:50 (Abu Dis), 11:30-12:50 (NY), 17:30-18:50 (Vienna). 

Issam Khoury

Course Level

4 US / 8 ECTS

OSUN Partner Offering Course
Al Quds Bard (AQB)


This program is currently not accepting applications.