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4.165 Architectural Design in Islamic Societies
Prereq.: 4.231
Units: 0-12-9
Design studio exploring culture-specific themes related to architecture and the urban environment. Focuses on the design of a
complex of buildings within a central urban area. Addresses the principal issues of form and cultural appropriateness faced by
designers in Islamic and other nonwestern societies. Studio deposit required.
A. Petruccioli

 

4.612 Islamic Architecture and the Environment (New)
Prereq.: --
Units: 3-0-9
Studies how Islamic architecture and urban planning coped with environmental constraints in various areas and different climates
and turned them into constructive design tools. Examines the environmental strategies behind the design of selected examples
ranging in scale from the region, to the city, the house, the garden, and the single architectural element. Explores the social,
cultural, symbolic, and psychological dimensions of environmental design as they developed over time to enrich, modify, or even
obscure their functional origins.
N. Rabbat

 

4.614 Religious Architecture and Islamic Culture (Revised Content)

()

Prereq.: --

Units: 3-0-9

You must enter the HASS-D lottery to take this subject.

HASS DISTRIBUTION Recitation: MW12:30-2 (3-133) +final

Introduces the history of Islamic cultures through their most vibrant material signs: the religious architecture that spans fourteen

centuries and three continents -- Asia, Africa, and Europe. Studies a number of representative examples from the House of the

Prophet to the present in conjunction with their social, political, and intellectual environments. Presents Islamic architecture both as

a full-fledged historical tradition and as a dynamic and interactive cultural catalyst that influenced and was influenced by the

civilizations with which it came in contact.

N. Rabbat

 

4.615 The Architecture of Cairo (Revised Content)

()

Prereq.: --

Units: 3-0-9

Cairo still shines as a major cultural, political, and economic center in its three spheres of influence: the Arab world, Africa, and

the Islamic world. This course narrates the history of the city from the initial settlement on the site (640s) to the present, reviews

its urban and architectural developments, and connects them to their Islamic and Mediterranean architectural and cultural

contexts.

N. Rabbat

 

4.616 Cultural Signification in Architecture

()

Prereq.: Permission of instructor

Units arranged

Seminar on the issue of meaning in architecture. Establishes historical and theoretical frameworks for investigations. Analyzes

traditions, transformations, and inventions in architecture as a conveyor of messages that transcend the stylistic, formal, and

iconographic domains to include an assessment of some of the political, ideological, social, and cultural concerns of the builders and

patrons both synchronically and diachronically. Critically reviews the methodologies and theoretical premises of studies on meaning

and iconography in architecture.

N. Rabbat

 

4.617 Issues in Islamic Urbanism

()

Prereq.: Permission of instructor

Units arranged

Seminar on selected topics from Islamic urban history. Examines patterns of settlement, urbanization, and architectural production

in various places and periods from late antiquity to pre-modern times. Discusses the leading factors in shaping and transforming

civic forms, structures, and attitudes. Critically analyzes the body of literature concerned with the Ancient, Medieval, and Islamic

city-types. Research paper required. Open to qualified undergraduates.

N. Rabbat

 

4.621 Orientalism and Representation (Revised Content)

()

Prereq.: Permission of instructor

Units arranged

Recitation: T2-5 (5-216)

Seminar on the historiography and politics of representation with special focus on Orientalist traditions in architecture, art,

literature, and scholarship. Critically analyzes pivotal texts, projects, and images that informed the cross-cultural encounters

between Europe and the ``Orient'' from Antiquity to the present. Discusses how political and ideological attitudes and beliefs

informed both the construction and reproduction of European knowledge about the Orient as well as the revisionist ``Oriental''

self-representations. Research paper required.

S. Bozdogan, N. Rabbat

 

4.623 Technology and the Modern Project (Revised Units)

()

Prereq.: Permission of instructor

Units arranged

Recitation: M9:30-12:30 (5-216)

Introduces technology as a historical, cultural, and philosophical problem integral to the project of modernity. Reviews aesthetic,

ideological, and epistemological appropriations of technology in the architectural culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries,

from ``house-machines'' to ``virtual space.'' Focuses on the significance and status of technology in the critical debates concerning

modernity -- between dwelling and transience, between alienation and liberation, between critical programs of resistance to

instrumental rationality and radical programs to extend the modern project further.

S. Bozdogan

 

4.624 Architecture and Modernization in the Middle East, 19th and 20th Centuries

(, )

Prereq.: Permission of instructor

Units: 3-0-9

A historical survey of important architectural and urban transformations in the Middle East from the nineteenth century

modernizing reforms in the Ottoman Empire to the current crisis of secular nationalisms and the emergence of Islam as a

contending project of civilization. Lectures cover such topics as the transformation of architectural education and practice, the

introduction of modern architecture and planning, the work of western architects and firms, the emergence of nationalist,

regionalist, and Islamicist discourses. Related readings for discussion.

S. Bozdogan

 

4.626 Modern Architecture and National Identity

()

Prereq.: Permission of instructor

Units: 3-0-9

Addresses the role of architecture in the making of modern national identities in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Focuses on construction and symbolism of national styles in architecture in Europe and in colonial/post-colonial contexts outside

Europe. Investigates the complex interplay of the utopic and universalist visions of twentieth century modernism and the cultural

and political expressions of nationhood through appropriation of history and/or vernacular traditions. Readings of key texts on

nationalism, modernity, and identity.

S. Bozdogan

 

4.627 Special Problems in Islamic and Nonwestern Architecture

Prereq.: Permission of instructor

Units arranged

CONSULT INSTRUCTOR

4.628, 4.629 Special Problems in Islamic and Nonwestern Architecture

Prereq.: Permission of instructor

Units arranged

4.628: CONSULT INSTRUCTOR

4.629: CONSULT INSTRUCTOR

Supplementary work on individual or group basis in the history, theory, and criticism of architecture and urban form in the Islamic

World. Registration subject to prior arrangement for subject matter and supervision by staff.

S. Bozdogan, N. Rabbat

 

17.405 Seminar on Middle East Politics

()

(Subject meets with 17.406)

Prereq.: --

Units: 3-0-6

17.406 Seminar on Middle East Politics

()

(Subject meets with 17.405)

Prereq.: Permission of instructor

Units: 3-0-9

Focuses on evolution of contemporary politics and economics. Divided into four parts: 1) historical background, 2) domestic and

regional politics of the Arab East, Iran and the Gulf, the Maghreb, and Israel; 3) energy: the world oil and energy picture; 4)

Middle East and world politics: geostrategic shifts, Arab-Israeli conflicts and peace process, the Iran-Iraq war, the Gulf War, and

their interaction with energy issues. Graduate students are expected to pursue the subject in greater depth through reading and

individual research.

N. Choucri

 

17.558 Political Economy and Technology in the Middle East

()

Prereq.: --

Units: 3-0-9

Provides a focus on, and context for, technology change, with specific reference to contemporary conflicts and competing

ideologies, Islam and politics, post-colonial experiences, and patterns of social pressures. Examines role of technological and

scientific institutions. Changing environment of international business is explored, as are patterns of investments in the region.

Provides students with interdisciplinary approach to development in the Middle East. Open to undergraduates with permission of

instructor.

N. Choucri

 

21A.453 Anthropology of the Middle East (Revised Content)

Prereq.: --

Units: 3-0-9

Examines the cultural production of peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. Topics include politics, social organization,

gender roles, and the reception and dissemination of sacred narrative. How the West represents the Orient. How power and

politics shape culture, narrative, and performance. Also discusses Middle Eastern communities in North America.

S. Slyomovics

 

21A.458J Women in Middle East Studies: Between Literature and Ethnography (New)

(Same subject as SP.450J)

Prereq.: Permission of Instructor

Units: 3-0-9

Lecture: MW1-2:30 (16-220)

An introduction to academic studies of women and gender in the Middle East and North Africa, as reflected in the fields of

anthropology, oral history, and literature. Are common themes -- e.g., the harem, the desert, the veil -- and modes of expression

cross-disciplinary? How do readers determine point of view and positionality, ideology and subjectivity, in fictional,

autobiographical, and ethnographic texts? Explores how scholarship in women's studies and gender studies addresses selected

issues -- such as activism and human rights -- central to contemporary Middle East studies.

S. Slyomovics

 

21F.032 The ``I'' of the Beholder: Travel Literature and Cultural Encounter in the Western

Tradition (New)

Prereq.: --

Units: 3-0-9

Uses recent theories in anthropology and psychoanalysis to explore the relationship in the Western tradition between the Self and

the Other developed in notable historical, fictional, and autobiographical travel accounts. Examines the ethnographic impulse in

itinerant writing. Focuses on this writing's function as a space for conscious and unconscious self-examination by the writer. Texts

by Homer, Marco Polo, Columbus, Swift, Voltaire, Fenimore Cooper, Darwin, Conan Doyle, Verne, Conrad, Wells, Lessing,

Chatwin, Asimov. Conducted in English.

N. Wey-Gómez

 

21H.601 Islam, the Middle East, and the West

()

Prereq.: --

Units: 3-0-9

You must enter the HASS-D lottery to take this subject.

HASS DISTRIBUTION Recitation: MWF2 (E51-393) +final

Surveys the major political, socio-economic, and cultural changes in the Middle East from the rise of Islam to present times (A.D.

600-1990), with special emphasis on Islam's encounter with the West. Examines the rise and fall of Islamic empires, the place of

Arabs, Persian and Turkic peoples, and minorities in Islamic society, scientific and technological achievements and their

transmission to the West, and the impact of European expansion after 1800. Considers contemporary crises and upheavals facing

the Middle East in light of the historical past, including the Arab-Israeli conflict and Islamic populism.

H. Sharkey

 

21H.615 The Middle East in the Twentieth Century

()

Prereq.: --

Units: 3-0-9

Spring final: THURSDAY, MAY 21 (1:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.) in 10-280

Surveys major political, socioeconomic, and cultural changes in post-World War I Middle East. Investigates interwar independence

struggles against Europe, followed by the emergence of American-Soviet rivalry, nationalist movements, and the growth of modern

states and societies after 1945. Examines contemporary problems in historical perspectives: Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict,

Lebanon War, oil and regional security, Iranian revolution, Islamic movements.

Staff

 

21H.621 Nationalism in the Middle East

()

Prereq.: --

Units: 3-0-6

Lecture: MWF11 (4-364) +final

The Middle East's experience with nationalism in the twentieth century. Examines theories and varieties of nationalism,

imperialism, and revolution. Focus on Arab nationalism: its origins; character of independence movements; place of Palestinian

nationalism. Comparisons with other nationalisms in the developing world and in Europe, and with Islamic movements. Open to

graduate students.

H. Sharkey

 

21H.631 Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

()

Prereq.: --

Units: 3-0-9

Spring final: THURSDAY, MAY 21 (9:00 A.M. - 12:00 NOON) in 5-231

Looks at the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict from the nineteenth century up to the present. The role of ideology, political actors,

social history, economic and infrastructural problems, regional and international interaction is explored, as are the prospects for

peace after the September 1993 Accord.

H. Sharkey