Contemporary Arab Thought and Culture

Fall and Spring Semester
Course Number: 702.2137
Dr. Rana Zaher
3 Credits 

This course offers an interdisciplinary overview of the central aspects of contemporary Arab thought and culture. Using academic research, textual and media resources, and literature from both the Arab realm and elsewhere, we will examine a range of fields relevant to an understanding of the contemporary Arab world: historical background, political agendas, language varieties, literary traditions, and social constructs. The course will present ample educational opportunities and experiences to promote analytic skills and insights into another culture and its complexities. 

Discipline: HIS, POL, SOC

Course Syllabus Spring 2014

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     Meet Our Students

Peter Kellner

Peter Kellner 22, Boston University Vermont, USA

Why Haifa?

I decided to come and study at the University of Haifa because it seemed like a fantastic opportunity to immerse myself in a completely new culture as well as to see the State of Israel, something of importance to me because of my Judaism. 

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      What do you like most about Haifa?

What I like most about Haifa are the beautiful views from the top of the carmel, you get to see the sea, and the entire city below.  Its especially beautiful at night atop the main building. I also really like being surrounded by different cultures, and being able to interact with Arabs and Druze.