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NEW COURSE - MESA 1559: Gateway to the Middle East & South Asia

MESALC Student Becomes New Moderator of CBS's "Face the Nation"

Former MESALC student, Margaret Brennan, becomes the new moderator for CBS's "Face the Nation." UVA Today recently sat down with her for a Q&A, click here to read the full article!

Light of the Bhavagata - Feb. 21

Charlottesville

The Global Inquirer

University of Virginia

New GSMS Track in the Global studies Program

India J-Term

Just a few pictures from the J-Term in India.

NEW MESALC COURSES - Spring 2018

MESALC is offering four new courses this Spring!

 


ARAB 3810: Modern Arabic Fiction

Instructor: Kassem Wahba

T/Th, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Dell 1 104

 

Students are introduced to twentieth-century Arabic fiction, and to the varied genres of prose including letters, memoirs, short stories, travelogues, and novels. Topics include autobiography, war and nation construction, fantasy, and political and sexual identity crises. Students become acquainted with different schools of modern Arabic literary criticism, and lean to analyze texts using critical analysis and specific theoretical terminology.

 


 

ARTR: Modern Arabic Literature in Translation

Instructor: Kassem Wahba

T/Th, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

328 Bryan Hall

 

The Arab World has witnessed vast cultural, economic, political and demographic changes the latest of which are the ongoing Arab Spring revolutions. The advent of European colonialism and the subsequent challenges to pre-existing cultural and religious norms were extensively reflected in modern Arabic literature. This course will examine the development and the major themes of modern Arabic Literature in light of the colonialist and post-colonialist conditions. Through close readings of poetry, short stories, novels, and plays, we will explore the impact of postmodernism, postcolonialism, identity location theories, and feminism on Arabic literature and culture as well as the shaping of the Arab identity as a whole. Special attention will be given to diasporic literature, war, and fantasy literature as well as to the contribution of contemporary Arab women writers to the Arabic canon.

 


 

PERS 3559/5559: Pioneering Women in Contemporary Iran

Instructor: Mehrangiz Kar

T, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

032 New Cabell Hall

 

This course studies the life and works of pioneering women in contemporary Iran. Through a variety of texts, it explores their multifaceted contribution to Iranian politics and the vital role pioneering women played to desegregate their society and to transform gender relations.

 

Mehrangiz Kar is a prominent Iranian lawyer, acclaimed author of several books, and a celebrated activist of human and women’s rights in Iran. According to The New York Times, “For years, Ms. Ebadi [Nobel Peace Laureate] and two other women, Mehrangiz Kar, a more secular human rights and family lawyer, and Shahla Lahidji, an outspoken publisher specializing in books about women, were labeled the "Three Musketeers" because they were considered the country's most active proponents of women's rights.”

 


PETR 3559/5559-002: The Challenges of Democracy in Iran

Instructor: Mehrangiz Kar

M, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

132 New Cabell Hall

 

This course discusses the challenges of establishing democracy in contemporary Iran. While the focus is on post-1979 Revolution, we will begin with a historical review beginning with the 1906 constitutional revolution. We will analyze not only the historical and the political but also the social and cultural obstacles to democracy that have deep roots in Iranian history.

 

Mehrangiz Kar is a prominent Iranian lawyer, acclaimed author of several books, and a celebrated activist of human and women’s rights in Iran. According to The New York Times, “For years, Ms. Ebadi [Nobel Peace Laureate] and two other women, Mehrangiz Kar, a more secular human rights and family lawyer, and Shahla Lahidji, an outspoken publisher specializing in books about women, were labeled the "Three Musketeers" because they were considered the country's most active proponents of women's rights.”

 


 

Urdu in American Academia

Check out the latest article by Mehr Farooqi in Dawn by clicking here.

MESALC Students Highlight the Importance of Foreign Language and Area Studies

Charlottesville, VA

Student Council hears concerns about new low-enrollment policy

http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2017/11/student-council-hears-concerns-about-new-low-enrollment-policy

 

University Policy Threatening Future of Middle Eastern, South Asian Departments Discussed at StudCo Meeting

http://wuvanews.com/2017/11/14/news/university-policy-threatening-future-middle-eastern-south-asian-departments-discussed-studco-meeting-hypocrisy-unreal-2/

An Interview with Prof. Mehr Afshan Farooqi on Urdu writer and critic, Muhammad Hasan Askari

MESALC's own Mehr Farooqi recently finished an interview with online blog Cafe Dissensus on Urdu writer and critic, Muhammad Hasan Askari. Click here to read more.

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