A is for Arab: Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture

New Cabell Hall, first floor lobby

Come see the A is for Arab: Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture art exhibit in the New Cabell Hall first floor lobby! Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute and the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University.

New Course: Love, War, and Exile in Hoda Barakat's Narrative

New Course for Spring 2014 - taught by Professor Hanadi Al-Samman


ARAB 4559/8559

Love, War, and Exile in Hoda Barakat's Narrative

This course explores the intersection of love, war, and exile in the literature of a prominent Lebanese writer—Hoda Barakat.  Ms. Barakat’s reflections on the Lebanese civil war, paradigms of familial domination, and governmental authoritarianism articulate the causes of Arab citizens continued sense of alienation, and the subsequent Arab Spring’s desire for political agency.  Advanced students of Arabic will study an abridged version of Barakat’s novel, My Master and My Lover (2004; 2013), and will have a rare chance of interacting with the author in person during her one-month residency on Grounds.

MEST 2470: Reflections of Exile

1003 McLeod Hall

Reflections of Exile: Jewish Languages and Their Communities


MEST 2470 / ANTH 2470

Professor Daniel Lefkowitz


Fall 2013

MW 2:00 – 2:50 pm

(+ Discussion Sections)

McLeod 1003


This course is a lively introduction to sociolinguistics by way of the

history of Jewish communities and languages. We focus on the four major

Jewish Languages – Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Arabic, and Hebrew – while

exploring such linguistic topics as the history of writing, language and

nationalism, verbal art, ethnopoetics, language death and revitalization,

and historical change. No prior knowledge of Jewish history or Jewish

Languages is assumed.

MESA 2700: Recent Revolutions

1003 McLeod Hall

New Course Listing - Space Available! Open to All Students.

Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures

Recent Revolutions in the Islamic World

MESA 2700

M/W/F 9:00-9:50am  McLeod Hall 1003

Open to All Students

Core Course Questions: Why have people been rebelling across the Islamic world? What do they want? How? Are these uprisings failing, being hijacked, or re-loading? What does history counsel? Do these revolutions have a future? 

 What would Jefferson think?

Course satisfies non-western perspectives requirement.

For syllabus and more info, please contact (Wm) Scott Harrop at

New Course: Persian Spring?

This course examines the development of literature and cinema generally in Iran since the 1979 Revolution, and particularly since the Green Movement of 2009, with the aim of better understanding a culture often misunderstood in the West. Through an examination of literature, film and media we will highlight the multi-faceted relationship of the arts and society in Iran. We will see how arts imitate life and vice a versa. Iranian culture is imbued with notions of sacrifice, love, understanding of a fine line between good and evil, and religiosity. All these factors come into play in the cinematic expressions of Iran without fail. By examining many of the movies, events, and media sensations in the Islamic Republic of Iran, we are simultaneously looking at a historical mirror, and a literary and philosophical past, which for all intents and purposes had heralded the events in Iran today and had founded the artistic expressions that embody those events.

MEST 2559

Persian Spring? : Literature and Cinema in Iran (1979-Present)

Alireza Korangy

M/W 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

262 Chemistry Building

New Course: Faith and Culture

This course is designed to introduce students to key issues pertaining to women and Islam in the Middle East and South Asia. Students will be exposed to the ways in which region, culture, and social contexts have all contributed to current views and practices in the Middle East and South Asia. We will read a variety of primary and secondary sources, including literary, religious, historical and anthropological texts. Students will also be exposed to some fiction and film. Through an exploration of a number of controversial issues pertaining to women and Islam, this course offers an introduction to the diverse socio-cultural contexts that have shaped these regions over time.

MESA 2559, Section 001

Faith and Culture: Women and Islam in the Middle East and South Asia

Sara Omar

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

1120 Claude Moore Nursing Education Building

Book TV

Book TV at University of Virginia: Farzaneh Milani: "Words, Not Swords: Iranian Women Writers and the Freedom of Movement". Professor Farzaneh Milani sat down with Book TV to discuss her latest book, "Words, Not Swords". Click here to watch this interview.

Islam Awareness Month

March 19th - April 9th is Islam Awareness Month

Yarmouk Program Receives Grant

The UVA-Yarmouk University Summer Arabic Program has been awarded a grant from the US Department of Education- Fulbright Hays Group Study Abroad for 2012-2013 in the amount of $90,532.00. The grant will extend for four years. The grant will support advanced students of Arabic who will be studying through the UVA-Yarmouk Program in Jordan.