Geeta Patel's Interview with King's College Published

Geeta Patel's interview with King's College (Cambridge University) has been published in The King's Review: Interviews 2013-18. Professor Patel was interviewed by Ayşe Polat on June 15th, 2018. Her interview is entitled "Aesthetics of Refraction and Politics of Distraction: A Conversation with Geeta Patel," and appears as the closing interview in The King's Review.


New Spring 2019 Courses

MEST 3559-004/5559-001
Title: "Art & Culture in Iran"
Time: T/Th 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Instructor: Pardis Minuchehr
Room: 283 New Cabell

MEST 3559-005/5559-002
Title: "Love and Rebellion in Iranian Cinema"
Time: W 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Instructor: Pardis Minuchehr
Room: 132 New Cabell

PETR 3559-001/5559-002
Title: "Rumi: Persian Mystical Paths to Happiness"
Time: T/Th 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
Instructor: Pardis Minuchehr
Room: 115 New Cabell

SAST 2559-002
Title: "From Page to Stage/Screen"
Time: T/Th 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Instructor: Bilal Hashmi
Room: 103 Brooks Hall

SAST 2559-003
Title: "Art & Culture of South Asia"
Time: W 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Bilal Hashmi
Room: 187 New Cabell

SAST 2559-004
Title: "Literature & Society in South Asia: Animals"
Time: T/Th 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Instructor: Bilal Hashmi
Room: 144 New Cabell

Samhita Sunya Curates Film Series

MESALC's very own Samhita Sunya curates a film series as part of the Virginia Film Festival. Click below to learn more!

Ottoman History Podcast Interview:

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Professor Milani Publishes Opinion Piece on Khashoggi Assassination in The Daily Progress

Professor Milani published a moving piece entitled "Mideast journalists often pay in blood: Khashoggi is the latest" in The Daily Progress on October 26th, 2018.

UVA in India Promo Video

Check out the new promo video for the UVA in India program! Enroll now for J-Term 2019 or Spring 2019.


MESA 1559: Gateway to the Middle East & South Asia

This course is an overview of the cultural dynamics as evident in the language, literature and arts of the Middle East and South Asia. The goal is to help students see the continuities between the two regions. It is the gateway course for majors and minors.


ARTR 3559/5559: Global Masterpieces of the Classical Islamicate World: A Comparative Approach

The course explores the literary masterworks of some of the most celebrated prose authors of the Classical Islamicate World. Students will develop an appreciation for the development of the intellectual history of what may be called not without reservation the medieval and early modern Middle East (including North Africa, al-Andalus and Sicily).


PETR 3559-001/5559-001: Modernity and Iran's Post-Revolutionary Cinema

In this course, we examine Iran’s historical and cultural engagement with the ideas of modernity from the eyes of post-revolutionary directors emerging from one of the most celebrated national cinemas in the Middle East.  This selection of post-revolutionary cinema will be a gateway into understanding Iran’s cultural, historical and political spheres in the contemporary era.


PETR 3559-002/5559-002: Rumi: Persian Mystical Paths to Happiness

Rumi is today one of America’s best-selling poets. In fact, the Persian poet’s mystical teachings have been translated far and wide for over eight centuries in a vast geographical area. In this course, we study the teachings of Rumi’s spiritual path to happiness and the intricacies of his philosophical discourse to find out the secrets of his international appeal. We will also examine Rumi’s existing ritualistic traditions, the contemporary reception of Sufism, and the varied manifestations of Sufi ideas around the world.


SAST 2559-001: From Page to Stage/Screen

The focus of this course is on the art of adaptation. Students will be introduced to a variety of texts and their adaptations, beginning with Kalidasa’s Śakuntalā as European opera (Théophile Gautier, Franco Alfano, Franz Schubert) and Kalyug (dir. Shyam Benegal, 1981) as a screen adaptation of the Mahābhārata. Additional short works (and corresponding adaptations) to be studied by some or all of the following authors: Manu Bhandari, Rajinder Singh Bedi, G.M. Muktibodh, Premcand, Phanishwar Nath ‘Renu’, Mahadevi Verma.  


SAST 2559-002: Literature & Society in South Asia (Animals)

The aim of this course is to interrogate the relationship between animals and humans in South Asian literatures and societies. We will begin by reading excerpts from the Pañcatantra before moving on to contemporary texts. Films to be screend will include such titles as Hāthı̄ merā sāthı̄ (dir. M. A. Thirumugam, 1971) and Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor (dir. Uzair Zaheer Khan, 2018).

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


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