I'll be holding expanded office hours during Week 4 and Week 5. This schedule replaces my usual office hours, but only for this two-week period. Please feel free to stop by with any questions or concerning you might have, or simply to introduce yourselves in person.
Below is what you need to know for the first map quiz, which will be administered during the first 10 minutes of class on Wednesday 25 January 2017 (which is our second meeting in Week 3). Please take this map quiz seriously. First, it is an easy way to help you do well in the course in terms of your overall grade. Second, you need to know this stuff as we move forward with the course.
The material you are responsible for knowing on this first map quiz is as follows:
Key Sub-Regions of the Middle East and North Africa: Arabian Peninsula, Levant, Mesopotamia, Persia, Egypt, North Africa, Iberian Peninsula, Anatolia (aka Asia Minor), Balkans, and Caucuses.
Major Bodies of Water: Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Arabian/Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Black Sea, Caspian Sea, Nile River, Euphrates River, Oxus River
Major Cities/Towns: Mecca, Medina, Damascus, Jerusalem, Baghdad, Constantinople (aka Istanbul), Tabriz, and Isfahan.
Click here to download one-page study guide listing the above and providing a blank map.
If you are wondering what a properly completed map should look like, please consult the following two maps which illustrate where each of the above-listed geographic elements should be located:
It was a pleasure meeting you all today during our first meeting. I am very much looking forward to working with you all and getting to know as many of you as possible as the semester progresses. Please note the following reminders from today's announcements (including assignments due this week):
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From: "Ziad Abu-Rish - firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Subject: Important Details for HIST 3320 (Spring 2015)
Date: January 2, 2017
Welcome to what promises to be an engaging and challenging course on the topic of gender and Middle East history. You are receiving this message because you are enrolled for "History 3320: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Middle East History" (Originally titled "Women in Middle East History").
I hope each of you had a good winter break, and that the transition back to the second semester of the year is kicking off as smooth as possible. My name is Ziad Abu-Rish and I will be your course instructor. There is much I could say to introduce you to the course, both its nature and its requirements. For now, please make sure to read this email carefully.
First Day of Class
Our first meeting will be this Monday, 9 January, at :30pm in Bentley 306. I expect all of you to be there, as attendance will be taken. We will go over the details of the course as well as provide some context and background for what we will be learning in the coming weeks.
Readings for First Week
Please note that there are two short readings assigned for the first week of class that you are expected to complete before our second (Thursday) class meeting of the week. You can download them from the course website (see below). These are relatively short readings, and doing them ahead of time will greatly enhance your comprehension of the material covered in lectures during the first two days.
For the purposes of this course, we will be using a course website that I design and administer. Please refer to this course website for all course-related information, including syllabus, readings, assignments, and more. The URL for this course website is http://gender-middle-east.weebly.com. Please bookmark this URL immediately, as it will be your go-to source for the course.
There are three textbooks books and one novel required for this course. Please refer to the course website for a listing of those books (note: you have a choice of one of two novels). You are free to purchase or rent these books online, though the university bookstore should by now have copies available for in-person purchases. Please do not delay in getting a hold of your copies. All others readings will be available for download via the course website.
Never Hesitate To Ask
I know there is only a day before school starts, and that you are all probably in the midst of planning and preparing for the trek back to Athens or already setting up shop in town. We will have time to go over everything you need to know about the course during the first day of class. In the mean time, please do not hesitate to contact me (via firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or concerns you might have. I look forward to seeing you all come this Monday and getting to know you over the course of the term.