- Monday: 2pm-4pm
- Tuesday: 11am-12pm & 3pm-4pm
- Wednesday: 3pm-5pm
Should you want to come speak with me about the final exam, the course more generally, or anything else, I'll be holding office hours during the final exam week in accordance with the below schedule:
If you are wondering why map quizzes matter, take a look at this map to the right and guess what is wrong with it. The image from a screenshot of a CNN broadcast in 2011.
Our second map quiz will be administered during the first 10 minutes of our class on Monday 11 April. For this map quiz, you need to be able to identify all the countries of the contemporary Middle East and North Africa, be able to list any five capital-country combinations, and be able to identify the major bodies of water (see first map quiz). For bonus points (optional!), you will be asked to identify the formal/informal colonial power that ruled over each state. You may use the below two annotated maps as a study guide. Please note there will not be a word bank, as it is your responsibility to know all the countries, cities, bodies of water, and their spelling.
During the spring term, there will be a number of campus events that are of relevance to our course. While attendance at these events is completely optional, those students wishing to earn extra credit in the course can submit a one-page summary of the event to the course professor via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by no later than 3:05pm on the Monday following the event.
The one-page summary must contain both the identifying information of the student (Full Name, Course, Section, Submission Date) as well as the event (Event Title, Presenter's Name, Date of Event, Location of Event). The summary must be comprised of three paragraphs written on 1-inch margins and in single-space (not double-space). Please note your total word count should be no less than 500 words.
In anticipation of any questions regarding your midterm assessment or the course more generally, I am holding expanded office hours during the first week back from spring break:
As listed in the course syllabus, and announced in lecture on earlier this week, your first midterm will take place on Monday of Week 6. Below you fill find the details concerning this midterm:
I encourage you to make use of our in-class time to ask questions, and also of my expanded office hours, which some of you already have.
Please note that we have one more week of lectures/readings (Week 5) and then the in-class midterm exam during on Monday of Week 6. Given that the midterm will cover all readings and lectures between the start of the term through the end of Week 5, I strongly advise that you make sure you are caught up on the readings and begin getting through the Week 5 readings (which I am breaking down below to help you organize your time).
The in-class midterm exam (February 13, during Week 6) will be comprised of three short essay questions and ten identification terms. I will say more about this in class on Monday. Given how the syllabus, readings, and lectures are organized, you can already anticipate some of the midterm short essay questions. They are designed to ensure that you understand the big picture transformations regarding Middle East history in general and gender practices in particular. The identification terms will be drawn from the list of key terms you have already been given as part of each lecture outline. Again, I will have more to say about this on Monday, but you should not wait until then to do any catching up you might need to do.
Readings for Week 5
For this week, we are going to be focusing on the early modern period in the Ottoman Empire. The empire originated in the 1200s, in the context of the fragmentation of the Abbasid Empire into multiple smaller states all competing with one another across the region (more on this in lecture). Yet the Ottoman Empire that would emerged out of that fragmentation would last until the end of World War I (1918) and effectively span much of the Middle East and North Africa. However, this week, we are particularly focusing on the period between the 1300s and the 1700s, and the gender practices of the ruling (Ottoman) family in particular. We will be reading a lot of marriages, concubines, and the harem of the Ottoman sultan, and how those dynamics relate to broader political and social dynamics, including the experiences and agency of the women who were the wives or concubines of the sultan.
The key to this week is that we have just completed the historical period in which the 4 schools of Sunni interpretation emerge, and we even compared what these different schools have to say about the issue of "apportionment" among the wives and concubines of Muslim men. What we now want to do is move away from what these Islamic texts say, and investigate the realities of women's lives in the immediate period afterward that featured a new large empire (i.e., the Ottoman Empire). We are thus less interested in doctrine and more interested in practice. I promise you will find the readings extremely illuminating.
The total number of pages for this week are a little more than usual, but they promise some really interesting and insightful facts and analysis. To give you a sense of the readings, here is what they cover. If you can't get through all of them before class on Monday, here is one way to divide them.
Please don't hesitate to be in touch with any questions or concerns. Please visit the announcement section of the course website for my expanded office hours during Week 5, which I announced last week.
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):
Begin forwarded message:
From: "Ziad Abu-Rish - email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 email@example.com) 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.