Middle East and North Africa Studies

Middle East and North Africa Studies

Middle East and North Africa studies (MENA) at Oberlin draws upon faculty and courses across the humanities and social sciences. We construe the region broadly, including Africa north of the Sahara, the Arabian Peninsula, Eastern Mediterranean, Iran, Turkey, and the Red Sea and Gulf littoral states.

Students can add a MENA minor to any other course of study. Completion of a MENA minor demonstrates a basic level of familiarity with this region; the range of courses permits students to develop their curriculum and to pursue deeper and broader studies beyond the minor requirements.

Because of the wide range of subject matters relevant to understanding the region, many courses from differing disciplinary orientations can count toward the minor. The only subject requirement is a beginning knowledge of at least one of the languages used in the region.

Read more about the Middle East and North Africa Studies Concentration in the course catalog.


Courses Applying to the MENA Minor

Course Number Course Title
ARBC 101-102Beginning Arabic I and II
ARBC 201-202Intermediate Arabic I and II
FREN 373Introduction à la littérature francophone
FYSP 042The River Nile: Power, Capital and Revolt in Egypt
HIST 121, 122MENA History from the Rise of Islam to the present
HIST 132Introduction to Jewish Civilization, II (from 1492 on)
HIST 383Borders, Wars, and Refugees in MENA, from the Ottomans to ISIL
HIST 401U.S. Foreign Policy in MENA
JWST 101-102Elementary Modern Hebrew I, II
HIST 486France and Algeria, 1830-1962
HIST/JWST 131, 132Jewish History I, II from Biblical Antiquity the Present
JWST/RELG 208New Testament and Christian Origins
POLT 112Introduction to Middle East Politics
POLT 122Colloquium: Israel-Palestine Conflict
POLT 263Comparative Political Economy in the Middle East
POLT 264Urban Politics in Developing Cities
POLT 312Mastering Nature: The Politics of Science and Technology in the Middle East
RELG 108Introduction to Religion: Women and the Western Traditions
RELG 205Hebrew Bible in its Ancient Near Eastern Context
RELG 208New Testament and Christian Origins
RELG 272Introduction to the Qur’an
RELG 270Islam
RELG 275Religion and Politics in the Modern Muslim World
RELG 373Islamic Mystic Traditions, and Literature, Seminar
RELG 276The Ethics of Conflict Resolution and Peacemaking in Christianity and Islam
RELG 390Forgiveness in Muslim and Christian Traditions
RELG 374Friendship: Perspectives in Economics, Politics, Religion and Art
ARBC 151Arab Cinema (will be counted only as a half course for MENA requirements)
ANTH 291Anthropology of the Middle East
ANTH 258Envt & Rev in the Middle East
CLAS 307Roman Egypt

MENA Committee Members, 2017-18