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  Major Historical Figures: Edward Said   (HI-640)
Winter/Spring 2005

This course deals with Edward Saidís fascinating intellectual legacy, which comprises literary, political, and religious issues. Saidís classic work Orientalism launched him to fame the year it was published in 1978. This important work was followed by others that are no less outstanding, such as Covering Islam, Culture and Imperialism, and Humanism and Democratic Criticism. The course will systemically discuss Saidís oeuvre in relation to such issues as orientalism, Islam and the West, Islam in the West, literature and religion, the Palestine-Israeli conflict, secularism, humanism, religion and culture, imperialism, neo-colonialism and the contemporary United States. 

Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Tuesdays 4:30-6:50 p.m. beginning January 25

Ibrahim Abu-Rabi
Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations 


Contact Information:

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Course Syllabus




 

BOOKS:

The following books by Edward Said are required:

1)      Orientalism
2)      Culture and Imperialism;
3)      Covering Islam
4)      The Question of Palestine

5)      Out of Place
6)      The Politics of Dispossession;
7)      From Oslo to Iraq and the Road Map

8)      Humanism and Democratic Criticism;

 

The following is required as well:

9)      Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth

 

BREAKDOWN OF THE COURSE 

1)  FIRST WEEK:  Introduction to Edward Saidís Oeuvre and impact on Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations.

Reading: Introduction and chapter one of Orientalism

2) SECOND WEEK:  Orientalism and the Field of Islamic Studies.

           Reading: Chapter 2 of Orientalism 

3) THIRD WEEK:  Modern Orientalism Revisited:

Reading: Chapter 3 of Orientalism

4) FOURTH WEEK: MASS MEDIA AND ISLAM

         Reading: COVERING ISLAM

5)  FIFTH WEEK:  MASS MEDIA AND ISLAM

Reading: Covering Islam.

6)  SIXTH WEEK: The Question of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Reading: The Question of Palestine

7)  SEVENTH WEEK: The Question of Palestine

Reading: The Question of Palestine

8)  EIGHTH WEEK: Colonialism, Neocolonialism and Post-colonialism

  Reading from Culture and Imperialism; pp. 1-43

9)  NINTH WEEK: Colonialism, Neocolonialism and Post-colonialism

Reading from Culture and Imperialism; pp. 43-61.

10)  TENTH WEEK: Colonialism, Neocolonialism and Post-colonialism

Reading from Culture and Imperialism; pp. 282-336

11)   ELEVENTH WEEK: Frantz Fanon and Colonialism

Reading: Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth.

12)  TWELFTH WEEK:  Frantz Fanon and Colonialism

Reading: Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

Each student is required to 1) attend all sessions of the class; 2) give one presentation, and 3) write FOUR analytical book reviews on the following books BY Edward Said:

1)      Out of Place;
2)      The Politics of Dispossession;

3)      From Oslo to Iraq and the Road Map;
4)      Humanism and Democratic Criticism.

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