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Course Descriptions
MEST 101 | ELEMENTARY ARABIC I (3-0-3)    Read syllabus
 
 
F, S, SI
An introduction to Modern Standard Arabic. Skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing are developed. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.
 
MEST 102 | ELEMENTARY ARABIC II (3-0-3)    Read syllabus
 
Prerequisite: MEST 101 | F, S, SI
This is a continuation of MEST 101, with expansion of vocabulary and capability of both oral and written expression. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.
 
MEST 200 | THE UAE EXPERIENCE (3-0-3)    Read syllabus
 
A course that focuses on Dubai. Material of a historical, geographical, cultural, political, and commercial nature is integrated so that students obtain an understanding of what Dubai is today, of how it fits into the world, and those factors that have shaped its development. The course makes use of guest speakers from various sectors of Dubai’s society and numerous field trips guarantee student exposure to important Dubai institutions, organizations, and landmarks.
 
MEST 201 | INTERMEDIATE ARABIC I (3-0-3)    Read syllabus
 
Prerequisite: MEST 102 | F, SI
This is a continuation of MEST 102, with increased emphasis on vocabulary acquisition. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.
 
MEST 202 | INTERMEDIATE ARABIC II (3-0-3)    Read syllabus
 
 
Prerequisite: MEST 201 | S, SI
This course is the sequel to MEST 201 and continues to develop the four skills in language acquisition – reading, writing, listening, and speaking – to further refine the student’s ability to communicate in Arabic at the intermediate level. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.
 
MEST 210 | AN INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE EAST HISTORY (3-0-3)    Read syllabus
 
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 | F, S, SI
This course will examine the rise of Islam in the lands of the Near East as a distinctive period in the history of the region, beginning with the eclipsing of the Byzantine and Sassanid empires in the early 7th century and ending with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in the aftermath of WWI.
 
MEST 323 | ISLAM: HISTORICAL AND SOCIETAL ASPECTS (3-0-3)    Read syllabus
 
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 | F, S, SI
This course is a study of the Islamic religious tradition and its development during various historical periods. The course focuses on the beliefs and practices of Muslims across diverse cultural landscapes as well as on the major schools of thought within Islam. The scope of the course extends to the contemporary period to include an analysis of modern intellectual movements.
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