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NELC Course Offerings

Current Courses

Listings of NELC classes offered for the past several years through the present day may be found on the IU Schedule of Classes. Descriptions for NELC courses offerred between 1998 and the fall semester of 2011 may be found at the IU Course Descriptions website. Current course offerings and descriptions may be found on the IU Course Schedule page.


Complete Course List

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures offers a diverse array of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level within five main tracks of study:

  • Arabic Language and Linguistics (A)
  • Islamic Studies (IS)
  • Middle Eastern Cultures and Civilizations (MEC)
  • Middle Eastern Literatures (MEL)
  • Middle Eastern Religions (MER)

Each NELC course (undergraduate and graduate) and its associated track(s) are listed below. Courses followed by an asterisk (*) are crosslisted from another department. Please note that not all courses are offered every semester.


Undergraduate Course Offerings

Arabic Language and Linguistics (A)

A100–150 Elementary Arabic (A)
A200–250 Intermediate Arabic (A)
A300–350 Advanced Arabic (A)
N181–182 Qur'anic Arabic (A)
N223 Conversational Arabic (A)
N255 Multimedia Arabic (A)
N310 Arabic Composition (A)
N312 Arabic Grammar (A)
N329 Arabic Phonetics and Phonology (A)
N394 Individual Readings in Modern Arabic (A)
N398 Readings in Arabic Language and Linguistics (A)
N393 Individual Readings in Classical Arabic Literature (IS, MEL, A)

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Islamic Studies (IS)

E104 Voices from Africa: History in Novels, Films, and Memoirs
E336 History of East Africa (IS, MEC) *
E338 History of Muslim West Africa (IS, MEC) *
F430 Islam among the Folk (IS, MER, MEC) *
N205 Topics in Near Eastern Culture and Literature
N220 Muhammad: Life of the Prophet (IS, MER, MEC)
N265 Introduction to Islamic Civilization (IS, MER, MEC)
N350 Khomeini: Roots of Revolution (IS, MEC, MER)
N365 Islamic Philosophy (IS, MER, MEC)
N370 Qur'anic Studies (IS, MEL, MER)
N385 Persian Mystical Literature in Translation (IS, MEL)
N393 Individual Readings in Classical Arabic Literature (IS, MEL, A)
R152 Introduction To Religions of the West (IS, MER) *
R257 Introduction to Islam (IS, MER) *
R300 Topics in Islam (IS, MER) *
R356 Islamic Mysticism (IS, MER) *
R367 Shi'ite Islam (IS, MER) *
R456 Topics in the Study of Islam (IS, MER) *
U394 Islam in the Soviet Union and Successor States (IS, MEC) *
U493 Central Asia in the 16th-19th Centuries (IS, MEC) *
U498 Studies in Inner Asian Religious Traditions

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Middle Eastern Cultures and Civilizations (MEC)

E336 History of East Africa (IS, MEC) *
E338 History of Muslim West Africa (IS, MEC) *
F307 Middle Eastern Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music
F420 Health and Morbidity in Traditional Cultures (MEC) *
F430 Islam among the Folk (IS, MER, MEC) *
H203 Islamic Civilization to 1300 CE (MEC) *
N220 Muhammad: Life of the Prophet (IS, MER, MEC)
N265 Introduction to Islamic Civilization (IS, MER, MEC)
N350 Khomeini: Roots of Revolution (IS, MEC, MER)
N365 Islamic Philosophy (IS, MER, MEC)
N241 Contemporary Israeli Culture (MEC)
U311 Prophets, Poets, and Kings: Iranian Civilization (MEC, MER) *
U320 Topics in Central Eurasian Studies
U394 Islam in the Soviet Union and Successor States (IS, MEC) *
U397 Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (MEC)
U398 Peoples and Cultures of Central Asia (MEC) *
U493 Central Asia in the 16th-19th Centuries (IS, MEC)*
U498 Studies in Inner Asian Religious Traditions

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Middle Eastern Literatures (MEL)

C370 Arabic-Western Literary Relations (MEL) *
E103 Topics in Arts and Humanities
F307 Middle Eastern Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music
L367 The Literature of the Bible (MEL, MER) *
N205 Topics in Near Eastern Culture and Literature
N240 Directed Readings in Persian Literature (MEL)
N370 Qur'anic Studies (IS, MEL, MER)
N380 Topics in Persian Literature in Translation (MEL)
N385 Persian Mystical Literature in Translation (IS, MEL)
N388 Recent Hebrew Literature in English
N393 Individual Readings in Classical Arabic Literature (IS, MEL, A)
N395 S. Y. Agnon and the Jewish Experience (MEL)
N492 Research in Classical Persian Texts (MEL)
N495 Directed Readings in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (MEL)
N497 Individual Readings in Hebrew
R311 Narrative in the Hebrew Bible (MEL, MER) *
R445 Topics in History of Judaism

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Middle Eastern Religions (MER)

B325 Judaism and Christianity in Conflict (MER) *
C400 Studies in Comparative Literature
E103 Topics in Arts and Humanities
E334 Jews in Moslem Society (MER) *
F307 Middle Eastern Folklore/Folklife/Folk Music
F430 Islam among the Folk (IS, MER, MEC) *
L367 The Literature of the Bible (MEL, MER) *
N205 Topics in Near Eastern Culture and Literature
N220 Muhammad: Life of the Prophet (IS, MER, MEC)
N265 Introduction to Islamic Civilization (IS, MER, MEC)
N350 Khomeini: Roots of Revolution (IS, MEC, MER)
N365 Islamic Philosophy (IS, MER, MEC)
N370 Qur'anic Studies (IS, MEL, MER)
R152 Introduction To Religions of the West (IS, MER) *
R210 Introduction to the Old Testament (MER) *
R257 Introduction to Islam (IS, MER)*
R300 Topics in Islam (IS, MER) *
R310 Prophecy in Ancient Israel (MER) *
R311 Narrative in the Hebrew Bible (MEL, MER)*
R317 Judaism in the Making (MER) *
R342 Religious Thought in Medieval Judaism (MER)*
R356 Islamic Mysticism (IS, MER) *
R367 Shi'ite Islam (IS, MER) *
R410 Topics in Israelite Religion (MER) * (C400, above)
R425 Introduction to Judaism (MER) *
R445 Topics in History of Judaism
R456 Topics in the Study of Islam (IS, MER) *
U311 Prophets, Poets, and Kings: Iranian Civilization (MEC, MER) *
U320 Topics in Central Eurasian Studies
U498 Studies in Inner Asian Religious Traditions

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Graduate Course Offerings

Arabic Language and Linguistics (A)

A500-550 Elementary Arabic (A)
A600–650 Intermediate Arabic (A)
A660–670 Advanced Arabic (A)
N502–552 Qur'anic Arabic (A)
N510 Arabic Composition (A)
N512 Arabic Grammar (A)
N523 Conversational Arabic (A)
N524 Introduction to Arabic Linguistics (A)
N529 Arabic Phonetics and Phonology (A)
N555 Multimedia Arabic (A)
N598 Readings in Arabic Language and Linguistics (A)
N690 Research in Classical Arabic Texts: topic varies (IS, MEL, A)

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Islamic Studies (IS)

E536 History of East Africa (IS, MEC) *
E538 History of Muslim West Africa (IS) *
F617 Middle Eastern Folklore/Folk Music
H695 Colloquium in African History (IS) *
N565 Introduction to Islamic Civilization (IS, MER, MEC)
N570 Qur'anic Studies (IS, MEL, MER)
N593 Individual Readings in Classical Arabic Literature (IS, MEL)
N650 Khomeini: Roots of Revolution (IS, MEC, MER)
N680 Islamic Philosophy (IS, MER, MEC)
N685 Persian Mystical Literature in Translation (IS, MEL)
N690 Research in Classical Arabic Texts: topic varies (IS, MEL, A)
N701 Topics in Arabic Literature
N707 Seminar in Classical Arabic Literature
R553 Topics in the Study of Islam (IS, MER) *
R644 History of Islam in Modern Southeast Asia (IS, MER) *

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Middle Eastern Cultures and Civilizations (MEC)

E536 History of East Africa (IS, MEC) *
E600 Anthropological Approaches to Study of Islam: topic varies (MEC) *
F545 Folk Narrative
F617 Middle Eastern Folklore/Folk Music
F740 History of Ideas in Folklore/Ethnomusicology
N565 Introduction to Islamic Civilization (IS, MER, MEC)
N650 Khomeini: Roots of Revolution (IS, MEC, MER)
N680 Islamic Philosophy (IS, MER, MEC)
U511 Prophets, Poets, and Kings: Iranian Civilization (MEC, MER)*
U520 Topics in Central Eurasian Studies
U798 Seminar on Central Asian Nomadic Pastoral Societies

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Middle Eastern Literatures (MEL)

C545 Bible and Western Literature (MEL) *
C573 Arabic-Western Literary Relations (MEL) *
F545 Folk Narrative
F617 Middle Eastern Folklore/Folk Music
G540 Readings in Byzantine Greek (MEL, B) *
N570 Qur'anic Studies (IS, MEL, MER)
N587 Modern Hebrew Literature in English (MEL)
N588 Recent Hebrew Literature in English (MEL)
N590 Directed Readings in Arabic (MEL)
N591 Directed Readings in Hebrew (MEL)
N592 Directed Readings in Persian (MEL)
N593 Individual Readings in Classical Arabic Literature (IS, MEL)
N685 Persian Mystical Literature in Translation (IS, MEL)
N690 Research in Classical Arabic Texts: topic varies (IS, MEL, A)
N691 Research in Medieval Hebrew Texts (MEL)
N692 Research in Classical Persian Texts (MEL)
N695 Readings and Research in NELC
N701 Topics in Arabic Literature
N707 Seminar in Classical Arabic Literature
N708 Seminar in Judaic Literature (MEL)
N709 Seminar in Modern Arabic Literature (MEL)
R610 Studies in Biblical Literature and Religion (MEL) *
R663 History of Biblical Interpretation (MEL) *

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Middle Eastern Religions (MER)

F617 Middle Eastern Folklore/Folk Music
N565 Introduction to Islamic Civilization (IS, MER, MEC)
N570 Qur'anic Studies (IS, MEL, MER)
N650 Khomeini: Roots of Revolution (IS, MEC, MER)
N680 Islamic Philosophy (IS, MER, MEC)
N701 Topics in Arabic Literature
R553 Topics in the Study of Islam (IS, MER)*
R644 History of Islam in Modern Southeast Asia (IS, MER)*
U511 Prophets, Poets, and Kings: Iranian Civilization (MEC, MER)*
U520 Topics in Central Eurasian Studies*

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