AN 594 Sectarian and Ethnic Diversity in the Arab East
Wednesday, 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Anthropology Seminar Room,
Professor Augustus Richard Norton
Phone: 353-7808 (direct), 353-9278 (dept.)
Courseinfo page: http://courseinfo.bu.edu/courses/05sprggrsan594_a1/
seminar explores three complex societies in the Arab world—
Requirements: The ma
In addition to the writing of the research paper, each seminar participant will make two presentations. The first presentation is an analytical summary and critical evaluation of a recommended course reading, accompanied by a two to three page handout summarizing the salient points of the reading. The presentation will be no more than fifteen or twenty minutes in length, to be followed by questions and discussion. The second presentation is a summary of the research paper.
Academic integrity: Please read the Boston University Academic Conduct Code. Handing in someone else's work or ideas as your own (even if you worked on it together as a group) constitutes plagiarism, as does using someone's ideas without attribution. You must give a citation when you use an author's ideas in your paper, even if you do not quote the text word-for-word. I will go over in class the correct procedures for quoting and referencing the work of other authors. If you miss that class or if you have any questions, please ask. Any infraction MUST be reported to the Dean for resolution by the Academic Conduct Committee. Be informed and be careful. Since plagiarized work is the work of another, any paper determined by the Academic Conduct panel to be will normally receive a grade of zero.
the professor preserves 10% of the course grade for participation. Since there
are only fourteen class meetings, attendance is essential. Unexplained and un
Topic statement and annotated bibliography 10%,
Presentations (2 @15 % each) 30%
Required Texts (available at BU bookstore, or on-line, which may be cheaper):
· Batatu, Hanna. The Old Social Classes and the Revolutionary Movements of
Iraq: A Study of 's Old Landed and Commercial Classes and of Its Communists, Bathists, and Free Officers. ( Iraq Press or Saqi Books). Princeton University
· George, Alan.
: Neither Bread nor Freedom (Zed Press) Syria
· Hashim, Ahmed S. "
’s Chaos: Why the Insurgency Won’t Go Away." Iraq Review 29, no. 5 (2004): 15-9. http://www.bostonreview.net/BR29.5/hashim.html Boston
Nizar. In the Path of Hizbullah.
Faleh A. The Shi'ite Movement in
· Khuri, Fuad. Imams and Emirs: State, Religion and Sects (Saqi Books)
· McDowall, David A Modern History of the Kurds
(other readings will be posted on the CourseInfo page): Readings
Fernea, Elizabeth W. Guests of the Sheikh.
: New York
Fernea, Robert A. Shaykh and Effendi: Changing Patterns of
Authority among the Shabana of
Cambridge: Press, 1970. Harvard University
Jabar, Faleh, ed. Ayatollahs,
Sufis and Ideologues: State, Religion and Social Movements in
Nakask, Yitzhak. Iraq’s Shi’ites.
R. Amal and the Shi’a.
________. Hizballah of
WEEK 1 (Jan 19): Course Introduction
and, Norton, “
WEEK 2 (Jan 26): Religion and Sect in Islam
Read: Khuri, part I.
WEEK 3 (Feb 2):
Read: Hamzeh, Norton, Amal and the Shi’a.
WEEK 4 (Feb 9): Political mechanisms, oxymorons and the accommodation of difference.
Read: Khuri, part II, Barth, “Ethnic Groups and Boundaries” (on courseinfo page)
Topic due, February 9.
WEEK 5 (Feb 16): The Syrian case
WEEK 6 (Feb 23): Legacies of State Formation
Read: Bromley, reserve; Batatu; Nakash.
WEEK 7 (Mar 2): SEMINAR WILL BE RESCHEDULED DUE TO PROFESSOR’S MEETING AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT
Tribes in an Iraqi Context
Read: Robert Fernea; Elizabeth Fernea; Batatu.
WEEK 8 (March 16): Religious Symbolism, Ritual and Political Identity
Read: Norton, “‘Ashura in Nabatiyya” (Mugar reserve/CourseInfo page); Jaber.
WEEK 9 (March 23): The Kurdish Question
WEEK 10 (March 30):
Read: Hashim, and other materials to be provided.
WEEK 11: (April 6): PAPER PRESENTATIONS
WEEK 12 (April 13): paper presentations
WEEK 13 (April 20): Monday schedule, NO CLASS
WEEK 14 (April 27): PAPER PRESENTATIONS
WEEK 15 (May 4): PAPER PRESENTATIONS AND WRAP-UP