The Middle East & Beyond – Two Highly Recommended Courses for Spring 2016

“Mathematics, astronomy and medicine; those are three of the many disciplines that would not exist in their present form without the contributions of Muslim scholars and thinkers throughout the centuries. We in the West don’t often remember that.”—Aaron Schachter, Anchor, BBC “The World” 

Enhance your understanding of current events and intercultural exchange through the study of Middle Eastern history (Professor David Halahmy) and Arabic literature (Professor Randa Wabe). Cypress College is pleased to offer two highly-demanded, exceptionally-taught courses that will help you make better sense of today’s interconnected social, political, and religious landscape. Both of these fill fast, so register soon to ensure a seat.

CC Arabic Literature PosterMiddleEast[2]If you’re interested in the Middle East, Arabic literature, and/or Islamic studies, we recommend a few resources:
No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam by UC Riverside professor Reza Aslan.
– Also, an enlightening conversation with Professor Aslan – Islam’s Reformation.
Lost History: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists by Michael Morgan.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – an excellent book that traces the lives of two Afghani women from the Soviet invasion to the rise of the Taliban.
The Middle East, a History by Ochsenwald and Fisher.
– And finally, Fordham University’s “Internet Jewish History Sourcebook” and Internet Medieval Sourcebook, Selected Sources: Islam.

For a complete listing of Cypress College’s English and History courses, please view the 2016 Spring Schedule of Classes. You can also find a printed version of the schedule for sale ($2) in the Campus Bookstore. Current students can locate their starting registration times in myGateway. Registration begins November 23, 2015. Classes begin February 1, 2016. Happy registering!

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