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Middle East Studies (MESP)
Council of Christian Colleges and Universities

MESP 2104   Introduction to Arabic Language
A course designed to help students gain an appreciation for the richness of Arabic and a desire to master the intricacies of the language. Emphasis is placed upon acquisition of a basic facility in the Egyptian-spoken Arabic dialect. Both oral and written exercises form an integral part of the classroom program.

This MESP course is only offered through the Middle East Studies Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 4.

MESP 3104   Peoples And Cultures Of The Middle East
The course begins with a brief examination of the ancient Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Hebrew, and Arab cultures, including discussion of how these were affected by the Greek and Roman civilizations. This is followed by an examination of the three monotheistic world religions-- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

This MESP course is only offered through the Middle East Studies Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 4.

MESP 3204   Islamic Thought And Practice
A course designed to introduce students to the challenges and difficulties experienced by Muslims seeking to relate to and participate in the modern world. Questions of Quranic interpretation and contextualization are explored. Receiving special emphasis are the ways in which Muslims in different societies have interacted politically and intellectually with the changes inaugurated by an ascendant West.

This MESP course is only offered through the Middle East Studies Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 4.

MESP 3304   Conflict And Change In The Middle East Today
The purpose of this course is to help students understand the political, economic, and religious transformations that have occurred and are occurring, along with the various social movements these transformations have spawned.

This MESP course is only offered through the Middle East Studies Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 4.