First Year Seminar: Introduction to Asian and Middle East Studies
This course is a first-year seminar designed to introduce students to the study of Asia and the Middle East within the context of the global humanities. It serves as a sampler, which will expose students to the rich diversity of Asian and Islamicate humanities. The seminar will explore a wide range of primary sources from different places and historical periods. These may include such diverse materials as the memoirs of the medieval Mulim traveler Ibn Battuta, "The Analects of Confucius," readings from the "Vedas" and "Upanishads," Farid ud din Attar's "The Conference of the Birds," Murasaki Shikibuas "The Tale of Genji," Cao Xuegin's "The Story of the Stone," Kurosawa's "Rashomon", short fiction from the modern Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani, and examples of contemporary Chinese science fiction. Only open to first-year students.