For greater than a decade, Hamilton has supplied an interdisciplinary minor in Center East and Islamic World Research. Due to new skilled college who’ve helped construct a wide-ranging curriculum, the School has designated a brand new focus within the more and more standard space of examine.
The transfer additionally comes with an adjustment to this system’s title – now often called Middle East/Islamicate Worlds Studies – which displays a essential differentiator between Hamilton’s program and others.
“Our curriculum tries to embody the overlapping, however not an identical, cultural complexities of the Center East, in addition to different areas of the world the place Islam has had a big presence traditionally,” mentioned Affiliate Professor of Authorities Kira Jumet, who additionally serves as director of the Center East/Islamicate Worlds Research (MEIWS) Program.
“‘Islamicate,’ a time period coined greater than 50 years in the past by College of Chicago Islamic Research Professor Marshall Hodgson, can embody arts and structure, household constructions, literature, and moral practices, akin to Islamic finance, which can be strongly influenced and formed by Islam however aren’t essentially a part of the faith,” mentioned Jumet. “‘Islamicate,’ due to this fact, additionally contains the cultures of Jewish and Christian communities which have developed in Islamic contexts. Our interdisciplinary program spans a number of areas, from the Center East and North Africa to South and Central Asia.”
The targets of the brand new focus are to allow college students to achieve an knowledgeable understanding of Center Jap and Islamicate world cultures in addition to Jewish cultures throughout Eurasia, South Asia, Africa, and Europe. College students will be capable of examine the historical past, politics, spiritual cultures, and literature of those complicated civilizations thanks to college from throughout disciplines.
“In recent times, we now have benefitted from the presence of Assistant Professor of Asian Studies Usman Hamid and his programs associated to Islam and Iran, in addition to Assistant Professor of Arabic Rama Alhabian and her Trendy Arabic Fiction and Movie class,” Jumet mentioned. “We’re additionally lucky to have Assistant Professor of Art History Arathi Menon contribute her Artwork of the Islamic World course to our program. This yr, we’re excited to have new lessons taught by Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology Deina Rabie, whose analysis focuses on the Arabian Gulf, and Visiting Assistant Professor of History Rebecca Gruskin, who focuses on North African environmental historical past.”
“Our curriculum tries to embody the overlapping, however not an identical, cultural complexities of the Center East, in addition to different areas of the world the place Islam has had a big presence traditionally.” -Kira Jumet
“Our curriculum tries to embody the overlapping, however not an identical, cultural complexities of the Center East, in addition to different areas of the world the place Islam has had a big presence traditionally.” mentioned Affiliate Professor of Authorities Kira Jumet, who additionally serves as director of the Center East/Islamicate Worlds Research (MEIWS) Program.
Earlier graduates who minored within the space of examine have pursued careers in fields starting from worldwide growth to authorities intelligence. Morgan Perry ’21 got here to Hamilton desirous to be taught concerning the politics, societies, and languages of the Center East and North Africa (MENA) and “additional perceive the migration crises going down throughout the area and roiling the world.”
After Hamilton, she labored on the Courageous Home, a non-profit supporting immigrant and refugee younger ladies and gender-based violence survivors in New York Metropolis. Now a Fulbright scholar in Türkiye, she plans to proceed her research at graduate college or with a world relations assume tank.
“My experiences with the lessons and professors [in] the minor broadened my love for Center Jap research tremendously, and it utterly altered my tutorial perspective on the area,” Perry mentioned. “As a result of I used to be in a position to pursue such an in-depth Center East and Islamic World Research focus throughout my time at Hamilton, I used to be outfitted with the background and assets to pursue a 50-page world politics [and] MENA-centered thesis in my senior spring. This challenge fomented my true tutorial ardour in relation to the Center East and North Africa: unearthing and exposing dangerous U.S. International Coverage and neo-imperialism throughout [those regions] that produces revenue whereas inducing hurt.”
Hamilton’s MEIWS program provides Arabic as much as the superior stage and one yr of Hebrew, in addition to the examine of Islam and Judaism as religions and the examine of the complicated civilizations that grew out of these religions within the Center East, South Asia, and Central Asia. College students concerned about modern points could examine politics, literature, and tradition throughout the Center East and North Africa, in addition to among the many rising Muslim and Jewish communities in Europe. The senior challenge will most frequently take the type of a big analysis or literary evaluation paper by way of an advanced-level course or an impartial examine.
Due to Hamilton’s open curriculum, college students get to discover their passions with the help of many curricular and cocurricular assets designed to make sure success.