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From the histories of the Indian Ocean slave trade to the movements of merchants, musicians, scholars, and laborers, Africa and the Middle East are intimately connected. Today, we can see this entangling in the Afro-Palestinian community of Jerusalem, the musical traditions of Oman, or the Ethiopian migrant workers of Lebanon. Even if we separate the continent of Africa from the countries surrounding the Arabian peninsula—easier to do on a two-dimensional map than in reality—when it comes to life on the ground, the boundary quickly disintegrates. This course will take us through the history (19th century onwards) into contemporary political and cultural life to think about the complex presence of Africa in the Middle East. In doing so, we seek to undo the idea of territorially-bounded regions in the first place.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – High School Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree – 3.0 GPA. Registration for this course will open on 9/1/2019, please click the 'notify me' button above and we will let you know when it opens.

Instructor Approval: Not required

Remission Eligible: Yes, first day of term; all university policies apply

Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks

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School of Arts & Sciences